ATLANTA, Ga. – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia increased by more than eight percent overnight, according to numbers released Sunday evening by the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Of the now confirmed 2,683 cases in the state, 678, or about 25%, have been hospitalized. As of 7 p.m., there were 83 confirmed deaths in the state.
In Southeast Georgia, there was an additional case in Glynn County, bringing the total number there to eight. There were still five cases in Ware County, two in Camden County, one in Charlton County and two in Pierce County. There have been no reported cases in Brantley County.
Fulton County continues to have the highest number of cases, 425, followed by DeKalb with 273 cases and Dougherty -- in Southwest Georgia -- with 247 cases. Dougherty County, where Albany is the county seat, has the most deaths -- 17. Fulton County has 12 deaths and Cobb -- also in the Atlanta area -- has nine.
Of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Georgia, 56% were between 18 and 59 years old, 35% were age 60 and up, 1% were age 17 or younger and 8% were of unknown age. Of the COVID-19 patients, 49% were female and 48% were male, with the gender unknown for the other 3%.
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