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Georgia caseload adds 8,499‬ confirmed COVID-19 cases

A person is given a test for COVID-19 at a drive through testing location Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Marietta, Ga. The testing is not open to the public people must be referred by the health department. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
A person is given a test for COVID-19 at a drive through testing location Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Marietta, Ga. The testing is not open to the public people must be referred by the health department. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The Georgia Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 8,49 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those cases, 88 were reported in the six Southeast Georgia counties tracked by News4Jax.

As of Wednesday, a total of 566,676 confirmed cases had been reported by the state Department of Public Health.

The agency on Wednesday reported 68 additional confirmed deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 9,872 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic.

According to the state Department of Public Health, 5,349,390 tests have been performed in the state, which had a 10.1% positivity rate, as of Thursday.

Georgia was reporting a total of 99,776 antigen positive cases and 1,062 “probable” deaths on Wednesday. For more on those categories, click here.

(Note: There are variations in the day-to-day data reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Data are based on available information at the time of the report and may not reflect all cases or tests performed in Georgia on that particular day. At times, cases and deaths are removed from the overall running total reported by the Department of Public Health.)

On Wednesday, 306 additional hospitalizations were reported, bringing the state’s total to 42,084 since the outbreak began.

(The chart below is updated daily and the numbers might not reflect the date this article was posted.)

County-by-county breakdown for Southeast Georgia

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, breathing trouble, sore throat, muscle pain, and loss of taste or smell. Most people develop only mild symptoms. But some people, usually those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia.