Georgia reports 1,251 additional COVID-19 cases, 49 more deaths

A medical healthcare worker drops a specimen collection into a container after testing a motorist for COVID-19 at a community testing site in the parking lot of La Flor de Jalisco #2 in Gainesville, Ga., Friday, May 15, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
A medical healthcare worker drops a specimen collection into a container after testing a motorist for COVID-19 at a community testing site in the parking lot of La Flor de Jalisco #2 in Gainesville, Ga., Friday, May 15, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

The Georgia Department of Public Health on Friday reported 1,251 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those cases, eight were reported in the Southeast Georgia counties tracked by News4Jax.

As of Friday, a total of 833,665 confirmed cases had been reported by the state Department of Public Health.

The agency on Friday reported 49 additional confirmed deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 15,831 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic.

According to the state Department of Public Health, 7,454,521 tests have been performed in the state, which had a 10.8% positivity rate, as of Friday.

Georgia was reporting a total of 198,048 antigen positive cases and 2,333 “probable” deaths on Friday. 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 Friday, 77 additional hospitalizations were reported, bringing the state’s total to 57,275 since the outbreak began.

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.