Mask mandates in Cobb County government buildings and courts have been lifted, but what is the overall status of the COVID pandemic in the county?
Most news is good. The CDC has classified us as “moderate” community transmission after we were stuck in “high” for most of the last year.
This afternoon, the county announced that Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Lisa Cupid had lifted the emergency declaration after meeting with county health officials.
One of the most encouraging signs for Cobb County is that the percentage of patients in hospitals in our area who are there for COVID has dropped to less than 10%.
While the news is encouraging, the Courier will continue to do these daily weekday COVID reports until the transmission rate drops to “low” and stays there for four weeks.
Numbers in this report are taken from the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Daily COVID Status Report, the published CDC County View Data Tracking Summary, and the Georgia Hospital Bed and Ventilator Utilization Report. Georgia.
Cobb County Numbers
The Georgian Ministry of Public Health displays its COVID statistics based on 14-day blocks.
New cases in Cobb in the last 14 days: 860
14-day case rate per 100,000 population: 109
Number of cases in Cobb since the start of the pandemic: 133,789
Cases per 100,000 inhabitants since the start of the pandemic: 16,923
Cobb Numbers and CDC County View Rates
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gets its numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Health, but presents them in 7-day blocks rather than the 14-day blocks presented by the GDPH.
|Case rate per 100,000||59.20|
|% of population aged ≥ 5 years fully vaccinated||61.3%|
|New confirmed COVID-19 admissions among county residents (estimate)||77|
Percent change over 7 days
|% of population aged ≥ 5 years fully vaccinated||N / A|
|New confirmed COVID-19 admissions among county residents (estimate)||-32.20000000000001%|
|Confirmed cases||Antigen positive cases||Confirmed deaths||Hospitalizations|
Hospital Beds and Ventilators Report
Region N, which includes Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, and Paulding counties, has:
1,205 general hospital beds used outside 1,373 total number of beds, or 87.76%
180 Intensive care beds used out of a total of 197 total number of intensive care beds, or 91.37%.
146 ED beds in use on 296 total number of beds, or 49.32%
94 fans used out of 196 total fans, or 47.96%
9.8% of patients in Region N are classified as COVID-19 patients.
Cobb & Douglas Public Health publishes the case rate on its homepage, although it is not updated frequently.
Visit the Cobb & Douglas Public Health home page by following this link
A more frequently updated summary of COVID statistics for Cobb County is the CDC’s County View page for Cobb County. The numbers come from the Georgia Department of Public Health, but are displayed in a way that’s much easier to read than the GDPH’s sprawling website. From this page you can get a week’s figures on the number of new cases, the rate of cases per 100,000 population, hospitalizations, deaths and the percentage change from the previous 7-day period. . It also includes data on testing and vaccination rates.
Visit the CDC County View page for Cobb County by following this link
The Georgian Ministry of Public Health releases a daily report on the status of the pandemic every afternoon around 3 p.m. It’s a comprehensive report with detailed data and charts organized statewide and by county, which also includes age breakdowns, racial demographics, and vaccination and testing data. .
It’s not the easiest system to navigate, but it’s worth spending time learning to use if you want the latest national and local data on the status of COVID-19.
Visit the Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status Report by following this link
To get an overview of the pressure the pandemic has placed on hospital systems in terms of emergency room visits, hospital bed capacity and ventilator use, there is a report on hospital bed utilization and fans with interactive maps. The map is organized by hospital region, and Cobb County is part of Region N.
Visit the Georgia Hospital Beds and Ventilator Report by following this link
For data on the percentage of patients in Georgia hospitals who have been admitted for COVID-19 versus all other causes, there is a Georgia Medical Facility Patient Census. It also reports numbers by state and by hospital region.
Visit the Georgia Medical Facility Patient Census by following this link