Georgia reported more than 11,000 new cases of the coronavirus from June 21 to Saturday, a new one-week record of confirmed cases that shattered the state’s previous high set only the week before.
The 11,176 new confirmed cases reported last week was up 60% compared to the week of June 14, according to an analysis of data from the state Department of Public Health (DPH). Georgia has set a new single-day record for coronavirus cases in each of the past three days, and topped 2,000 in a day for the first time with Sunday’s report of 2,225 confirmed cases.
The coronavirus has seen a resurgence in the U.S., particularly across the South and West, as states reopen their economies. Georgia was among the last states to mandate shelter-in-place, and since the end of April has been among the more the aggressive states in loosening restrictions on businesses and residents.
Gov. Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place order ended for most Georgians on April 30, and the state reported gradually declining cases that month and in the early days of May.
But since that time, Georgia reported week-over-week increases in six out of the past seven weeks, including in each of the past four weeks. Much of the growth is centered in metro Atlanta, but higher case rates occurred across many of Georgia’s 159 counties.