Cases of COVID-19 in Carroll County continue to rise, although only one death has been reported in the past month.
There had been a total of 881 positive cases in the county as of Tuesday, with at least 182 new cases within the past two weeks. There have been a total of 40 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the county, the last death reported on June 13.
Hospitalizations have also been increasing, according to Dr. Laura Larson, a medical director of infection prevention for Tanner Health System, who spoke previously with the Times-Georgian.
While an increase in testing could be a contributing factor for the increase in number of cases, the recent rise in hospitalizations indicates that the virus is once again infecting people, according to Larson.
And while there may so far have been 182 cases within the past two weeks, those cases fall in a 14-day window where case reporting lags. Confirmed cases over the last 14 days may not be accounted for due to illnesses yet to be reported or test results that may still be pending, according to the state Department of Public Health.
Despite this, the14-day window holds one of the largest single-day numbers of cases reported. On July 1, just seven days ago, there were 31 cases reported in a single day.
April 6 had the next highest single-day cases reported, at 25 cases. But June 29 and 30 are not far behind, with each day reporting 24 cases.
DPH also keeps track of a “seven-day moving average,” which is an average number of cases for the past seven calendar days. In a previous interview with the Times-Georgian, Larson said that this number is more accurate in seeing trends than just looking at one bad day of cases.
That seven-day moving average has also been on the rise according to county specific data at DPH. On July 2, the 7-day moving average was 19.9, as of Tuesday. That average has been increasing since approximately the start of June.
Statewide, DPH shows that certain age groups are catching the virus more than others. The age group of 18-29 year-old individuals has the largest number of positive cases in the state, at approximately 23% of cases.
Despite more young people catching the virus, those who are 80-years-old and older make up approximately 40% of the total number of deaths in the state and 15% of the hospitalizations, the highest percentages out of all the age groups.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DPH, and Governor Brian Kemp all urge people to prevent the spread of the virus through social distancing and wearing masks when in public.
“A mask is not political and a mask is not a tool of control. It is a scientifically proven method to reduce the risk of transmission,” said Larson.