The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 522 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Aug. 10 and Aug. 14 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health.
The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend declined in both cities and in all local ZIP codes.
As of Aug. 14, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 9,402 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 9,059 on Aug. 10. Sandy Springs had 1,866 diagnoses, up from 1,687.
Atlanta remains the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at 44.6% of the total, and Sandy Springs remained third with 8.7% of the total.
The 14-day trend in new COVID-19 in each city is charted in the report, calculated by comparing the 14 days preceding the previous seven days with the 14-day period before that. In Atlanta, the 14-day trend was down by 53.1% and in Sandy Springs the 14-day trend was down by 48%.
The Reporter’s last coverage of the Fulton report was based on the Aug. 10 report. There was an intervening report on Aug. 12, but it contained outdated numbers in some categories carried over from the Aug. 10 report. The Aug. 14 report appears to contain accurately updated numbers.
To view the full reports, see the county website here.
The report does not state whether the numbers reflect the coronavirus’s spread, the state of testing, or both.
The statistics, which are based on patients’ home addresses, are not completely accurate due to such factors as a large number of patients whose cities or ZIP codes are unknown. Of those diagnosed, their ZIP code was unknown in 809 cases and their home city was unknown in 2,505 cases. All numbers are preliminary and may be adjusted later, including through “data cleaning” — the reassignment of some cases to a different ZIP code or city after further analysis.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses in the county as of Aug. 14 was 21,570, up from 20,499 on Aug. 10. Of those, 463 are reported as having died. About 9.2% of patients were hospitalized and about 2.1% died. Countywide, residents and staff of long-term care facilities account for about 8% of diagnoses and 46% of deaths.
The number of total diagnosed cases in the main ZIP codes in Buckhead and Sandy Springs between the Aug. 10 and Aug. 14 reports were as follows. The percentage change in the 14-day trend declined significantly in all of the ZIP codes.
Buckhead ZIP codes
30305: Total: 602 (up from 577)
30326: Total: 176 (up from 170)
Sandy Springs ZIP codes
30328: Total: 617 (up from 574)
30350: Total: 425 (up from 400)
Buckhead and Sandy Springs combined ZIP codes
30327: Total: 390 (up from 363)
30342: Total: 917 (up from 878)