The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 451 net new COVID-19 diagnoses between Oct. 23 and Oct. 27 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 varied between the cities, going up in Atlanta and down in Sandy Springs, and among the ZIP codes.

A chart of COVID-19 diagnoses by city in Fulton County as shown in an Oct. 27 Board of Health report.

As of Oct. 27, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 13,697 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 13,346 on Oct. 23. Sandy Springs had 2,842 diagnoses, up from 2,755.

Atlanta remained the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at 44.2% of the total, and Sandy Springs remained third with 9.2% 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 up by 48.6% and in Sandy Springs the 14-day trend was down 15.1%.

To view the full report, 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 679 cases and their home city was unknown in 2,080 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 Oct. 27 was 31,023. The countywide confirmed death total from the pandemic was 619. A total of 81 fatalities were being reviewed by the Georgia Department of Public Health to confirm the cause of death.

The number of total diagnosed cases and the 14-day trend in the main ZIP codes in Buckhead and Sandy Springs between the Oct. 23 and Oct. 27 reports were as follows.

Buckhead ZIP codes

30305: 890 (up from 856), up 45.2%

30326: 277 (up from 263), no change

Sandy Springs ZIP codes

30328: 944 (up from 902), down 7.7%

30350: 709 (up from 691), down 22.5%

Buckhead and Sandy Springs combined ZIP codes

30327: 649 (up from 625), up 142.1%

30342: 1,316 (up from 1,285), down 17%

John Ruch

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