The 14-day rate of new COVID-19 diagnoses for periods ending March 9 declined in Atlanta and Sandy Springs, according to a March 16 report from the Fulton County Board of Health.
The 14-day rate also declined in all but one of the main local ZIP codes, with the rate in the remaining ZIP code up slightly.
The report’s format focuses on comparing new diagnoses in a recent 14-day period with the preceding 14 days.
Atlanta remained the number one city in the county for new COVID-19 diagnoses in the previous 14 days, with 848, a 16.1% decrease. Sandy Springs rose to second place with 185 new diagnoses, a 7% decrease.
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 in the most recent 14-day period, their ZIP code was unknown in 21 cases and their home city was unknown in 44 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 March 16 was 76,367. The countywide confirmed death total from the pandemic was 1,131. A total of 117 fatalities were being reviewed by the Georgia Department of Public Health to confirm the cause of death.
The number of new diagnosed cases and the 14-day trend in the main ZIP codes in Buckhead and Sandy Springs in the March 16 report was as follows.
Buckhead ZIP codes
30305: 47, down 7.8%
30326: 11, down 35.3%
Sandy Springs ZIP codes
30328: 63, down 14.9%
30350: 58, down 13.4%
Buckhead and Sandy Springs combined ZIP codes
30327: 56, up 19.1%
30342: 73, down 11%
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported the position of Sandy Springs on the list of Fulton cities as third rather than second.