COVID rate among public school-aged Cobb residents continues to increase based on January 28 report

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The COVID rate among Cobb County residents between the ages of 5 and 17, or the age range of kindergarten to 12th grade, has risen for the past two weeks. It is now 1680 cases per 100,000 of population, compared with 1575 last week. This is based on reporting from January 28.

Preschoolers also show a rising rate, although there was a less than 5 percent change among undergraduate college-aged residents.

These figures came from the School-aged COVID Surveillance Report, issued weekly by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Here’s a table comparing Cobb County to the statewide figures:

County or StatewideAge Category30-day daily casesAll cases to date14-day case count14-day case rate (per 100k)14-day rate categoryChange in last 2 weeks
COBB0-4 Years42927681637HighIncreasing
COBB5-17 Years2233922191680HighIncreasing
COBB18-22 Years1471010302188HighLess than 5% change
COBB23+ Years11754897521837HighIncreasing
STATEWIDE0-4 Years65114115711760HighIncreasing
STATEWIDE5-17 Years322833439652378HighLess than 5% change
STATEWIDE18-22 Years205621179422451HighLess than 5% change
STATEWIDE23+ Years17044611706332344HighLess than 5% change

Both the Cobb County and the statewide transmission rates remain high.

About the GDPH School Aged COVID-19 Data Report

The documentation for the School Aged COVID-19 Data Report describes the use of the data as follows:

The data in this report can be used to assess the extent of COVID-19 transmission among preschool/daycare aged children (0-4 years), K-12 school aged children (5-17 years), and college/professional school aged adults (18-22 years) in Georgia. Click on the above tabs to see statewide and county level COVID-19 data. This report is updated weekly. Please consult additional resources to understand trends and other factors affecting your county.

For a complete list of the reports with links, follow this link.

For more information on COVID in Cobb County and statewide

Cobb & Douglas Public Health runs the case rate on their home page, although it is not updated frequently.

Visit the Cobb & Douglas Public Health home page by following this link

A more frequently updated summary of the statistics on COVID for Cobb County is the CDC’s County View page for Cobb County. The numbers come from the Georgia Department of Public Health but are displayed in a much easier-to-read way than the sprawling GDPH website. From this page you can get the one-week figures on the number of new cases, case rate per 100,000 of population, hospitalizations, deaths, and the percentage change from the previous 7-day period. It also includes data on testing and vaccination rates.

Visit the CDC County View page for Cobb County by following this link

The Georgia Department of Public Health publishes a daily status report on the pandemic every afternoon at around 3 p.m. It’s a comprehensive report with extensive data and charts arranged statewide and by county, that also includes age breakdowns, racial demographics, and data on vaccination and testing.

It isn’t the easiest system to navigate, but it’s worth spending time learning how to use if you’re interested in getting the latest statewide and local data on the state of COVID-19.

Visit the Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status Report by following this link

To get an overview of how much the pandemic is stressing the hospital systems in terms of ER visits, hospital bed capacity, and ventilator use, there is a Hospital Bed and Ventilator Use report with interactive maps. The map is organized by hospital region, and Cobb County is part of Region N.

Visit the Georgia Hospital Beds and Ventilator Report by following this link

To get data on what percentage of patients in Georgia hospitals were admitted for COVID-19 versus all other causes, there is a Georgia Medical Facility Patient Census. It also reports numbers by statewide and hospital region.

Visit the Georgia Medical Facility Patient Census by following this link