The COVID case count among school-aged residents of Cobb County showed a decrease over the past week, with the count among the 5-17 age segment dropping from 2,339 cases to 2,169 new cases between the January 7 report and today.
That represents a new case rate of 1642 per 100,000 of population, still far above the threshold for high community transmission.
The case rate and case count among college-aged students (18-22 years old) is now 3968 per 100,000 of population, an extremely high transmission rate, but it is showing a drop too, down from 4,135.
The 0-4 age group stands at 1,810 new cases per 100,000 of population over the past 14-day period.
These numbers were reported in the Georgia Department of Public Health School Age Surveillance Report, posted each Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.