COVID in Cobb County, April 13 2022: backlog of unreported cases have worked their way through the 14-day rolling average

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The numbers reported yesterday afternoon for COVID in Cobb County on April 13 seem to show that the backlog of unreported cases from the peak of the Omicron surge have worked their way through the 14-day averages, so that the data moving forward will give a clearer picture of the current state of COVID in Cobb.

We have a request in to the Georgia Department of Public Health to verify this, but at the time of this report have not heard back from them.

The data in this report were taken from the Georgia Department of Public Health COVID Daily Status Report, from the summary posted on the CDC County View data tracker, and from the Georgia Hospital Bed and Ventilator use report.

Cobb County numbers

The Georgia Department of Public Health displays its COVID statistics based on 14-day blocks.

New cases in Cobb over the past 14 days: 827

14-day case rate per 100,000 of population: 105

Number of Cases in Cobb since the pandemic began: 138,248

Cases per 100,000 of population since the pandemic began: 17,487

Cobb numbers and rate from the CDC County View

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gets its numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Health, but presents them in 7-day blocks rather than the 14-day blocks presented by the GDPH.

7-day Metrics

Total cases285
Case rate (past 7 days)37.49
% Change (past 7 days)-90.69
Total deathsFewer than 10
Death rate (past 7 days)Not reported because fewer than 10
% Change (past 7 days)-46.67

7-day percentage change

Statewide numbers

Confirmed CasesAntigen Positive CasesConfirmed DeathsHospitalizations

Reported Today

Hospital bed and ventilator report

Region N which includes Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties, has:

1,198general inpatientbeds in use out of 1,416 total beds, or 84.60%

164 ICU beds in use out of a total of 185 total ICU beds, or 88.65%.

166 ED beds in use out of 296 total beds, or 56.08%

76 ventilators in use out of 194 total ventilators, or 39.18%

3.0% of patients in Region N are classified as COVID-19 patients

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