Preschoolers COVID rate for Cobb and statewide exceeds all other age groups in latest report; all school-aged categories are increasing

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COVID cases are rising among all school-aged categories both in Cobb County and statewide, with preschoolers exceeding other age groups in both numbers and transmission rate.

In Cobb County there were 99 cases reported for the past 14 days in the 0-4-year-old age group, for a 14-day case rate of 211.

The transmission rate for preschool, public school, and college undergraduate age groups are all increasing.

The table below is a summary of the Georgia Department of Public Health‘s School-Aged COVID-19 Data Report for the two-week period ending January 15.

Cobb County

Age categoryAll cases to date14-day case count14-day case rate per 100,000 residents14-day rate categoryChange



Age categoryAll cases to date14-day case count14-day case rate per 100,000 residents14-day rate categoryChange

5-17404,27195852Moderately HighIncreasing

What does the data mean?

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.

“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

The Georgia Department of Public Health publishes a weekly status report on the pandemic every Wednesday. 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 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