Deadly December: 100 people lost their lives in Northwest Georgia — a record 82 listed as COVID cases, another 18 as ‘probable’ deaths involving the virus.

Deadly December: 100 people lost their lives in Northwest Georgia — a record 82 listed as COVID cases, another 18 as ‘probable’ deaths involving the virus.

The state sees 91.3 deaths per 100,000 residents from COVID. All five NW Georgia counties are ahead of that: Chattooga, 177.7 deaths per 100,000 population; Bartow, 109.2; Floyd, 109.1; Gordon, 105.1; and Polk, 101.2. Note the averages for Gordon, Polk and Chattooga are adjusted by the state for their respective populations.

 

The tenth month of the COVID pandemic in Northwest Georgia was the deadliest as well.

A record 82 people died of coronavirus between Dec. 1 and 31, including 32 in Floyd County, 20 in Bartow, 6 in Gordon, 11 in Polk and 13 in Chattooga. For comparison, 77 people died in the first 3.5 months of the pandemic here — from the first fatality on March 15 in Floyd county through June 30.

Another 18 deaths were listed as “probable,” meaning COVID likely was a factor. Together, that’s 100 deaths in our five counties in 31 days.

The prior record was 54 in October. How it breaks down:

  • December: A record 82 deaths in Northwest Georgia Also: 18 probable deaths for the month. Overall change: 100 deaths.
  • November: 37. This also was the month when the state broke out “probable deaths” as a separate number. There were at least 11 probable deaths in our five-county area. The first report, on Nov. 3, began with 9 probable deaths in Northwest Georgia. We ended the month with 20 in all.
  • October: 54.
  • September: 53.
  • August: 51.
  • July: 24.
  • March 15-June 30: 77.

The number of positive test results in December also set records. Over 31 days, 4,836 people tested positive, mostly in Bartow and Floyd counties. That compares to these regional totals:

  • December: 4,836 cases.
  • November: 2,796 cases.
  • October: 2,609 cases.
  • September: 2,200 cases.
  • August: 3,608 cases.
  • July: 2,586 cases.
  • March-July 2: 1,962 cases.

The number of COVID patients in Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center also soared in December.

  • There were 96 patients diagnosed with COVID at both hospitals on Nov. 30.
  • By mid-December, it climbed to 118
  • On Dec. 30, it peaked at 154 patients.
  • On Jan. 2, the total had dropped to 146 patients.

Those numbers do not include patients awaiting test results.

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