9/21 – 9/25: Weekly COVID-19 Update

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Hannah Stai, News Editor

As of September 24, 2020, on the local scale, Georgia has 309,678 total cases, with an additional 1,457 cases from yesterday, September 23. In the last 7 days, there have been 10,622 new cases.

The top five Georgia counties with the most cases are as follows:

  1. Fulton County, with 27,305 cases
  2. Gwinnett County, with 27,051 cases
  3. Cobb County, with 19,354 cases
  4. DeKalb County, with 18,418 cases
  5. Hall County with 9,035 cases

On the national scale, the US has 6,916,292 total confirmed cases, with additional 41,310 cases from just today. In the last 7 days, there have been 302,715 new cases.

The top five US states with the most cases in the last 7 days are:

  1. Texas, with 44,827 cases
  2. California, with 24,507 cases
  3. Florida, with 19,136 cases
  4. Wisconsin, with 13,782 cases
  5. Illinois, with 13,066 cases

As of an overall update, a recent genetic study shows that COVID-19 may be mutation and evolving. The new study, which has not been peer-reviewed yet, revealed findings that point to a possibility that the virus has grown to become more transmissible. David Morens, a virologist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, claimed the virus could possibly be responding to mask-wearing and social distancing practices. 

(Data collected from CDC)