Just a mere month after it took some of its earliest and most extensive efforts to reopen the state and parts of its economy, Georgia has managed to successfully flatten the number of COVID-19 cases, albeit with a recent rise, slight as it may be.
State Of Georgia Manages To Flatten COVID-19 Curve Slowly And Steadily
The beginning of May was greeted with numerous states in the U.S. deciding to reopen some parts of the economy after a supposed slowdown with the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, that enthusiasm wasn’t well-met because the beginning of May resulted in possibly the worst day of the pandemic in the country so far.
Fortunately, some states have managed to recover after merely a month, with the state of Georgia being one of them. This is because, as per reports, the state has managed to flatten its cases of COVID-19 despite a recent slight rise.
“The bad news is we are not seeing a reduction in transmission, but I don’t see a spike in transmission,” Dr. Gerardo Chowell, professor of mathematical epidemiology at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health, said.
According to data provided by the Georgia Department of Health, the late-April until mid-May period saw the seven-day moving average of coronavirus cases steadily declining that is seen as a reflection of the earlier stay-at-home precautionary measures. From there, the moving average of cases managed to flatten at just over 500 new cases per day, with the overall total slightly rising since May 12.
Per reports, a lot of health experts worried that the reopening could lead to an increase in cases that could overwhelm the state especially when combined with Georgia’s limited testing capability. In fact, the same situation has already happened in Albany, Georgia, during the pandemic’s early days.
Thankfully, the fear has yet to realize itself, with preliminary data showing that the state’s reopening didn’t lead to a spike in cases. However, the same data shows that there are no signs of waning as well.
“I’m proud of what we accomplished over the last several weeks, but we cannot rest on our laurels. We need to further expand access to testing and we need to encourage Georgians to make it a priority,” Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said.