Despite Critics of Early Reopening, Georgia Coronavirus Deaths Hit 3-Month Low
Two months after the state of Georgia began to reopen after its lockdown, it has reached a 3-month low in recorded coronavirus deaths, despite widespread criticism for lifting restrictions too quickly.
According to Just the News, Georgia’s COVID-19 dashboard shows a seven-day running average of approximately 15.3 deaths per day as of June 15th, the lowest since March 28th. The average number of daily deaths has been declining for two months after the 43-death peak on April 22nd. The state began reopening on April 24th, despite scathing criticism of Georgia’s leadership, predicting that the number of both cases and deaths from the coronavirus would skyrocket.
Although it should be noted that cases in Georgia have gone up since then by approximately 300 in a seven-day average, reported deaths have declined, as has the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, which has declined by about 75% since April 24th.
There are a few possible reasons that this is happening, as the piece notes—the virus itself may have mutated and become less deadly, the disease may be infecting younger people (who have a better chance of recovery), or Georgians may be doing well in keeping to social distancing guidelines. There is also the notion that more cases are appearing because, simply, more testing is being done, and many positive patients may have been asymptomatic and would have never known they had the virus had they not been tested.
The bottom line is that context is key. And as of now, it seems like Georgia is headed in a positive direction, and can be a good example for the rest of the country.