New cases of COVID-19 have risen again in Baldwin County and across Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) data.
So much so, the DPH dashboard website, which has tracked case counts since COVID first presented in Georgia did not update Monday due to the “amount of data overwhelming the system,” an announcement on the site read.
The problem was fixed as numbers were updated 3 p.m. Tuesday, and statistics pointed to some bad news. Georgia is in its fourth big case spike during what has now been nearly a two-year pandemic. Before the recent increase, the state’s largest single-day total for new cases came almost one year ago at 10,165 cases. Including Tuesday’s data update, that previous high has been surpassed each of the last seven days. The new high for cases added in a single day in Georgia now sits at 18,878, which occurred New Year’s Day 2022.
Baldwin County has likewise been heating up when it comes to new COVID cases. The rise started just before Christmas Day and got to the point where 113 cases were added locally on Monday. That’s a new single-day record for Baldwin County as well. The previous high had been 74 in late August 2020. Baldwin County added 73 new cases in late August of this year also.
The case count locally dipped down to 21 with Tuesday’s update. Hospitalizations in Baldwin County were at 400 on Tuesday.
The DPH on its dashboard has a “heat map” that shows just how active COVID has been in each county over the last two weeks. Counties are given a color based on the number of COVID cases per 100,000 people in that timeframe. The darker the shade of red, the higher the case count. Atlanta and the immediate surrounding area has been hot for a couple weeks, but that has now extended outward to more rural counties like Baldwin, Putnam, Hancock, and Greene, to name a few.