Georgia, First to Reopen, Reports Over 1,600 Students and Teaching Staff in Quarantine and Record COVID Deaths
August 18, 2020
Georgia, one of the first states to reopen, is now struggling to control the coronavirus as students return to school and the state's death toll hits record highs.
On Tuesday, Georgia's Department of Public Health reported 135 deaths, the state's highest daily death toll since the pandemic began in March. Prior to this week's record-breaking figure, the highest daily death toll was on May 21 when the virus claimed the lives of 90 Georgians.
With more than 21,000 people hospitalized, death rates aren't looking to drop off anytime soon. The state added another 109 deaths on Wednesday and 83 deaths on Thursday.