The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 924 new COVID-19 diagnoses between July 1 and July 6 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The 14-day trend was up by at least 146% in both cities and rose in all of the main local ZIP codes.

As of July 6, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 4,159 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 3,331 on July 1. Sandy Springs had 824 diagnoses, up from 728. Atlanta remains the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at 47.2% of the total, and Sandy Springs dropped to third place with 9.3% of the total.

A chart of COVID-19 diagnoses by city in Fulton County as shown in a July 6 Board of Health report.

The 14-day trend in new COVID-19 in each city is charted in the report, calculated by comparing the 14 days preceding the previous seven days with the 14-day period before that. In Atlanta, the 14-day trend rose by 305.8% and in Sandy Springs the 14-day trend was up by 146.2%.

To view the full reports, see the county website here.

The report does not state whether the numbers reflect the coronavirus’s spread, the state of testing, or both.

The statistics, which are based on patients’ home addresses, are not completely accurate due to such factors as a large number of patients whose cities or ZIP codes are unknown. Of those diagnosed, their ZIP code was unknown in 389 cases and their home city was unknown in 856 cases. All numbers are preliminary and may be adjusted later, including through “data cleaning” — the reassignment of some cases to a different ZIP code or city after further analysis.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses in the county as of July 6 was 8,813, up from 7,211 on July 1. Of those, 315 are reported as having died. About 13.1% of patients were hospitalized and about 3.6% died. Countywide, residents and staff of long-term care facilities account for about 14% of diagnoses and 57% of deaths.

The number of total diagnosed cases in the main ZIP codes in Buckhead and Sandy Springs between the July 1 and July 6 reports were as follows. The 14-day trend was up in all of the ZIP codes.

Buckhead ZIP codes

30305: Total: 286 (up from 231)

30326: Total: 75 (up from 52)

Sandy Springs ZIP codes

30328: Total: 226 (up from 195)

30350: Total: 208 (up from 197)

Buckhead and Sandy Springs combined ZIP codes

30327: Total: 192 (up from 146)

30342: Total: 402 (up from 347)

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.