The 14-day rate of new COVID-19 diagnoses for periods ending April 16 rose in Atlanta while declining in Sandy Springs, according to an April 23 report from the Fulton County Board of Health.

The 14-day rate declined in all but one of the main local ZIP codes, with the remaining ZIP code rate remaining unchanged.

A chart of COVID-19 diagnoses by city in Fulton County as shown in an April 23 Board of Health report.

The report’s format focuses on comparing new diagnoses in a recent 14-day period with the preceding 14 days. 

Atlanta remained the number one city in the county for new COVID-19 diagnoses in the previous 14 days, with 655, an 11.8% increase. Sandy Springs rose to third place with 93 new diagnoses, which was still a 29.5% decrease.

To view the full report, 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 number of patients whose cities or ZIP codes are unknown. Of those diagnosed in the most recent 14-day period, their ZIP code was unknown in fewer than 10 cases and their home city was unknown in 24 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 April 23 was 80,745. The countywide confirmed death total from the pandemic was 1,255. A total of 113 fatalities were being reviewed by the Georgia Department of Public Health to confirm the cause of death.

The number of new diagnosed cases and the 14-day trend in the main ZIP codes in Buckhead and Sandy Springs in the April 23 report was as follows. 

Buckhead ZIP codes

30305: 36, down 25%

30326: fewer than 10, no change

Sandy Springs ZIP codes

30328: 41, down 19.6%

30350: 33, down 17.5%

Buckhead and Sandy Springs combined ZIP codes

30327: 13, down 45.8%

30342: 31, down 50.8%

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