The 14-day rate of new COVID-19 diagnoses for periods ending May 7 declined in Atlanta and Sandy Springs, according to a May 14 report from the Fulton County Board of Health.

The 14-day rate declined in all of the main local ZIP codes.

A chart of COVID-19 diagnoses by city in Fulton County as shown in a May 14 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 540, a 19% decrease. Sandy Springs remained in third place with 94 new diagnoses and had a 7.8% 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 11 cases and their home city was unknown in 39 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 May 14 was 82,611. The countywide confirmed death total from the pandemic was 1,288. A total of 112 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 May 14 report was as follows. 

Buckhead ZIP codes

30305: 26, down 10.3%

30326: fewer than 10, down 36.4%

Sandy Springs ZIP codes

30328: 32, down 13.5%

30350: 37, down 7.5%

Buckhead and Sandy Springs combined ZIP codes

30327: 13, down 7.1%

30342: 22, down 24.1%

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