State and federal health departments are reporting increases in the number of new COVID-19 cases.

In Georgia, the Department of Public Health logged 23,064 new cases on Dec. 27. That compares to 725 new cases on Dec. 7. During that same 20 days, the positivity rate went from 9.9% to 10.1%.

The rising number of people testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 is reflected in reports at Augusta area ho...

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