COVID-19 deaths surge anew in Georgia as hospitals stay full

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp looks on during a coronavirus briefing at the Capitol Friday, July 17, 2020, in Atlanta. Kemp sued the city of Atlanta over its face-mask requirement just after President Donald Trump arrived in the city without wearing a mask, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Friday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) — Surging numbers of COVID-19 deaths continued in Georgia as the number of confirmed cases in the state surpassed 150,000.

The state Department of Public Health reported 81 deaths Wednesday, the second-highest number reported so far in the pandemic.

In Georgia, 3,179 people were in the hospital with the respiratory illness on Wednesday, staying close to the record high set Monday.

Of the state’s critical care beds, 88% were full. Despite a lawsuit against Atlanta by Gov. Brian Kemp for exceeding his executive orders, local governments continue to order people to wear masks in public.

Bibb County and the Atlanta suburb of Clarkston passed such rules Tuesday.

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