Another new high set for COVID-19 patients in Georgia hospitals

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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is hitting a new peak of people hospitalized with COVID-19 infections, reaching almost 2,800 people currently in health care institutions Wednesday.

Overall, the state reached nearly 128,000 confirmed infections from the respiratory disease, continuing a rapid increase in cases, with deaths nearing 3,100.

Gov. Brian Kemp faces a Wednesday deadline to extend some executive orders governing the state’s response to the pandemic.

The state has been seeking new hospital beds to handle the record-setting number of people admitted with the virus.

The 637-bed Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon reported on Wednesday that it is at capacity, but added that it is not because of COVID-19.

The Kemp administration on Tuesday signed a deal with Piedmont Healthcare to open 62 beds in a new tower at the system’s main Atlanta hospital.