By Tia Lynn Ivey
The confirmed total of COVID-19 cases has climbed to eight in Morgan County, as of press time on Tuesday, Apr. 7.
Morgan County officials have confirmed six positive cases of COVID-19, the highly contagious and potentially lethal coronavirus, inside the county at Tuesday morning’s Morgan County Board of Commissioner’s meeting. By noon, the the Georgia Department of Health updated that number to eight. Morgan County has no known deaths to date due to the virus.
Surrounding counties are also seeing an increase in cases, with a total of 161 cases and five deaths in neighboring and nearby counties. As of Tuesday, April 7 at noon, Greene County reported 21 cases with one death, Newton County reported 65 cases with zero deaths, Walton County reported 24 cases with two deaths, Oconee County reported 32 cases with zero deaths, Putnam County reported five cases with zero deaths and Jasper County reported six cases with zero deaths.
Statewide a total of 8,818 confirmed cases of the coronavirus were reported by the GDPH, with a total of 1,774 hospitalizations and 329 deaths.
At Tuesday’s Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, County Manager Adam Mestres updated the commissioners on the most recent happenings of the pandemic in Morgan County.
“Any positive cases that we get here, that are handled by providers in Morgan County, they are calling us or the Health Department. We get that flow of information locally and push it out to update the community.”
According to Mestres, there had been a lag with the Georgia Department of Public Health numbers for Morgan County, only reporting two up until last Monday evening.
“Now the numbers match,” said Mestres. In the last 29 days, Morgan County has released 36 statements to the public regarding the coronavirus as each new piece of information unfolds.
Mestres praised Morgan County residents and businesses for complying with public health measures to reduce the spread of the virus.
“I want to commend our community doing our part as a community to help reduce the spread, said Mestres.
Mestres also urged the public to continue taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously, reminding that recent studies suggest more people than we realize have it, due to lack of testing availability and many people being able to carry the virus without showing symptoms and unknowingly spread the disease further.
“Right now, we are really only testing the sickest people, the ones showing the most signs and symptoms,” explained Mestres.
Mestres urged people to assume everyone you come in contact with has the virus.
“Up to one in four people could carry this virus,” said Mestres. “We should all consider anyone we come into contact with could be potentially positive, even ourselves…That’s why we should continue to practice good social distancing. That’s the key to this. We shouldn’t go out unless we need to. As long as we are practicing that good guidance of social distancing that is going to help us hopefully flatten the curve.”