By Tia Lynn Ivey & Dianne Yost
The confirmed total of COVID-19 cases in Morgan County has doubled in just one week, as of press time on Tuesday, Apr. 14. COVID-19 is an upper-respiratory coronavirus that is highly contagious and potentially lethal.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) lists Morgan County with 15 cases and zero deaths to date. According to GDPH, surrounding county cases are also on the rise with Greene County reporting 30 cases and one death, Putnam County with nine cases and zero deaths, Jasper County with nine cases and zero deaths, Newton County with 95 cases and three deaths, Walton County with 48 cases and two deaths, and Oconee County with 41 cases and zero deaths. Morgan’s cases combined with the above surrounding counties totals 247 confirmed COVID-19 cases and six deaths.
Statewide a total of 14,223 confirmed cases of the coronavirus were reported by the GDPH, with a total of 2,769 hospitalizations and 501 deaths.
GDPH also confirmed four senior care facilities located in Morgan, Greene and Putnam Counties have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19. On April 8, the GDPH released a list of 80 senior care facilities in Georgia that have confirmed cases of the virus. In Morgan County, Madison Health and Rehab (2036 South Main Street) in Madison with one case; in Greene County, Savannah Court of Lake Oconee (1061 Willow Run Road) in Greensboro with seven cases and Jabez – Union Point (1210 Orear Road) in Union Point with one case; and in Putnam County, Eatonton Health & Rehab (125 Sparta Highway) in Eatonton, Ga. with two cases.
In nearby Athens, Pruitt Health Grandview (165 Winston Drive) in Clarke County is reporting eight cases.
The GDPH said in a statement on its website that the list would be updated once a week.
According to the GDPH: “the data in this report is contingent on what information has been provided to, and verified by, the Department of Public Health. It is possible that a facility is reporting different numbers to different entities, but unless it has been verified by the Department of Public Health, it will not be included in this weekly report. This report is subject to change.”
To access the list of senior care facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit: https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2020-04-10/long-term-care-facility-covid-19-report