By Tia Lynn Ivey
Morgan County’s confirmed coronavirus cases climbed to 22 this week. As of press time, on Tuesday, April 21, the Georgia Department of Public Health has reported 22 cases of COVID-19 in Morgan County with zero deaths, up seven cases in one week’s time.
COVID-19 is an upper-respiratory coronavirus that is highly contagious and potentially lethal.
According to GDPH, surrounding county cases are also on the rise with Greene County reporting 45 cases and one death, Putnam County with 26 cases and two deaths, Jasper County with 17 cases and zero deaths, Newton County with 139 cases and four deaths, Walton County with 64 cases and three deaths, and Oconee County with 53 cases and zero deaths. Morgan’s cases combined with the above surrounding counties totals 366 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths.
Statewide a total of 19,881 confirmed cases of the coronavirus were reported by the GDPH, with a total of 3,779 hospitalizations and 799 deaths.
Last week, ,GDPH 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