By Tia Lynn Ivey
Confirmed coronavirus cases continue to rise across the state of Georgia, with 29 confirmed cases in Morgan County, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH). Statewide, confirmed cases soar over 29,642 and deaths top 1,272 as of press time on Tuesday, May 5.
As of press time, Morgan County’s 29 confirmed cases include three hospitalizations and zero deaths.
Georgia has conducted a total of 200,814 tests statewide. According to GDPH, out of Georgia’s 29,642 confirmed cases, 5,608 have been hospitalized, 1,308 have been admitted to the ICU, and 1,272 have died.
Counties surrounding Morgan County are also experiencing a rise in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.
According to GDPH, Greene County has 57 confirmed cases, five deaths and 17 hospitalizations. Putnam County has 47 cases, five deaths, and nine hospitalizations. Jasper County has 25 confirmed cases, zero deaths and four hospitalizations. Oconee County has 65 confirmed cases, with zero deaths and nine hospitalizations. Walton County has 136 confirmed cases with five deaths and 21 hospitalizations. Newton County has 215 confirmed cases, resulting in eight deaths and 36 hospitalizations. Morgan County cases combined with surrounding counties total 574 confirmed cases, 23 deaths, and 99 hospitalizations.
According to Georgia Governor Kemp, who made national news for the controversial decision to reopen Georgia’s economy in phases beginning at the end of April, Georgia has ramped up testing, going from 42nd in the nation for per capita testing to 36th in one week’s time.
“Through the leadership of public health departments, the National Guard, partnerships with Augusta University, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, and others, our testing numbers are quickly increasing – but more must be done,” said Kemp in a press briefing Tuesday. “As of this morning, Georgia ranks 13th among states and territories in the total number of tests, and for per capita testing, we are now 36th overall. In less than one week, Georgia moved up from 42nd in per capita testing to 36th. We still have work to do, and we will keep fighting to improve testing access and capacity.”