By Tia Lynn Ivey
Confirmed coronavirus cases continue to rise across the state of Georgia, with 34 confirmed cases in Morgan County, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH). Statewide, confirmed cases soar over 38,721 and deaths top 1,664 as of press time on Tuesday, May 19.
As of press time, Morgan County’s 34 confirmed cases include four hospitalizations and zero deaths.
As of press time, Georgia has conducted a total of 378,156 tests statewide. According to GDPH, out of Georgia’s 38,721 confirmed cases, 7,027 people have been hospitalized, 1,589 people have been admitted to the ICU, and 1,664 people have died.
Some counties surrounding Morgan County are also experiencing a rise in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.
According to GDPH, Greene County has 60 confirmed cases, six deaths and 18 hospitalizations. Putnam County has 79 cases, seven deaths, and 13 hospitalizations. Jasper County has 26 confirmed cases, zero deaths and four hospitalizations. Oconee County has 81 confirmed cases, with three deaths and 14 hospitalizations. Walton County has 166 confirmed cases with nine deaths and 27 hospitalizations. Newton County has 265 confirmed cases, resulting in 10 deaths and 59 hospitalizations. Morgan County cases combined with surrounding counties total 711 confirmed cases, 35 deaths, and 143 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, at the beginning of May.
“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. “