Tia Lynn Ivey
More than 50 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Morgan County in just one week’s time, with the State of Georgia nearing 200,000 confirmed cases. As of press time on Tuesday, Aug. 4, Morgan County has a total of 231 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highly contagious and potentially lethal upper-respiratory coronavirus.
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Morgan County was discovered on March 24. It took the next three months for Morgan County’s confirmed coronavirus cases to near 50. Last month, On June 29, Morgan County was up to 49 confirmed cases. Last week that number more than tripled to 175 confirmed cases, with 11 hospitalizations and zero deaths.
Morgan County is not alone, as counties all across Georgia are seeing confirmed cases spike. Part of the rise in confirmed cases is due to increased testing, but health experts warn that the rate of positives is also rising, which means the coronavirus is spreading at a greater rate.
As cases soar across the Peach State, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp unveiled a “Four Things for Four Weeks” initiative, urging all Georgians to do four things to combat the coronavirus pandemic for the next month: wear a mask in public, social distance, wash hands frequently, and follow the guidelines put forth in the Governor’s executive order.
“Today, I am encouraging all Georgians – from every corner of our great state – to do four things for four weeks to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Kemp last week. “If Georgians commit to wearing a mask, socially distancing, washing their hands regularly, and following the guidance in our Executive Order and from public health officials, we can make incredible progress in the fight against COVID-19. Together, we can protect our loved ones, revive our economy, and continue to take measured steps forward.”
“Georgians, we need your help,” said Dr. Kathleen Toomey, M.D, M.P.H., Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “By implementing these simple – but effective – practices, we can slow the spread of the coronavirus and continue on a path toward ultimately defeating COVID-19.”
Georgia continues to be in the top 10 states with the highest confirmed COVID-19 cases.
As of press time on Tuesday, Aug. 4 by 3 p.m., Georgia reported 2,573 new cases 81 deaths and 302 hospitalizations for the day so far. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia has reported 197,948 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. A total of 3,921Georgians have died due coronavirus-related causes. A total of 19,426 Georgians have been hospitalized with COVID-19. There have been 3,556 Georgian admitted to the ICU with COVID-19.
Georgia has conducted over 1.6 million tests, which has yielded an 11 percent positivity rate to date.
In Morgan County, zero deaths have been confirmed due to the coronavirus, but 12 Morgan County citizens have been hospitalized after contracting the virus.
According to GDPH, Greene County reported 262 confirmed cases, 11 deaths and 27 hospitalizations. Putnam County reported 384 cases, 17 deaths, and 42 hospitalizations. Jasper County reported 129 confirmed cases, one death and 11 hospitalizations. Oconee County has 401 confirmed cases, with 15 deaths and 42 hospitalizations. Walton County reported 982 confirmed cases with 35 deaths and 109 hospitalizations. Newton County reported 1,645 confirmed cases, resulting in 36 deaths and 192 hospitalizations.
Morgan County combined with surrounding counties’s cases total 4,034 confirmed coronavirus cases and 115 deaths.
Updated guidance and information on COVID-19 can be found on the Georgia Department of Public Health’s website: www.dph.georgia.gov.