By Tia Lynn Ivey
The second COVID-19 death has been reported in Morgan County by the Georgia Department of Public Health this week as COVID-related deaths soar past 5,000. Confirmed coronavirus cases continue to rise in the county and all across the state of Georgia.
While coronavirus cases have been on the rise in Morgan County, the reported death toll remained at zero until last week. COVID-19 is the highly contagious and potentially lethal upper-respiratory coronavirus currently sweeping across the state, country and most of the world.
As of press time on Tuesday, Aug. 25, Morgan County has reported a total of 394 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic first hit back in March. Two Morgan County citizens have died due to the coronavirus and 27 have been hospitalized. Georgia has reported a total of 258,354 confirmed coronavirus cases, 5,262 deaths, 23,717 hospitalizations and 4,322 ICU admissions.
The coronavirus pandemic is worsening in the State of Georgia, according to several key studies and trackers.
As of last week, the Harvard Global Health Institute COVID-19 risk tool ranked Georgia as the top state in the nation for disease transmission rates, with an average daily case rate of 29.9 per 100,000 people compared to the national average of 16. Georgia Tech also reported the State of Georgia has having the highest rate of transmission for the coronavirus in the country. According to the Health Capacity Dashboard from the Department of Health and Human Service, Georgia is leading the nation highest number of hospital beds occupied with COVID-19 patients. Up to a quarter of occupied ICU beds are taken by coronavirus patients.
As of press time, The State of Georgia reported 2,873 new coronavirus cases for the day as of 3 p.m., along with 69 new deaths and 296 new hospitalizations.
Regionally, surrounding counties are also experiencing an uptick in new coronavirus cases.
According to GDPH, Greene County reported 409 confirmed cases, 15 deaths and 46 hospitalizations. Putnam County reported 597 cases, 20 deaths, and 61 hospitalizations. Jasper County reported 191 confirmed cases, three deaths and 16 hospitalizations. Oconee County has 525 confirmed cases, with 20 deaths and 50 hospitalizations. Walton County reported 1,403 confirmed cases with 44 deaths and 147 hospitalizations. Newton County reported 2,189 confirmed cases, resulting in 58 deaths and 224 hospitalizations.
Combined with Morgan County’s cases, this brings the total regional number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 5,708 and 162 deaths.