The number of cases continues to go up across the state and locally as patient tests come back positive out of thousands so screened in Georgia. 

As of noon on March 26, the number of cases went up one more to 10 in total for the county, adding 2 more in the past 24 hours. Over the past days, numbers have gone from one confirmed patient with COVID-19 locally, to 4 over the weekend and up to 8 as of Tuesday. 

The case figures are expected to grow with the total number of tests being administered for the novel coronavirus. Statewide, the figures were up to 1,525 people found with the virus out of the 9,466 cases that have been processed so far between public and private labs. Sadly, the death toll attributed to the virus in the state increased to 48 since the evening report on Wednesday. 

Some 473 patients are currently hospitalized due to the virus. 

Officials continue to seek help from the public by following these guidelines for staying safe and healthy:

  • Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.  Do not go to work.  Contact your medical provider.
  • If your children are sick, keep them at home.  Do not send them to school.  Contact your medical provider.*
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.  Do not go to work.  Do not go to school.  Contact your medical provider.
  • If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.**
  • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
  • Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus:
    • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
    • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.  You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
    • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.***
    • Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
    • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
    • Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
    • Practice good hygiene:
      • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
      • Avoid touching your face.
      • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
      • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

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