Tallies of positive cases locally and around the state continue to rise with the first update of figures from the Georgia Department of Health at midday. 

Polk County reported 15 positive cases among patients in the first of two reports for March 31, and some 3,817 people have been found as carriers of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. That is out 16,181 tests run through commercial or the Department of Public Health lab. 

Currently, there are 818 people hospitalized across the state with the disease. Sadly, 108 people have died so far from infections of COVID-19. 

Numbers continue to grow around the area as well. Bartow County positive tests sat at 129 as of the noon update, with two deaths. Floyd County had 33 cases and two deaths, and Gordon County reported 16 people with COVID-19 and a death. 

Paulding County reported 28 COVID-19 cases, and Haralson County added another with four confirmed test results back. 

Across the country, some 141,904 cases have been reported with 2,405 deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus. 

Make sure to follow these guidelines to stay safe: 

  • 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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