Georgia logged 498 new cases of COVID-19 Monday — the results of an additional 31,653 tests, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status Report.
Twenty-one people died of the disease on Memorial Day, when the statewide totals reached 43,400 cases with 1,848 deaths.
The number of Floyd County residents testing positive for the new coronavirus rose by one to 228 — an increase of 41 over a seven-day period — but the death toll held at 14.
Local hospitals were treating three COVID-19 patients as of Monday evening, according to Tim Herrington, director of the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency. The patients are not necessarily local residents.
Bartow County continued to be a hotspot in Northwest Georgia, with nearly 40 diagnosed cases for every 10,000 residents.
And, while the population is smaller, the percentage of Gordon County residents who are infected — nearly 24 per 10,000 people — outpaces Floyd at 23 per 10,000. Gordon’s death rate was 2.58 per 10,000 compared to Floyd’s 1.4 per 10,000.
The Monday evening totals for some surrounding counties:
Gordon County reported 138 total positives and 15 deaths.
Bartow County reported 443 total positives and 36 deaths.
Polk County reported 97 total positives, an increase of two, and zero deaths.
Chattooga County reported 24 total cases and two deaths.
Walker County reported 96 positives, up by two, and zero deaths.
Whitfield County reported 283 total positives — an increase of 13 from Saturday — and seven deaths.
The number of completed COVID-19 tests topped 500,000 Monday, with results in for 513,545 Georgians. The DPH is encouraging everyone to get a free test — whether they have symptoms or not — to help track the spread of the coronavirus.
The Rome site is at West Rome Baptist Church, 914 Shorter Ave. They’re asking people to call ahead to schedule a test time but will not turn away walk ups.
To schedule an appointment, call 706-802-5329, 706-802-5885, 706-802-5886 or 706-802-5888.
Test times are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a test. Include your name and phone number.