COVID-19 positive cases increase to 39

The number of Seminole Countians testing positive for COVID-19 continued to rise this week; but the number of  local citizens who have died from the disease, which is caused by the novel Coronavirus, remained at two. The county’s  number now stands at 39 positive cases as of Thursday, May 14.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place continues- through June 12 – for people ages 65 and older, seniors living in long-term care facilities and persons with certain chronic health issues.

Nearby Georgia counties, with the exception of Miller, continue to experience much higher numbers than Seminole County, especially Mitchell County, with 32 deaths and 358 positive cases and Early County with 27 deaths and 228 positive cases. Decatur County has 113 reported positive cases with three deaths and Miller County has had 34 positive cases reported with zero deaths according to the state’s Department of Public Health website.

Dougherty County continues to record the highest number of deaths from
COVID-19 of any county in Southwest Georgia. It has had 128 citizens die, compared to 149 in north Georgia’s Fulton, 124 in Cobb, and 101 in Gwinnett counties where the population is more than eight times greater than Dougherty County’s population of 89,905.

As of Wednesday, May 13 at 12  noon, there have been 35,245 cases of
COVID-19 statewide,  – up 5,000 for this time last week – and 1,493 deaths reported to state health officials. 

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