Seminole County and Southwest Georgia communities listed on New York Times Hot Spot list
Reported confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 continue to increase statewide, and locally those numbers have exploded. The Georgia Department of Health, in its Wednesday, Aug. 5, update, reported 25 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases in Seminole County in the last 48 hours. Locally there have been 63 positive cases reported for Seminole County with two additional virus-related deaths over the last seven days.
Seminole County was included this week on the New York Times Hot Spot List ranking nationally the counties with the highest number of recent cases in the past seven days on a per capita basis. Seminole County currently is at number 29 on that list.
Since March, Seminole County has now been recorded with 170 positive cases, four of which, sadly, have resulted in Coronavirus related deaths.
Note: This number is not a total of the number of active local cases, but rather, as stated above, a cumulative total of individuals testing positive in Seminole County since March.
As of Wednesday, August 5, there have been 197,948 cases of COVID-19 statewide – out of 1,911,979 people tested – and 3,921 deaths reported to state health officials. Since this time last week, 22,896 additional people have tested positive in Georgia for COVID-19; and, during that same time period, the state’s number of COVID-19 related deaths increased by 358.
Seminole County Public Health Department director Penny Horne confirms that ALL numbers reported daily on the District and State’s Public Health Department websites DO NOT include double counted positive cases. Each person is counted only once, even if they have had several positive tests.
Keep up the social distancing, Seminole County and follow the Governor’s four suggestions for the four weeks of August . . .Wear a mask in public, wash hands regularly and continue to sanitize everything, stay six feet apart smart, and follow the guidelines suggested in the Governor’s State of the Health Emergency declaration.