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COVID-19 numbers increase

Reported confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 continue to increase statewide AND locally. The Georgia Department of Health, in its Firday, Aug. 28, p.m. update, reported eighteen additional COVID-19 cases locally in the past four days.
Seminole County remains listed on the New York Times Hot Spot list ranking counties nation wide with the largest increase on a per capita basis in the past seven days.
Since March, Seminole County has now been recorded with 282 positive cases, EIGHT 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.

Though conditions in some areas of the state have improved modestly in recent weeks, the White House Coronavirus Task Force said Georgia remains in the red zone for severity of the outbreak as measured by rate of case growth and test positivity. Seminole County continues to be listed on the New York Times Hot Spot list ranking counties nationwide with the largest increase on a per capita basis in the past seven days.

As of Wednesday, August 26, there have been 258,354 cases of COVID-19 statewide – out of 2,349,608 people tested – and 5,262 deaths reported to state health officials. Since this time last week, 176,911 additional Georgia residents have been tested, with 16,677 of them testing positive for COVID-19. During that same time period, the state’s number of COVID-19 related deaths increased by 468. 

Citing information posted on Emory University’s COVI(-19 Health Equity Interactive Dashboard, as of August 24, the daily average of new COVID-19 cases in Seminole County numbered 38 case(s) per 100,000 residents. In comparison, the daily average in Georgia was 24 case(s) per 100,000 and in the United States was 13 case(s) per 100,000. 

The daily average of new COVID-19 deaths in Seminole County numbered 5.2 death(s) per 100,000 residents. In comparison, the daily average in Georgia was 0.6 death(s) per 100,000 and in the United States was 0.3 death(s) per 100,000.

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. The number of active, or recovered cases is not reported by the Georgia State Department of Health, and all numbers are reported under person’s county of residence.

Keep up the social distancing, 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 Health  Emergency declaration.

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