COVID-19 numbers continue to rise locally

The daily COVID-19 case count increase is posted on the Donalsonville News Facebook page

As of press time on Wednesday, September 16, forty-six confirmed positive cases of
COVID-19 have been reported in Seminole County so far in the month of September.

Since March, Seminole County has now been recorded with 313 positive cases, eight of which, sadly, have resulted in Coronavirus related deaths. The 313 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, September 16, since March there have been 296,833 cases of COVID-19 statewide – out of 2,933,724 people tested – and 6,398 deaths reported to state health officials. Since this time last week, 113,435 additional Georgia residents have been tested, with 11,833 of them testing positive for COVID-19. During that same time period, the state’s number of COVID-19 related deaths increased by 328.

As of Friday, September 11, the Seminole County School System reported – since the first day of school on August 24 – sixteen students, fourteen at the middle high school, and two at the elementary school, have tested positive for COVID-19. With each case the school system followed all the guidance and directives of local and state health departments in each situation, and immediately contacted any persons who had come into contact with a person testing positive for the virus. 145 students, 131 at the middle high school, and 14 at the elementary school, who were identified as having direct contact with a virus infected student were sent home to be quarantined for 14 days. 34 students, previously on quarantine have been cleared and have returned to school.  

Seminole County Public Health Department director Penny Horne reminds readers 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.

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