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Has Seminole County turned the corner on COVID-19?


The daily COVID-19 case count increase is posted on the Donalsonville News Facebook page
The number of new positive cases of COVID-19 continues to decline in Seminole County, and for a forty-eight period from Sunday, September 27 through Tuesday, September 29, zero new cases were reported in Seminole County. 
In the last week, nine new cases here were diagnosed, and as of press time on Wednesday, September 30, seventy-three confirmed positive cases of  COVID-19, eighteen more cases and one additional death since this time last week, have been reported in Seminole County so far in the month of September.
Since March, Seminole County has now been recorded with 356 positive cases, nine of which, sadly, have resulted in Coronavirus related deaths. The 356 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.
The Georgia Geospatial Information Office COVID-19 Dashboard breaks down the 356 total positive cases in Seminole County into the following age groups: Age 0 to 4: 13; Age 5 to 14: 22; Age 15 to 24: 53; Age 25 to 34: 39; Age 35 to 44: 44; Age 45 to 54: 59; Age 55 to 64: 55; Age 65 to 74: 47; Age 75 to 84: 14; Age 85 Plus: 9; and Age Unknown: 1.
Interpretation of the data by the COVID-19 Health Equity Interactive Dashboard by Emory University is mostly positive for the first time in many weeks.
According to the online resource, “As of 9/28/2020, the daily average of new COVID-19 cases in Seminole County numbered 17 case(s) per 100,000 residents. In comparison, the daily average in Georgia was 12 case(s) per 100,000 and in the United States was 13 case(s) per 100,000.”
“As of 9/28/2020, the daily average of new COVID-19 deaths in Seminole County numbered 0 death(s) per 100,000 residents. In comparison, the daily average in Georgia was 0.5 death(s) per 100,000 and in the United States was 0.2 death(s) per 100,000.”
Last Friday, when the school system posted its official weekly COVID-19 report, the Seminole County School System reported nineteen students had tested positive for COVID-19 and forty-four students and one teacher were in quarantine. The forty-four number includes the students testing positive.
“We are doing everything we can to keep our students, faculty and staff safe and health,” says Mark Earnest, Seminole County School Superintendent. “We are strongly adhering to the C.D.C. and public health guidelines. Additionally, we are in constant communication with public health officials and the Seminole County Health Department.”
As of Wednesday, September 30, since March there have been 316,306 cases of COVID-19 statewide – out of 3,224,703 people tested – and 6,994 deaths reported to state health officials. Since this time last week, 131,668 additional Georgia residents have been tested, with 8,085 of them testing positive for COVID-19. During that same time period, the state’s number of COVID-19 related deaths increased by 317.
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.
Residents are asked to continue doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 :  wear a mask in public; wash hands regularly and continue to stay six feet a part smart.
 and follow the guidelines suggested  in the Governor’s State of the Health  Emergency declaration.






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