Georgia reports 31 confirmed, presumed positive COVID-19 cases in 12 counties

STAFF REPORT :::

There are now 31 confirmed and presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in 12 Georgia counties.

The Georgia Department of Public Health is awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on three new presumed positive cases including two Dekalb County residents and one Lowndes County resident.

All three are hospitalized and the sources of their infection are unknown.

There are six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia.

Those six include one resident each of Lee and Floyd counties who are hospitalized, and the sources of their infections are unknown. Another is a Cobb County resident who is also hospitalized and has a history of travel outside the United States. Three are Bartow County residents, two of whom are hospitalized. The sources of their infections are unknown, but the third individual does share a connection with the Floyd County resident.

The overall breakdown of confirmed cases includes three residents each in Fulton and Bartow counties, two each in Floyd and Cobb counties and one each in Polk and Lee counties.

There are presumed positive COVID-19 cases in eight Georgia counties.

Those with presumed positive cases have tested positively for COVID-19, but health officials are awaiting final confirmation from the CDC.

The breakdown of those cases includes six Cobb County residents, four Dekalb County residents, three Fulton County residents, two Gwinnett County residents and one each in Fayette, Cherokee, Charlton and Lowndes counties.

Elderly people and individuals with chronic medical conditions may have increased risk for COVID-19.

All Georgians are advised to follow basic prevention measures including:

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and you develop a fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room or urgent care center and tell them about your travel and symptoms.

For additional information about COVID-19, please visit dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.

Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health will also update COVID-19 case numbers on Twitter. Follow Kemp at @GovKemp and the DPH at @GaDPH.

 

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