As of 3 p.m. on Monday, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported that Candler County has had 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19. That is an increase of 27 cases since July 6, when 66 cases were reported.

Five cases have required hospitalization, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health website. DPH does not disclose where patients are hospitalized. That number has not changed in the past week.

Candler County Hospital Public Relations Director Marty Ray says the increased cases have not created an undue challenge for the hospital.

“While we have seen a significant increase in testing, hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are manageable,” Ray said. “When appropriate, patients are being transferred to larger hospital facilities. Every patient is handled on an individual basis based upon their specific medical needs.

“Candler County Hospital strongly encourages everyone to follow CDC Guidelines for hand washing, wearing masks when appropriate and maintaining social distancing procedures.”

Anyone who feels they have been exposed or who is experiencing medical conditions related to COVID-19 is asked to call Candler County Hospital, 912-685-5741 or Candler Medical Group, 912-685-5715, for assistance.

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