UPDATE SEPT. 8: As of the 3 p.m. Sept. 7 update from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Candler County has had two new positive COVID diagnoses. This brings Candler's total to 380 cases, with 76 being diagnosed in the last two weeks. Candler County reports 16 deaths and 20 hospitalizations.

UPDATE SEPT. 4: As of the 3 p.m. Sept. 3 update from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Candler County has had nine new positive COVID diagnoses after a day in which no new cases were reported. This brings Candler's total to 365 cases, with 73 being diagnosed in the last two weeks. One additional death has been reported. According to Grice Connect, Candler County's 15th COVID death is a 64-year-old black male with no comorbidity. There have been 20 hospitalizations from the coronavirus. 

UPDATE SEPT. 3: Candler County's COVID Count had no increase in the 24 hours ended on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Georgia Department of Public Health shows Candler County has had 68 cases diagnosed in the last two weeks and a total of 356 cases.

UPDATE SEPT. 2: 

Candler County’s COVID count has moved to 353 cases as of Monday at 3 p.m. with three additional deaths reported in the last week. That brings the county’s total to 14 deaths and 18 hospitalizations.

Grice Connect reports that the three most recent deaths are a 62-year-old white male with no comorbidity; a 73-year-old male (race unknown) with comorbidity and a 77-year-old white female with comorbidity.

Grice Connect also reports that the county has a 14-day average of positive cases per 100,000 of 655 and its percent of positive tests is 16.4%.  (Targets are below 100 per 100,000 and positive tests at 5% or below).

Last week, Candler County Schools reported three new positive cases among the school population and 31 individuals who have been placed in precautionary quarantine as a result of new cases. 

From the school’s population of 2500 students and employees, 0.12% tested positive last week (Aug. 24-28) and 1.24 percent of the population were in quarantine.

In the first weeks of school, Longgrear reported 11 positive cases among students and personnel. The school reports its totals each Friday.

UPDATE SEPT. 1: According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Candler County had 5 new cases in 24 hours according to the 3 p.m. Aug. 31 posting. This brings Candler's two-week total of active cases to 71 and total case count to 353. 

UPDATE AUG. 31: According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Candler County had 16 new cases in 24 hours according to the 3 p.m. Aug. 30 posting. This brings Candler's two-week total of active cases to 68 and total case count to 348. According to Grice Connect, Candler County has had two additional deaths, bringing the death total to 14, with 18 hospitalizations. The two most recent deaths are 77 and 73-year-old white females with comorbidity. 

UPDATE AUG. 28: According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Candler County had two additional COVID case reported by 3 p.m. on Thursday, moving the total case count to 320. The death county now stands at 12 with 15 hospitalizations. According to Grice Connect, the most recent death is a 62-year-old white male with no comorbidity.

UPDATE AUG. 27: According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Candler County had one additional COVID case reported by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, moving the total case count to 318. There was no change in the number of hospitalizations or deaths.

UPDATE AUG. 26: While no new cases were reported by 3 p.m. on Monday, that was not the case on Tuesday, when the Georgia Department of Public Health reported 13 new COVID cases for Candler County. This moves the total in Candler County to 317 confirmed cases. The data indicates no additional deaths or hospitalizations on Tuesday.

UPDATE AUG. 25: In the Georgia Department of Public Health's 3 p.m. report on Monday, Candler County had no new cases reported for the prior 24-hour period. This leave's COVID's diagnosis count at 304 with no new cases reported from Sunday and two new cases reported from Saturday to Sunday. The county has 11 reported deaths and 14 hospitalizations.

UPDATE AUG. 24: Candler County has 304 COVID diagnoses. According to Grice Connect, Candler County's 14 day average of positive cases per 100,000 is 415 and percent of positive tests is 17.6%.  (Targets are below 100 per 100,000 and positive tests at 5% or below).

UPDATE AUG. 21: Candler County's death toll now stands at 11 after the deaths of two black males, ages 53 and 70, neither of which had reported comorbidity. According to griceconnect.com, which posted these numbers, Candler County has a 14-day average of 424 positive cases per 100,000 and positive tests of 21.8 percent. Targets are below 100 per 100,000 and positive tests at 5 percent of below.

According to the Department of Public Health, as of Thursday afternoon, Candler had 293 confirmed cases, with 15 total hospitalizations.

Reported Previously: 

We report. You decide. When it comes to COVID-19 numbers, that’s about all we can do. Different agencies pull numbers from different sources, and it seems that nobody has a full handle on just how much of an impact COVID-19 is having on our local community.

Georgia Department

of Public Health

For instance, the Georgia Department of Public Health’s update on Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. shows that Candler County has a total of 282 confirmed cases, an increase of two from the day before. Of those cases, 48 were confirmed in the last two weeks. 

This gives Candler County a total of 2,602 cases per 100,000 (a comparative population number used to compare larger cities with smaller towns) and 442.9 confirmed cases in the last two weeks per 100,000.

Candler County has a total death count of 9 with a death rate of 83.0 per 100,000, and 10 hospitalizations.

COVID ActNow

The website COVID Act Now (covidactnow.org) has both Georgia and Florida at a high risk level for active or imminent outbreak.

According to this website, as of Monday, Candler County has a 34.4 per 100,000 rate of daily new cases (an actual average rate of 3.73 per day based on Candler County’s population of 10,837). This is reported as a dangerous rate of new cases.

On the brighter side, the infection rate is 0.66, according to the site, indicating that active cases are decreasing.  

Covid Act Now is a multidisciplinary team of technologists, epidemiologists, health experts, and public policy leaders working to provide disease intelligence and data analysis on COVID in the U.S.

New York Times

The New York Times also has an interactive Coronavirus map (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/georgia-coronavirus-cases.html#county). According to their website, as of Tuesday morning, “At least 24 new coronavirus deaths and 1,676 new cases were reported in Georgia on Aug. 17. Over the past week, there have been an average of 2,795 cases per day, a decrease of 17 percent from the average two weeks earlier.”

The New York Times website shows Candler County with an average of 3.1 daily cases (29 per 100,000). The NYT website indicates that 22 cases were reported in the last seven days and confirms the Georgia Department of Public Health total of 282 cases in all.

Georgia Department of Community Health

The Georgia Department of Community Health provides daily reporting of nursing homes and long-term care facilities. 

The reporting agency includes Orchard Health in Pulaski along with Pleasant View, Azalea Health and Cedar Plantation in Metter.

Numbers indicate that Orchard Health has been hit the hardest, with 50 positive cases and eight deaths among its residents, with 20 residents reported as recovered. Additionally 14 staff members have tested positive.

Among the total of 202 residents in the other three facilities, all have been reported as tested, with only one testing positive. That individual has since recovered. Among the remaining facilities, 8 staff members have tested positive.

About the victims

Grice Connect (griceconnect.com) has compiled a list of Candler County COVID-19 deaths. 

According to Grice Connect, “Georgia is ranked 7th in the most deaths per 100,000 residents in the past seven days.  Candler County tops the list out of 159 counties in Georgia reporting 5 deaths over the past 7 days.”

Here is their breakdown of COVID-19 deaths in Candler County (reprinted with permission) based on age, gender, race and comorbidity (the presence of one or more additional conditions often co-occurring). The data is presented in the order of death:

•White female, 73, no comorbidity.

•Black female, 56, comorbidity.

•White male, 86, comorbidity.

•White female, 46, comorbidity.

•White male, 68, no comorbidity.

•Black female, 64, no comborbidity.

•White female, 75, no comorbidity.

•White male, 61, no comorbidity.

•Black female, 83, comorbidity not reported.

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