UPDATE: AS OF MONDAY AFTERNOON, CANDLER COUNTY NOW HAS 66 REPORTED CASES OF COVID-19. FIVE OF THOSE CASES HAVE REQUIRED HOSPITALIZATION.
REPORTED JULY 1
As of Tuesday, June 30, Georgia has over 79,000 COVID-19 cases, 2,784 deaths, 10,824 hospitalizations and 2,289 ICU admissions. Over 980,000 Georgians have been tested, with an 8.3 testing positive (81,573).
REPORTED JUNE 24
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), Georgia’s total COVID-19 case count has increased by almost 4,000 in four days, from 62,009 on Friday to 65,928 on Monday, with 1,227 new confirmed cases on Monday.
The current 7-day rolling average of 1,074 new cases by day grew 49 percent from 14 days ago, according to DPH. On Tuesday at noon, however, no new cases were reported.
Candler County has also experienced an increase, reporting 21 cases as of Saturday and four hospitalizations. DPH does not disclose where patients are hospitalized. Those numbers are unchanged since Saturday, as of press time Tuesday. However, they are reflective of an increase that is being experienced across the state. On June 10, 17 cases were reported locally.
Candler County Hospital tests 53
During the month of June, Candler County Hospital has conducted 53 tests, with 12 being positive. “These are residents from various counties,” said hospital spokesman Marty Ray. “We have no known cases at Candler County Hospital.”
Cases reports at long-term care facilities
According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, all patients at Azalea Health, Pleasant View and Orchard Health have been tested as well as staff members.
At Azalea, which is home to 69 residents, one tested positive for COVID-19 and one staff member.
Among the 114 Pleasant View residents that were tested, there were no positive results, although three staff members tested positive.
At Orchard Health, 76 residents were tested, with two testing positive and now reported as recovered. One staff member has also tested positive.
East GA Healthcare Center update
East Georgia Healthcare Center, which has 11 clinics in the area, including one in Metter, reports that during their testing, they have collected 2,336 specimens, with 1,679 negative results and 444 results pending.
Seven Candler County patients have tested positive through EGHC’s testing process.
Free testing on Wednesday
East Georgia Healthcare Center will offer free testing on Wednesday (today) from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Boys & Girls Club, 421 W. Vertia St. No appointment is necessary.
Pre-registration packets are available for pickup at East Georgia Healthcare Center of Metter, located on North West Broad St.
Testing is available to all Georgians who request it, whether they have symptoms or not. Individuals wanting to be tested can contact any Georgia public health department to schedule an appointment at a SPOC location convenient to them.
Direct Patient lines are open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. – noon on Saturdays.
The primary number for the Southeast Health District, which serves Candler County, is 1-855-4(SEHDPH) (+1 855-473-4374).
‘Answer the Call’
The Georgia DPH is seeking the community’s help in contact tracing efforts for COVID-19, asking residents to ‘answer the call’ if DPH reaches out.
Since May, the Healthy Georgia collaborative has deployed about 1300 contact tracers and case investigators statewide to interview individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and then alert, quarantine and test contacts who may have been exposed. To date, 16,590 cases have been interviewed and 40,082 contacts identified.
“For contact tracing to be successful, education is critical,” said DPH Commissioner Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H. “We need residents to understand what contact tracing is, why it’s important and how they can participate in helping Georgia stop the spread of COVID-19.”
For more information about contact tracing, visit dph.georgia.gov or call 1-866-PUB-HLTH.