UPDATE: As of Wednesday afternoon, Candler County now has 143 reported cases of COVID-19 and its first reported death. Eight of the cases have required hospitalization. We will have more details as they become available. (Note: This is a total case count and includes all cases since the first positive test in April.)

 As of 3 p.m. Monday, Candler’s COVID-19 count was 139, with seven hospitalizations, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

 While the numbers are steadily increasing, Marty Ray, public relations director for Candler County Hospital, said the local hospital remains able to meet the needs of the community.

 “We have been a very busy hospital with testing and inpatient services,” Ray said. “We are operating with a stable census.  We continue to screen and test patients that present to the Rural Health Clinic or the ER with COVID-19 symptoms.”

 As the number of cases continues to grow, Ray reminds the public that basic strategies can help reduce a person’s chance of catching the virus.

 “The hospital strongly encourages clean hands, observing social distancing and wearing masks when one may not be able to adequately social distance,” he said. 

 Candler Medical Group and Candler Gastroenterology remain fully operation with COVID-19 precautions in place.

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