The number of local residents testing positive for COVID-19 is continuing to rise with the number up to 10 by Tuesday afternoon, according to Grady County Health Department officials.
Michelle Thornton, director of the Grady County Health Department, urges citizens to follow the governor’s order to shelter-in-place, and says trips for groceries or medicines should be brief.
“We don’t need to go to socialize,” says Thornton. She says she was pleased to talk with the manager of one local store who inquired about the number of customers she should allow based on the square footage of the business.
Grady General Hospital was treating four inpatients who tested positive for COVID-19, with three other inpatients awaiting test results, according to Archbold’s Tuesday update. Archbold operates Grady General.
At Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, there were 32 positive inpatients, and six inpatients awaiting test results as of Tuesday.
The numbers of cases and deaths from COVID-19 have steadily increased in the state and around the country in recent days, according to the Department of Public Health, which states numbers will continue to increase with more testing.
As of Tuesday at 7 p.m., the D.P.H. reported 9,156 positive cases in the state and 348 deaths from COVID-19.
Nearby Dougherty County has the highest number of deaths of any county in the state at 56, followed by Fulton County at 39; Cobb with 29; Lee County, 15; Gwinnett, 13; Bartow, 12; then Mitchell and DeKalb, each with 11 deaths.
“Without question, these numbers also tell us that COVID-19 is widespread throughout Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is calling on all Georgians to do their part to stop further spread of this deadly virus,” states information from D.P.H.
The health officials state stay home, practice social distancing outside the house, wash hands, and wear a mask outside home.
“We know that increased testing means the number of positive cases will increase. But along with that, we are also seeing further spread of COVID-19 throughout Georgia,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., D.P.H. commissioner. “We can stop the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia, but every Georgian must take personal responsibility now and follow the prevention guidance to keep this deadly virus from taking any more precious lives.”