COVID-19 cases climb, local death toll now five

Another Grady County resident has died of COVID-19, according to public health officials, and four more cases of the disease have been discovered here as testing continues to be offered at the local health department. This week, anyone can be tested for COVID-19 on Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon, or Saturday, 9 a.m. until noon.
There are also plans to take the testing out to a community location next week. Michelle Thornton, R.N./B.S.N., director of the Grady County Health Department says they will conduct testing at Washington Middle School on Thursday, May 28, 8 a.m. until noon.
Although appointments are suggested for all testing dates, they are not required.
“If you do not have an appointment, we will test you and add you to our list at that time,” says Thornton. “I realize not everyone has a phone, or minutes on their phone, and may not have transportation and we plan to work with anyone who wants to be tested.”
For those who prefer to make an appointment, call 229-352-6567, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Since the health department started offering free testing locally 10 days ago, on Mother’s Day, 215 people have taken advantage of the service.
As of Tuesday, there are 94 Grady County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, and a total of five people have died from the disease. Grady General Hospital, though, had zero inpatients who were positive Tuesday.
After a big jump in positive cases here last week, this week’s increase of four additional cases may seem slight. However, neighboring counties continue to see case increases in the double digits or more.
On our southern border, Gadsden County, Florida saw an increase in cases by 102 in the last week, jumping to 238 positive cases this week and experienced their first death, according to information from Florida Public Health.
Leon County, according to the state data, increased by 32 cases to 283 as of Tuesday, and had another death in the last week, bringing their total fatalities for COVID-19 to six.
In Georgia, Mitchell County continues to see more cases, 37 more in the last week, bringing their total to 394. A bright spot is that no one died from COVID-19 there in the last week, according to the state Department of Public Health.
Thomas County saw an increase of 25 cases and four more deaths in the last week, bringing their totals to 289 residents testing positive for the disease and 30 deaths.
In Decatur County, a total of 131 people have tested positive, up 18 from last week’s number, and a fourth person died from the disease.
Public health officials still advise Georgians to continue to wash hands, wear a mask in public, practice social distancing, cover coughs and sneezes and stay home when sick.

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