FREE TESTING is available at the Grady County Health Department, appointments required. A steady stream of those seeking tests passed through the parking lot at the health department Tuesday. Testing is available on Tuesdays and Fridays this month from 8 a.m. until noon. There will be a Saturday testing session this week, August 9, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Information from public health officials indicates that Grady County should continue to be vigilant in the fight against COVID-19. The data shows our daily case average is high compared to state and national numbers.
As of Sunday, Aug. 9, “the daily average of new COVID-19 cases in Grady County numbered 42 case(s) per 100,000 residents. In comparison, the daily average in Georgia was 31 case(s) per 100,000 and in the United States was 16 case(s) per 100,000,” according to information from the COVID-19 Health Equity Dashboard by Emory University.
In the last seven days, there has been a total of 78 more Grady County residents to test positive for the disease, and one more local person has died, according to information from the Georgia Department of Public Health, making this the highest single week of new cases locally. Last week saw an additional 59 cases here, and the previous two weeks before that had 52 new positive cases each week.
Since the pandemic began, there has been a total of 503 Grady County residents to test positive, and six deaths from COVID-19. Sixty-six local residents have been hospitalized overall, four in the last seven days, according to state D.P.H. information.
Grady General Hospital was treating six COVID-positive patients as of Tuesday, according to Ashley Griffin, spokeswoman for Archbold Medical Centers. There were 36 such patients at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, and three at Mitchell County Hospital.
Anyone concerned about whether they have COVID-19 may get tested at no cost at the Grady County Health Department. Testing days during August are Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. until noon. There will be a day of Saturday testing this week, August 9, 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the health department, 1030 Fourth St. S.E., Cairo.
According to Southwest Health District director Dr. Charles Ruis, there was a 9.7 percent positivity rate of those tested at the Grady County Health Department’s S.P.O.C., or specimen point of collection, over six days between July 17 and July 31.
Surrounding counties continue to experience case increases with Thomas and Decatur counties having the highest jumps of nearby counties. Thomas County had 114 new cases in the last seven days for a total of 1,135, while Decatur County had 118 new cases in the last week for a total of 809 COVID-positive residents.
Those counties also had multiple deaths in the last week, six in Decatur and three in Thomas.
Statewide, Georgia had 24,640 more cases reaching a total of 222,588 as of Tuesday. There were also 430 deaths recorded in the state from COVID-19 in the last week, bringing that total to 4,351.
Adjacent Florida counties continue to see surges, with Leon County recording 597 more new cases since last Tuesday, for a total of 5,003. They had 11 more deaths in the last seven days for a total of 26.
Gadsden County had 328 new cases in the last week for a total of 1,920, but their death rate remained unchanged at 21.