Virus death toll continues to rise here and across the nation

Information from state resources indicates that those Grady County residents diagnosed most with COVID-19 are in the age group of 35 to 54, trailed next by the 55 to 85-plus age group. Those between the ages of 15 and 34 follow close behind that.
According to the Georgia Geospatial Information Office COVID-19 Dashboard, there have been 16 Grady County residents between the ages of 0 and 4 to contract the disease; 50 in the age range of 5 to 14; 110 cases of people between the ages of 15 and 24; 104 Grady countians ages 25-34; 119, ages 35-44; 118, ages 45-54; 99, ages 55 to 64; 68, ages 65 to 74; 49, ages 75 to 84; 15, ages 85 and over; and nine of unknown age.
There are 75 more cases involving females than males in Grady County, with 402 diagnosed with COVID-19, compared to 327 males. There are 28 cases where the sex is unknown by data collectors.
The information indicates that by race and ethnicity, 205 Caucasian people in Grady County have tested positive along with 207 Hispanic/Latino people and 233 black people. There are 112 listed as unknown race and ethnicity.
In the last week, two more Grady County residents have been listed as dying from COVID-19, bringing our total to 21 deaths from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The latest information from the Georgia Department of Public Health indicates that an 80-year-old African American male with comorbidity and a 90+ white female with no comorbidity died from COVID-19.
We also saw an increase of 28 new cases in the last seven days, for a total of 757 in the county since the pandemic began.
Information from the Georgia D.P.H. indicates that Grady County is the only county in the Southwest Health District that has high transmission indicators for the weeks Sept. 5-18.
According to the COVID-19 Health Equity Interactive Dashboard by Emory University, “As of 9/21/2020, the daily average of new COVID-19 cases in Grady County numbered 18 case(s) per 100,000 residents. In comparison, the daily average in Georgia was 15 case(s) per 100,000 and in the United States was 13 case(s) per 100,000.
“As of 9/21/2020, the daily average of new COVID-19 deaths in Grady County numbered 1.2 death(s) per 100,000 residents. In comparison, the daily average in Georgia was 0.3 death(s) per 100,000 and in the United States was 0.2 death(s) per 100,000.”
As of Tuesday, Grady General Hospital was treating just one positive patient, while Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville had 15 patients and Mitchell County Hospital in Camilla had one patient, according to information from Ashley Griffin, spokeswoman for Archbold Medical Centers.
Counties surrounding Grady County continue to see an increase in cases, although not by as much as in previous weeks.
Decatur, Thomas and Mitchell counties had increases of 53, 37 and 22 new COVID-19 cases respectively in the last week, according to information from the Georgia D.P.H.
Statewide, there were 11,388 new cases in the last week for a total of 308,221.
Decatur, Thomas and Mitchell counties had five, one and zero new deaths respectively in the last week. Statewide, that number was 279 for a total of 6,677 Georgians dying from COVID-19.
In Florida, Leon County saw 831 new cases and 11 more deaths while Gadsden County had 113 new cases and one new death in the last week, according to information from the Florida Department of Health.

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