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COVID numbers are declining here and in region

The number of new COVID-19 cases affecting Grady County residents continues to decline with only 19 reported this week by state public health officials.
However, one new death of a Grady County resident was announced this week, bringing the total number of local residents killed by the disease caused by the novel coronavirus to 41 in the last 11 months.
Like Grady, surrounding counties saw a decline in the number of new cases involving their residents. Thomas had 54 new cases last week compared to 130 the week prior; Mitchell had 25 last week compared to 68 the week prior; and Decatur had 18 new cases in the last seven days compared to 86 the week before.
Grady County Schools had a leveling off this week with numbers nearly the same as last week in all categories with the exception of positive employees as of Tuesday. That number dropped to only two positive employees this week, compared to five last week. Cairo High School and Shiver School each had one positive employee out this week.
There were 10 employees on quarantine Tuesday, three at C.H.S., two at Eastside Elementary School, two at Southside Elementary School, and one each at Northside Elementary, Shiver and Washington Middle schools.
There were four positive students Tuesday, the same number as last week. There was one positive student each at Cairo High, Eastside, Southside and Whigham schools.
There were 89 students on quarantine, two more than the same time last week. As of Tuesday, students on quarantine included 27 at Cairo High, 23 at Shiver, 17 at Southside, eight at Eastside, eight at Washington Middle, three at Northside and three at Whigham schools.
Grady General Hospital was treating three COVID-positive patients as of Tuesday while Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville had 12, according to Shealy Register, spokeswoman for Archbold Medical Center, which operates both healthcare facilities.
The Grady County Health Department is continuing to offer free testing for the virus on Fridays during the month of February, 9 a.m. until noon, at Barber Park, 250 Long Branch Church Road in Cairo.
Appointments for testing are encouraged and may be made online at or by calling the appointment hotline Monday through Friday, (229) 352-6567.

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