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Pandemic seems to be waning here as cases drop

As the year anniversary of the first reported cases in Grady County inches closer, the numbers related to COVID-19 here have improved dramatically, although one more local resident was reported as dying from the disease in the last week. A total of 44 Grady countians have died from COVID-19 in the pandemic to date, according to information from the state Public Health Department.
In the last week, only one new case was reported in Grady County for a total of 1,483 cases affecting Grady County residents since last March. That number is based on the PCR test results, but when combined with antigen tests, Grady County added eight new cases in the last seven days.
Grady County Schools saw a similar update with only four students on quarantine as of Tuesday, two at Cairo High School and two at Eastside Elementary School, according to Dr. Kermit Gilliard, superintendent of Grady County Schools. As of Tuesday, there were no teachers or students reporting positive for the disease and no teachers on quarantine.
That is down from last week’s report from Gilliard that showed 55 students and two teachers on quarantine, and three positive students.
At Grady General Hospital, there were no covid-positive patients as of Tuesday, and only four such patients at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, according to Shealy Register, spokeswoman for Archbold Medical Center, which operates the hospitals.
Compared to our neighboring counties, Grady has had the slowest spread this week. Mitchell County had six new cases and one additional death; Thomas County had 23 new cases and one new death; and Decatur County had 14 new cases but no new deaths in the last week. Those are based on the PCR test results only.
When antigen test results are added, Mitchell County added 12 cases, Thomas County added 34 and Decatur added 28, compared to Grady County’s 8 in the last week.
In Florida, Leon County continues to have new cases in the hundreds at 331 in the last week with 11 new deaths while Gadsden County had 44 new cases and one new death.

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