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COVID-19 cases have inched upward

After two weeks of reporting no hospitalizations at Archbold facilities due to COVID-19, the area healthcare operator stated Tuesday they have three such patients in treatment at their hospital in Thomasville. Grady General Hospital in Cairo, however, remains without any COVID-positive patients as of Tuesday.
The number of new cases affecting Grady County residents in the last week rose by seven, compared to two new cases the week before. There were no new deaths of local citizens in the last week, according to public health information.
In counties surrounding Grady, the number of new cases was higher than the week earlier.
Thomas County reports 27 new cases in the last week compared to 18 the week before. Decatur County had nine new cases in the last week compared to six before, and Mitchell County had six new cases compared to one the week prior.
The only neighboring county with new deaths in the last week was Decatur County, according to Georgia Department of Public Health information, which reports two new deaths from COVID-19, bringing their total number of deaths to 58 from COVID-19 in the last year. Grady County has lost 50 residents, Thomas County, records a total of 116, and Mitchell County has 76 deaths from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Southwest Georgia Health District 8-2 has announced the relocation of a COVID-19 testing site operated by MAKO Medical on behalf of public health.
The new location is the Dougherty County Health Department on South Slappey in Albany. Testing is available in Albany on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Testing is no longer available at the Albany Exchange Club Fairgrounds site.
Testing is also available at the following locations: Colquitt County – Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gladys Espy School Complex, 1800 Park Ave. S.E., Moultrie; Thomas County – Mondays – 9 a.m. to noon, at the Health Department, 484 Smith Ave., Thomasville; and Decatur County – Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Health Department, 928 West Street, Bainbridge.
COVID-19 testing is free and available to everyone, regardless of county of residence.
Though it could make testing site visits quicker, registration isn’t required but can be completed online at

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