Georgia Public Health confirms one COVID-19 case in Stephens County

The noon report by the Georgia Department of Public Health includes one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Stephens County. The statewide total has climbed above 1000, and now stands at 1,026, with 32 fatalities. It is unknown if the identified confirmed case is related to the Toccoa resident who advised ConnectLocal over the weekend that he was being treated for COVID-19 in Gainesville.

After contacting health officials this morning after the release of the noon DPH report, there is no way, according to officials, to confirm whether the one case reported in Stephens County is an update of the department's records to include the case of a Toccoa resident under treatment for COVID-19 in a Gainesville hospital as reported by ConnectLocal on March 22 and followed up on Sunday and yesterday, or if that case is still listed as "unknown" on the report, and the confirmed case identified on the report is a separate, new case.


Per information from the DPH, the significant jump in confirmed cases today - an increase of more than 400 cases since yesterday, is due, in part, to increased efficiencies in reporting.


"Today’s significant increase in cases is in part reflective of improvement in electronic reporting efficiency from commercial laboratories. These reports often have sparse patient data and DPH will be working to complete these records, so data will change over time, officials stated.


According to the Stephens County Hospital Statistics as of this morning, March 24, the hospital has tested 13, with 0 positive results, 4 negative results, and 9 tests pending.


Confirmed COVID-19 cases, by county, as of noon today, as published by the Georgia Department of Public Health


Fulton 184

Dekalb 94

Dougherty 90

Cobb 86

Bartow 75

Gwinnett 45

Cherokee 28

Carroll 26

Clayton 21

Lee 20

Clarke 16

Hall 14

Henry 13

Fayette 12

Douglas 11

Floyd 11

Richmond 11

Coweta 10

Lowndes 10

Forsyth 8

Polk 8

Chatham 7

Gordon 7

Rockdale 7

Paulding 6

Troup 6

Glynn 5

Laurens 5

Newton 5

Oconee 5

Spalding 5

Bibb 4

Columbia 4

Pickens 4

Worth 4

Crisp 3

Houston 3

Lamar 3

Lumpkin 3

Mitchell 3

Monroe 3

Muscogee 3

Peach 3

Terrell 3

Baker 2

Baldwin 2

Bryan 2

Butts 2

Coffee 2

Early 2

Effingham 2

Sumter 2

Tift 2

Whitfield 2

Barrow 1

BenHill 1

Burke 1

Camden 1

Catoosa 1

Charlton 1

Chattooga 1

Clinch 1

Colquitt 1

Dawson 1

Greene 1

Harris 1

Heard 1

Irwin 1

Jasper 1

Liberty 1

Lincoln 1

Macon 1

Madison 1

Meriwether 1

Miller 1

Morgan 1

Pierce 1

Pulaski 1

Randolph 1

Stephens 1

Tattnall 1

Turner 1

Twiggs 1

Walton 1

Washington 1

Unknown 81

*Based on patient county of residence when known

Report generated on: 03/24/2020 11:18:44


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