No Stephens County residents have been identified as confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Since Georgia’s first COVID-19-related death on March 12, COVID-19 fatalities remained unchanged until Tuesday, March 17, when two additional deaths were reported. An additional death reported yesterday brought the number to four.
Today, March 19, the noon update of the Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 statistics shows that the number of deaths more than doubled overnight, now standing at 10, putting the Georgia mortality rate for COVID-19 at 3.48 percent. The number of confirmed cases increased to 287, up from yesterday’s reported 197.
A total of 1,831 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Georgia, according to DPH statistics.
Fulton County continues to have the highest number of confirmed cases with 66, and 35 of the state’s 159 counties now report at least one confirmed cases – seven more than Wednesday’s count.
According to DPH information, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Stephens or adjoining counties. DPH statistics assign cases to counties based on the county of official residence of the patient, not where the patient is currently hospitalized or currently located, DPH District 2 spokesman Dave Palmer said in an email response to several questions posed by ConnectLocal.
If a Fulton County resident were to be located in Stephens County, for example, and tests positive for COVID-19 and remains in Stephens County, either hospitalized or quarantined, the case would be recorded as a Fulton County case.
Local numbers provided by Stephens County Hospital, however, include all cases that are tested for through the hospital, regardless of residency, providing a complete count of tests conducted, and the results of those tests, of people physically located in Stephens County.
Currently, from all information ConnectLocal could discover, Stephens County Hospital is the only testing facility in Stephens County; however, there is one other facility in the process of becoming a testing site. ConnectLocal will continue to monitor testing facilities and provide complete and accurate numbers regarding testing and results of individuals located in the county.
Confirmed COVID-19 Cases per DPH as of noon, Thursday, March 19