Athens approaches 500 coronavirus cases

Death toll holds steady

The Georgia Department of Public Health says Athens is approaching 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus: the official count as of Sunday is 485, with still 15 deaths in Athens attributed to COVID 19. Oconee County has had 146 cases and ten deaths; Jackson County has seen ten deaths and 354 cases; Madison County has recorded 89 cases and four deaths, and there have been 88 confirmed cases and seven deaths from coronavirus in Oglethorpe County.

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Georgia reported more than 11,000 new cases of the coronavirus from June 21 to Saturday, a new one-week record of confirmed cases that shattered the state’s previous high set only the week before. The 11,176 new confirmed cases reported last week was up 60% compared to the week of June 14, according to an analysis of data from the state Department of Public Health. Georgia has set a new single-day record for coronavirus cases in each of the past three days, and topped 2,000 in a day for the first time with Sunday’s report of 2,225 confirmed cases.

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens.

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