Oconee Co nursing home residents fill coronavirus beds in hospital in Athens

The more than two dozen coronavirus patients admitted to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center over the holiday weekend are all from two nursing homes in Oconee County. All 25 are over the age of the age of 70. Six are in ICU and one was reported to be on a ventilator.

The Georgia Department of Public Health says Athens has now had 249 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with the death toll holding steady for now more than a month at 13. Oconee County has recorded 108 cases and five deaths from COVID 19.

Jackson County says organized games won’t be allowed to resume on Jackson County Parks and Recreation fields until June 6. Jackson County parks, which had been closed because of coronavirus concerns, reopened to the public earlier this month.

There has been another government building reopening in Franklin County: City Hall in Lavonia, closed to the public for two and-a-half months because of coronavirus concerns, opened its doors Tuesday.

The Georgia Department of Public Health says the state is now just shy of 44,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the pandemic reached Georgia, with now just under 1,900 deaths.

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