WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported at noon today (March 25) that White County has recorded its first confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19).
DPH updates its list of confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus at noon and 7 p.m. each day. Today’s noon update shows the number of confirmed cases in Georgia has risen to 1,247. The state’s death toll has now reached 40 and 394 people are currently hospitalized with the virus. Health department officials expect the number of cases will increase continue to increase as more people are tested..
The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline (844-442-2681). If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
Four weeks ago, Murphy and his teams began to review the county’s Pandemic Response Plan. As a result, the county has moved seamlessly into an annexation of the plan.
Murphy said he expects the executive order issued by Gov. Brian Kemp earlier this week will need to be extended or additional orders added beyond the April 6 deadline. He added the purpose of the order is to flatten the curve and stop the virus from overwhelming the health care system.
“This will last for weeks and we will probably see cases rise in our state and nation. This will probably get worse before we start seeing things turn around.”
But he also said he is encouraged by what is going on nationally. “We are seeing the full force of our federal government working to provide necessary equipment and supplies and researching for anti-viral drugs to stop this virus or, at least, mitigate the effects. All hands are on deck.”
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