Eight deaths attributed to COVID-19 overnight in Georgia
The death toll in Georgia as a result of CoVID-19 is 64 cases compared to the 56 cases that were reported last night, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The number of confirmed cases has now topped 2000, of which 566 are hospitalized. This is the latest update at noon on Friday, March 27, 2020. This update is now being given twice a day by the GDPH, at noon and at 7 p.m. each day.
Walton County still no cases on the list. Takeda at Stanton Springs near Social Circle confirmed that two of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19, and Hitachi had reported one case. However, it is believed that none of these confirmed cases are residents of Walton County. The County does have one firefighter who is quarantined at home due to a possible secondary exposure unrelated to his duties as a firefighter, according to Patrice Broughton, spokesperson for Walton County. However, Broughten said at this time they do not have a firefighter that has been tested.
A total of almost 10,000 tests have now been conducted in Georgia with 2001 testing positive for COVID-19.
At 11:30 a.m. the United States continues to lead the world in reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 86,548 with 1,889 recovered. However, the death rate is significantly lower than most of the next six countries. The US is reporting 1,321 deaths.
It is important that everybody heeds the guidance on how to slow the spread. However, the number of cases reported is directly reflective of the number of tests that are now being done. More than 5,000 tests have been conducted with almost 4,000 of them in commercial laboratories.