Kemp, Toomey urge Georgians to get COVID-19 test after Labor Day weekend

Rapid testing available in Walton County

Today Governor Brian P. Kemp and Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), are asking all Georgians – especially those who may have participated in large gatherings over the Labor Day holiday weekend – to schedule a COVID-19 test at one of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s more than 180 testing locations.

“Last week, we traveled the state asking Georgians to follow public health guidance and do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 over the Labor Day Weekend,” Kemp said in a press release. “To prevent increased community spread following the holiday weekend, we are asking all Georgians who participated in gatherings, were not able to socially distance, or who may have been exposed to the virus to schedule a COVID-19 test. To stop the spread of COVID-19, Georgians must be part of the solution and not the problem, as we have said from the beginning. By scheduling a test and continuing to do Four Things for Fall, we can keep Georgia on the right track in the fight with COVID-19 and continue protecting lives and livelihoods.”

Beginning this week, Monroe Pediatrics at 517 Great Oaks and Our Family Health Center at 1016 E Spring Street in Monroe have partnered to offer rapid tests.

“We hope that this will help identify and isolate the cases in our county more quickly – by increasing our local testing – and therefore help to keep the numbers as low as possible in our county,” Dr. Hill with Monroe Pediatics posted on the Monroe Pediatrics Facebook page. “Dr Plaster and I both firmly believe that rapid testing is the way we go forward – with the closest thing to normal we can have during these times… and that rapid testing is critical to keeping schools open.”

To schedule a COVID-19 test, you can visit the Georgia Department of Public Health’s website or go to DoINeedACOVID19Test.com.

The following is a snapshot of the statistics reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Gwinnett County is reporting five more deaths and Walton County is reporting no more deaths in the past 24 hours. Georgia is reporting 76 more deaths and 1,930 more cases in the last 24 hours. 

Walton County

Cases – 1,636 – 13 reported in the past 24 hours – 197 in the past 2 weeks .
Cases per 100,000 – 1,707 cumulative (206 per 100,000 in past 2 weeks)
Total deaths – 49 – that’s no more death reported over the past 24 hours (deaths per 100,000 is 51.1)
Testing 9.5 % positive in the past 2 weeks, overall 10.5 % 

Gwinnett County

Cases – 25,495 – that’s 119 reported in the past 24 hours 
Cases per 100,000 – 2,625 cumulative (175 per 100,000 in past 2 weeks)
Total deaths – 366– That’s 5 more deaths reported in the last 24 hours (42 deaths per 100,000 reported)
Testing – 7.1 % positive in the past 2 weeks, overall 11.1%

Georgia

Confirmed cases – 289,127 – that is 1,930 more cases reported in the past 24 hours
ICU admissions –4,776 – that’s 40 more reported in the past 24 hours Hospitalizations – 26,062 That’s 217 more hospitalizations reported in the past 24 hours, 
Total deaths – 6,204 – That is 76 more deaths reported in the past 24 hours

A total of 2,542,594 viral tests have been performed and 286,202 antibody tests. That is 14,815 viral test results reported in the last 24 hours. Of the viral tests performed collectively, 263,704 (10.4 %) have come back positive and 22,628 (7.9%) antibody tests have come back positive. Today 1,057 or 7.1 % viral tests came back positive.

Walton County Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities (cumulative) No more deaths reported in Walton County nursing homes or assisted living facilities in the last 24 hours.

Great Oak, Monroe – 2 staff members and 2 resident (1 reported recovered) at Great Oaks – no more reported in the past 24 hours as testing positive 

Magnolia Senior Living – Loganville – (Gwinnett County) has 1 staff member who has tested positive – no more reported in the past 24 hours

Park Place, Monroe – 90 confirmed resident cases, 34 confirmed staff cases, 23 deaths reported – that is no more staff member to test positive in the past 24 hours
The Retreat at Loganville Pearl Memory Care Building – 23 confirmed resident cases, four deaths – 19 recovered – That’s no more confirmed case in the past 24 hours
The Retreat at Loganville: three confirmed resident case, three reported recovered, two staff cases, no deaths – That’s no more confirmed case in the past 24 hours

Hollander Senior Living, Monroe, 1 confirmed staff case, no deaths – That’s no more staff cases reported in past 24 hours

Social Circle Nursing and Rehab in Social Circle is reporting that 20 residents and 10 staff members tested positive for COVID-19 and one resident death was reported. That is no more residents or staff members reported positive in the past 24 hours.

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