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Cases steady in Jones but rising elsewhere

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Thanksgiving was two weeks ago, and statewide, new cases of COVID-19 are setting records, eclipsing the worst of the spread over the summer.

Friday’s total of new cases in Georgia was 5,017 with another 4,875 Monday. That tops the previous record high of 4,782 on July 24.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 448,683 people have tested positive in Georgia while 9,007 have died from the coronavirus, according to the Georgia Department of Health.

For the last two weeks in Jones County, the rate of new cases has declined by 21 percent, but 10 of new cases are related to a congregate setting outbreak. That leaves 90 percent of new cases associated with community spread.

People 34-49 represent 22 percent of new positive tests while 18 percent are reported in patients 80 and older.

Of the 13 counties in the North Central Health District, Hancock County appears to be hit the hardest. New cases have increased 152 over the past two weeks with most new cases among younger residents ages 25-34.

Other counties with an increase in the rate of new cases are Bibb, 11 percent; Houston County, 8 percent; Jasper County, 85 percent; Putnam County, 8 percent; and Twiggs County, 100 percent.

Men continue to be hit harder by COVID-19, according to Monday’s NCHD report. Males represent 55.8 percent of new cases and 53.3 percent of deaths.

The health district is also encouraging all Americans age 6 and older to get a flu shot.

The release states that getting a flu vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of getting sick, being hospitalized or dying from flu. In 2019-2020, flu vaccination prevented an estimated 7.52 million illnesses, 3.69 million medical visits, 105,000 hospitalizations and 6,300 deaths due to influenza.

With time remaining to get a vaccine for the 2020-21 flu season, visit vaccinefinder.org for more information.