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Cases top 200 in Jones County

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Rate of increase steady but still higher than region

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Jones County’s first positive case for the coronavirus was reported March 13. That was before any bans on large gatherings or shelter-inplace orders. The county went over 100 cases June 29 with an increase to 108 cases from 94 the day before.

That took 108 days, coincidently, an average of one case per day. It took just 17 days to add another 100 cases with a total of 201 reported July 16. That’s an average of 5.5 cases per day. As of Monday, the case total stood at 225 with 17 hospitalizations and one death, which was reported July 15 as an 85-year-old African American male.

The weekly rate of new cases in Jones County was nearly identical to the North Central Health District, which includes 13 counties, at 22.3% to 21.6% respectively. The same goes for the positivity rate of cases.

Jones County coronavirus stats as of Monday, July 27

  • Case total: 225
  • Hospitalizations: 17
  • Deaths: 1

In the past 21 days, the district’s positivity rate is 13% while Jones County is at 11%. The health district has tested a total of 918 Jones County residents with 9% coming back positive. Those rates are only for tests performed by the health district and do not include testing at healthcare facilities.

Jones County is no longer considered an area of concern but is still reported as a substantial spread area as 8% of emergency room visits were categorized as COVID-19 syndrome.

Most cases reported in the last two weeks have been among two age groups with some space between them. Most new cases are in the 50-64 age range followed closely by 18-24.

According to Monday’s report from the Georgia Department of Health on long-term care facilities, one resident case of COVID-19 is now being reported in Jones County at Stone Brooke Suites in addition to two positive results among staff.

Autumn Lane and Lynn Haven Health & Rehab are not reporting any positive cases among residents but have had staff members test positive. There are no deaths reported in these facilities.

This is in contrast to other facilities in the region, like Pruitt Health in Macon, which has had 103 resident cases and 19 deaths, and Bostick Nursing Center in Milledgeville, which reports 66 cases and 12 deaths.