More than one-third of positive tests reported in less than 3 weeks
The COVID-19 pandemic first touched Jones County March 13. It took more than three months for the county to record 100 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.
In less than three weeks – not months – the county topped 200 cases. In less than three weeks again, the county now has more than 300 cases.
The death rate remains low, however, as there are only three reported among Jones County residents as of Monday. Unlike neighboring communities, few cases have been recorded at long-term care facilities, but more cases are being reported locally at Autumn Lane Health & Rehab – up to three resident cases from one a week ago. Staff members testing positive remains at six.
Stone Brooke Suites is reporting one positive case and one death. The positive COVID-19 test was reported weeks ago, but the death is new as of Monday.
Lynn Haven Health & Rehab has held steady at three positive tests among staff members but none among residents.
According to Monday’s report from the North Central Health District, which serves 13 counties, Jones County is still considered an area of substantial spread, although it not considered as an area of concern, unlike neighboring Jasper and Putnam counties.
Just 7% of cases in Jones County are linked to an outbreak while 93% of cases are considered community spread. For residents who have gone to the emergency room since July 24, 12% were categorized as having COVID-19 syndrome.
Despite the increase in total cases, positive tests reported have decreased 49% since early July. The majority of cases have been in the 35-49 and 50-64 age groups, according to Monday’s report.
Two cases were reported in the 5-9 age group with six reported among those 10-17, which is significant as Jones County schools plan to return to in-person instruction Aug. 17.