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Cases top 600; COVID-19 deaths increase to 14

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New cases of COVID-19 are on the decline in Jones County, according to The North Central Health District, which reports a 17 percent drop in infections over a two-week period.

As schools continue in-person instruction, more than one in four new cases reported over that period are among those ages 35-49. The second largest grouping includes people ages 50-64, making up more than 20 percent of new cases.

That trend remains the same across the 13-county health district with a median age of 31 for those infected. The median age for deaths is 74.

The positivity rate for those being tested for COVID-19 remains low in Jones County. Over the past three-week period, 8 percent of tests have come back positive.

The number of deaths at Lynn Haven Health & Rehabilitation has increased to seven out of 22 positive cases among residents. Staff members testing positive have increased to 21, but with 15 residents reported as recovered, the situation appears to be stable.

While 12 staff members and three residents have tested positive at Autumn Lane Health & Rehabilitation, there are no deaths reported.

Macon-Bibb County has seen an increase in new cases at a rate of 38 percent over the past two weeks. More than 22 percent of those cases are among people ages 50-64 as the younger population remains less affected by COVID-19.

Baldwin County shows more younger people impacted with more than 30 percent of new cases among people ages 25-34. The college town also has a higher number of people ages 18-24 testing positive at 27 percent.

New cases are on the decline there, however, with 37 percent fewer cases reported over the past two weeks.

Four percent of emergency room visits in Baldwin have been reported as COVID-19 syndrome while Jones County has dropped to 0 percent.