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Jones has second highest rate of new cases

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While the rate of new cases has slowed across the 13-county North Central Health District, Jones County is in second place for new cases, only behind Baldwin County.

The good news is the rate of positive tests is on the decline, and according to the Jones County School System, only four positive tests have been reported since classes returned Aug. 17.

Parents were notified Monday that one individual at Jones County High School has tested positive after reporting single cases at Clifton Ridge Middle, Dames Ferry Elementary and Turner Woods Elementary.

As of Monday, no new resident cases have been reported in Jones County’s long-term care facilities.

Despite a decrease in new cases, the NCHD is once again designating Jones County as an area of concern, citing confirmed cases and the number of emergency room visits associated with COVID-19 and flu-like syndromes.

Over the past two weeks, most new cases have been reported in the 35-49 age demographic. In second place are people ages 18-24.

During the same period, no cases are related due to an outbreak, according to the weekly NCHD report, meaning all cases are related to community spread of the coronavirus.

Of positive cases reported in the district, 76 percent have been reported as being discharged from hospitals. The cases related to healthcare workers has gone down to 9 percent.

Baldwin County is also listed as an area of concern. Over the past two weeks, nearly 80 percent of new cases have been reported among those between 18-24 years old.

That is a direct result of nearly 600 students testing positive as Georgia College has resumed classes for the fall semester.

Bibb County is also listed as an area of concern, but most new cases are in older populations with the majority among those ages 50-64.