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Local deaths up to 8; state tops 6,600

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The latest three deaths related to COVID-19 reported in Jones County by the Georgia Department of Public Health follow the trend of deaths by high-risk people with preexisting conditions.

Those three new reported deaths are a 75-year-old African-American male, an 84-year-old African-American male and an 81-year-old white female. 

The median age for deaths reported in the North Central Health District remains at 74, but the youngest patient reported to have died of COVID-19 was 24.

New cases of the coronavirus were largely among those ages 18-24 and 35-49, according to the weekly report from the NCHD.

In Jones County, the largest increases in cases have been among those who are 18-34 years old. For those ages 5-9, cases have increased by 2 percent, and there has been a 6 percent increases in cases for those 10-17.

New cases for those who are 80 or older have dropped to 2 percent.

In the past week, just five cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Jones County schools. Jones County pre-K had one case while Jones County High School had three cases. Turner Woods Elementary reported one new case Monday. All percentages are

All percentages are below 1 percent as the school system reports an enrollment of 5,106 students with 766 staff members.

Jones County is once again listed as an area of concern, along with neighboring Bibb and Baldwin counties.

In Baldwin, 9 percent of emergency room visits are reported as COVID-19 syndrome. Nearly 40 percent of those cases are among those 18-24 years old.

In Bibb, 2 percent of ER visits are reported as COVID-19 syndrome with older residents ages 34-49 at 28 percent of new cases.