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New COVID-19 cases remain steady

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As positive cases of COVID-19 exceeded 10 million in the U.S. on Tuesday, the number of new infections in Middle Georgia have increased by just 2.66 percent over the past week with 13 new deaths reported.

On Nov. 4, more than 100,000 new cases were reported in the U.S. for the first time. A new record was set Nov. 5 at 121,504. Nov. 6 saw a new high watermark at 132,797 before cresting slightly in the days since.

Georgia’s share of those cases for those same three days was 1,883, 1,990 and 1,792, respectively. Those numbers are relatively low compared to Georgia’s highest report of new infections at 4,785 on July 24.

New cases have largely been centered in the Midwest, with Illinois reporting more than 10,000 cases per day over the weekend.

More cases have been reported in the Jones County School System for Nov. 2-6, although the number remains a small fraction of the system’s population.

Four cases were reported last week at Wells Elementary while one case each was reported at Gray Elementary, Clifton Ridge Middle and Gray Station Middle.

That total of seven new cases makes up 0.12 percent of the student and staff population.

Two more cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Lynn Haven Health & Rehabilitation, although the number of deaths has thankfully not increased. The total number of cases is 27, up from 24 on Oct. 27.

The number of cases among staff has increased from 21 to 23 over the same period.

Jones County remains an area of concern for the North Central Health District because there have been no reports of emergency room visits with COVID-19 symptoms or a congregate setting outbreak. That means new cases are related to community spread.

Most new cases over the past two weeks have been reported for those ages 35-49.