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New positive cases flatten as schools open

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    dph.georgia.gov The yellow line, representing a 7-day average of cases in Jones County, has leveled off since a spike in July.
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As of Aug. 17, positive cases of COVID-19 stood at 353. That’s an increase of 14.2% from the previous week at 309.

While new cases are reported each week, the percentage increase in those cases has decreased since a big spike in July.

One new death has been reported since last week. According to the Georgia Department of health, the death was an 86-year-old white man.

Of Jones County’s long-term care facilities, only Stone Brooke Suites reported new resident cases, now up to three.

Autumn Lane remains at three cases while Lynn Haven still has zero.

According to Monday’s weekly report from the North Central Health District, most new cases in Jones County were in the 50-64 demographic, followed by people ages 65-79.

In previous weeks, new cases had been reported mostly among younger adults. Jones County is listed as an area of substantial spread as part of the NCHD, but other areas are faring worse.

Areas of concern, which change from week to week, as of Monday are Crawford, Hancock, Jasper, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson Counties.

Those areas are defined as having an increase in symptoms among those who report to an emergency room and congregate setting outbreaks.

Out of the district’s 10,825 positive cases, 314 total have died. That moves the death rate lower to 2.9%.