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No new cases reported at long-term care facilities

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As new cases of COVID-19 hit a record high nationwide Friday at 99,321, Georgia and Jones County have not yet followed that trend.

The North Central Health District seems to agree as Jones County has been downgraded from an area of substantial spread to an area of moderate spread.

There were no reports of Jones Countians reporting COVID-19 systems among emergency room visits over the past two weeks.

The rate of new cases over that period has decreased by 42 percent, but the county has one more death reported, brining the total to 17.

According to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health, that individual is a 41-year-old African American male.

The Jones County School System also remains relatively free from COVID-19 cases as only two individuals have tested positive from Oct. 26-30, which is 0.03 percent of the students and staff.

Data from the DPH shows no new cases among Jones County’s three long-term care facilities along with no more deaths.

Middle-aged people appear to be the ones testing positive at the highest rate over the past two weeks. People ages 50-64 make up 28 percent of new cases while those ages 35-49 make up 23 percent of new cases, putting the total of the combined groups at just over 50 percent.

Baldwin County is among those still experiencing substantial spread and is an area of concern as 5 percent of emergency room visits are reported as COVID-19 symptoms. The rate of new cases has increased by 9 percent.

Those new cases are largely among those ages 18-24, both over the past two weeks and since the beginning of the pandemic.

Other counties in the NCHD considered areas of concern are Houston, Jasper, Monroe, Peach, Putnam and Wilkinson.