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Positive coronavirus cases top 500 in Jones County

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Cases of the novel coronavirus in Jones County have surpassed 500. Of the 509 cases reported Tuesday, Sept. 14, 43 have resulted in hospitalizations, and five people have died.

No new cases have been reported at the county’s long-term care facilities, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Of those hospitalized, 70 percent have been discharged according to the weekly report from the North Central Health District. Healthcare workers make up 8 percent of total cases.

Jones County is still considered a substantial spread area by the NCHD but is no longer listed as an area of concern. Six percent of emergency room visits between Aug. 29 and Sept. 14 were reported as COVID-19 syndrome.

More than 25 percent of new cases reported over the past two weeks are in the 18-24 age range. The next highest age ranges are 35-49 and 65-79, with 18 percent of new cases each. Cases among those 80 and over have also accelerated at 9 percent of the total.

Of the tests conducted by the health district over the past three weeks, 13 percent have come back positive, which is a slight increase in the positivity rate since the beginning of the pandemic at 10 percent.

In Macon-Bibb County, only 2 percent of emergency room visits were reported as COVID-19 syndrome. The rate of new cases has decreased by 46 percent, but a majority of new cases there are also among those ages 18-24 at 26 percent.

Baldwin County is considered an area of concern as 9 percent of emergency room visits are reported as COVID-19 syndrome. The increase is not connected with any particular outbreak, meaning the new cases are considered community spread.

Ages 18-24 account for 65 percent of new cases in Baldwin.