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Schools begin to report COVID-19 cases

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    The map of cases reported in the last two weeks shows Jones County (purple star) as a lighter color than most of the counties it borders, meaning new cases are lower than Bibb, Baldwin, Wilkinson, Twiggs and Putnam Counties. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC H
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After Jones County schools opened their doors Aug. 17, at least three positive COVID-19 cases have been reported.

Last week, Superintendent Chuck Gibson sent an email to parents letting them know of a positive test result at the high school.

“Today, we have had one individual to test positive for COVID-19 at Jones County High School. Contact tracing at the school has been completed, and anyone in close contact with this person has been notified,” the statement read.

Shortly after, Gibson reported two more positive tests, one at Turner Woods Elementary and another at Dames Ferry Elementary.

“We will continue to keep you informed of any positive cases in our schools,” he said in the statement. “In addition, we will post a weekly summary each Friday of confirmed positive cases on our website. Thank you for your continued support of the Jones County School System.”

As of Monday, cases are up 19.5 percent from the previous week with 42 cases reported on one day, Aug. 24. The number of deaths increased to five.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health website, the fifth death was an 86-year-old white male. Jones County’s long-term care facilities are not showing any new resident cases. The latest report shows, of the three cases at Stone Brooke Suites, two have recovered.

Autumn Lane still reports three resident cases but is now up to seven staff cases.