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Some neighbors doing better than the others

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Next-door Hancock County now has the fourth-highest COVID-19 death rate in the state, as well as the highest death rate outside of southwest Georgia.

Hancock’s adjusted death rate as of earlier this week was 1-deathfor-every-384 residents. For purposes of scope and context, that would be the equivalent of 116 deaths here in Baldwin County.

Out of the 22 deaths in Hancock County, three were members of the general public, while 19 were residents of nursing homes. Furthermore, out of the 20 confirmed deaths in which the age was listed, one was in their 50s, six were in their 60s, seven were in their 70s, three were in their 80s and three were in their 90s.

Conversely, one of Baldwin County’s other next-door neighbors – Jones County – remained one of 28 Georgia counties yet to record a COVID-19 death, according to DPH. Out of the 34 confirmed cases in Jones County, all 34 were members of the general public, and none occurred within nursing homes or congregate care facilities.

Healthcare cases on the decline

Out of of the 4,369 healthcare workers in the state of Georgia to test positive for COVID-19 as of earlier this week, 79.7 percent were female. Among that same pool, African-American females represented than 40 percent of all cases, despite the fact that African-American females are only 16 percent of Georgia’s total population.

Cases among healthcare workers peaked in late April, but the curve has been reduced by roughly half since then, in terms of confirmed new cases.