By Joe Johnson
The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Athens-Clarke County rose from 10 Sunday evening to 14 Monday afternoon, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Also as of Monday, the DPH reported that statewide there were 772 confirmed cases of the highly-infectious disease and 25 virus-related deaths.
The DPH updates its COVID-19 information twice daily, at noon and 7 p.m.
Confirmed cases of the disease in Oconee County jumped from one to three on Monday, and Barrow County remained steady with one case. The DPH said.
With 145, Fulton became the first county in Georgia to reach triple digits of confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the DPH.
The three counties with the next most cases of COVID-19 were Cobb with 79, and DeKalb with 75 cases.
Closer to home, Gwinnett County had 34 confirmed cases, Hall County had 10 and Madison County recorded its first confirmed coronavirus case.
In its latest status report, the DPH noted that “Today’s significant increase in cases is in part reflective of improvement in electronic reporting efficiency from commercial laboratories. These reports often have sparse patient data and DPH will be working to complete these records, so data will change over time.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in its noon weekday update that as of Monday there were 33,404 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with 400 deaths.