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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Athens now at 8

Each of the three state representatives from Athens Thursday afternoon posted the following COVID-19 outreak update on their respective Facebook pages:

We now have 8 positive cases in Athens-Clarke County and 1 positive case in Barrow Co., but we anticipate this number is much higher. We are working hard to increase testing options for patients and, as a result, wanted to provide one update. Piedmont’s Oconee Campus now has a drive-through test collection site.

This site is for patients who have moderate symptoms that do not require hospitalization. In order to receive testing, patients MUST be pre-screened by calling tel:1-866-460-1119. If an individual meets the criteria for testing, he or she will then be assigned an appointment. No drops-in are accepted.

Testing options still remain limited, but we are working with providers and the state to increase capacity quickly. As further updates become available, we will relay those.

Representative Spencer Frye Representative Houston Gaines Representative Marcus Wiedower

The Georgia Department of Public Health updates its COVID-19 statistics at noon each day.

The number of confirmed cases of the highly-contageous disease in Athens reported by the state reps was three more than the day before, when the DPH indicated there were five.

There are at least 11,015 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., according to state and local health agencies, governments and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CNN reported Thursday afternoon.

Based on CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through public health systems, there were 10,945 cases in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and U.S. territories, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 11,015.

In total, 164 people have died, the TV network reported.

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Rhoda Goolsby
Rhoda Goolsby
Mar 20, 2020


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