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Georgia cases leap 30%; death toll in state hits 65

Georgia’s number of coronavirus cases spiked by more than 30 percent in a day, reaching 2,198 statewide, state officials reported.

That total, reported at 7 p.m. Friday, climbed by 555 from Thursday’s figure of 1,643 as of Thursday evening. Nine more Georgians have died, bringing the COVID-19 death toll to 65.

The increases represent more testing for the disease and also the spread of the virus in certain communities.

That spread is rampant in Albany and elsewhere in Dougherty County, in southwest Georgia. The main hospital there has reported 16 deaths.

The hospital, Phoebe ...

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COVID-19 infections spread in Georgia’s correctional facilities   

By Max Blau

Corrections officials are struggling to combat the rising spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails throughout the state. The disease has led to one death, and more than two dozen other people are either known to be infected or showing potential symptoms.

Georgia Health News has learned that three people at the federal penitentiary in southeast Atlanta have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Two are inmates, and one is a staff member.

Twenty people incarcerated at two medium-security state prisons – Lee State Prison in Leesburg and Phillips State Prison in Buford – have tested ...

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State sending more help to embattled Phoebe Putney in Albany

State officials say they will send a National Guard medical support team to help an Albany hospital deal with its deluge of COVID-19 patients.

That will help the already stretched medical staff deal with the constant flow of area residents with symptoms of coronavirus. “Patients keep coming every day,’’ said Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital spokesman Ben Roberts. “Our critical care staff is reaching their maximum capacity.’’

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on Thursday reported its death toll from coronavirus had reached 16, an increase of four in the past day.

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State COVID-19 toll jumps within hours; sterilizing facilities get regulatory break

In just seven hours, the state toll from coronavirus jumped significantly.

As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, 47 Georgians had died from coronavirus, up from 40 reported at noon. The total number of cases increased from 1,247 to 1,387 over that time.

The death rate from confirmed cases in Georgia remains at 3 percent.

The hardest-hit hospital in the state, Phoebe Putney in Albany, on Wednesday reported its 12th death from COVID-19. It has 35 patients in the hospital with the disease, and 90 others hospitalized patients waiting for lab tests to confirm whether they have the virus.

“This morning, all beds in our three ...

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