There has been a noticeable spike in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Milledgeville and Baldwin County within the past week, state health officials say.
The spike came between June 19 and June 27, according to figures released by the North Central District of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).
The number of confirmed cases of the virus rose from 435 to 476.
Meanwhile, the number of deaths associated with the virus in the city and county have remained at 33 during that period.
Within that timeframe, several surrounding counties have seen a slight increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Hancock County is one of the counties that has seen only a slight increase. From June 19 to June 27, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Hancock-Sparta area grew by seven cases, according to state health officials.
In that time, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hancock County went from 203 to 210, figures released by health officials show.
The number of deaths in Hancock County, which is one of the smallest counties within the North Central Health District’s 13 counties, remained at 32.
As has been the case in Milledgeville and Baldwin County since the global pandemic began in mid-March, the majority of deaths in surrounding counties have occurred among patients or residents at nursing homes or at medical and government-funded facilities.
Here are a number of guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to help stop the spread of coronavirus:
- Listen and follow the directions of state and local officials.
- If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. And get in touch with your personal medical provider.
- If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school, daycare, etc. And contact your medical provider.
- If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. And contact your medical provider.
- If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
- If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk, (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system) stay home, and away from other people.
- Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do Your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
- Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
- If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services, and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
- Avoid social gatherings in large groups.
- Practice good hygiene.
- Wash hands, especially after touching any frequently used items for surface.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
- Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.