The number of deaths associated with COVID-19 continues to rise in Baldwin and Hancock counties.

The two counties had a combined 47 as of midday on Monday.

The two counties are also seeing a spike in the number of residents testing positive for the virus.

Several surrounding counties, meanwhile, have shown only slight changes in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and the number of deaths in the last several days, according to the latest figures released by officials with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

In Baldwin County, 25 people have lost their lives associated with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to DPH data.

In neighboring Hancock County, meanwhile, the number of deaths continues to rise when based on the number of residents living there per capita.

As of Monday, Hancock County had a total of 22 deaths.

Unlike Baldwin County, which has a population of a little more than 44,000 residents, Hancock County’s population is slightly more than 8,100 residents.

Both counties are located in the Northeast Region of the Georgia Department of Public Health, which includes 13 counties. 

The two largest counties within the region are Macon-Bibb and Houston County — the Warner Robins area — which now have a combined 40 deaths associated with COVID-19.

Monday’s figures from the DPH showed that Macon-Bibb County had 24 COVID-19 deaths, while Houston County’s number of deaths had 16.

The two counties are the largest counties from a population perspective with the local health district. Houston and Macon-Bibb counties’ population figures are more than three times that of Baldwin County. Houston’s population, the largest within the local health district, is 157,039, while Macon-Bibb County’s population is 152,150.  

The majority of deaths in Baldwin and Hancock counties have stemmed from outbreaks of the virus in nursing homes, as well as a state-operated hospital and the Georgia War Veterans Home — both of which are located in Milledgeville.

Several deaths have been linked to the disease at the Georgia War Veterans Home, Bostick Nursing Center and The Cook Building at Central State Hospital on the campus of Renaissance Park in Milledgeville.

Two nursing homes, meanwhile, in Sparta and Hancock have been hit the hardest, health officials said.

As of Monday, there had been 330 cases of COVID-19 in Baldwin County. Of that figure, 65 residents have had to be hospitalized because of the disease.

In Hancock County, 33 have been residents hospitalized since the pandemic began.

Other surrounding counties have seen their numbers stay about the same as in recent days.

Those counties include:

•Putnam County, where a total of 87 positive cases have been reported with eight deaths, and 16 residents hospitalized.

•Washington County, where a total of 74 cases have been reported with one death, and seven hospitalized.

•Wilkinson County, where a total of 65 cases have been reported with four deaths, and 18 hospitalized.

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