While there remains a substantial spread of the COVID-19 virus in Milledgeville and Baldwin County, health experts say the number of newly confirmed cases has dropped in recent days.
As of Sept. 13, there were 1,912 confirmed COVID-19 cases locally, according to the latest data report from officials with the North Central Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health.
During the same period, health experts said there were 101 presumptive cases in Baldwin County.
There have now been more than 2,000 presumptive cases within the county. The total number of confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the county as of Sept. 7 was 1,873.
Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 7, there was a 7 percent change.
Since the novel coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic spread in Georgia back in mid-March, there have been 141 hospitalizations of residents living in Milledgeville and Baldwin County, health experts said.
Fifty-six residents in Milledgeville and Baldwin County have died of COVID-19. That figure has climbed by six in recent days.
Meanwhile, the current 14-day incidence rate of COVID-19 for residents in Baldwin County was listed at 580 per 100,000 population. The previous two-week incidence rate was 1,127.
When it comes to newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, there has been a 49 percent decrease among local residents between the current and previous two-week periods, according to health experts.
Since March, 20 percent, or 401 of the virus cases reported in Baldwin County, have been linked to an outbreak.
Like is the case in Baldwin County, the other 12 counties that make up the North Central Health District also show a substantial spread of the virus.
The health district is made up of Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington and Wilkinson counties.
All but one of those counties show a decrease in the number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the latest report, which was released Monday. Hancock County is showing a 20 percent increase in the number of newly confirmed cases among its residents between the current and previous two-week periods.
Ordinances are now in place in many of the cities and counties that comprise the North Central Health District, including Milledgeville and Baldwin County.
Local officials continue to urge residents to wear masks or some sort of facial covering when out in the public or inside government buildings.