County COVID cases down over past week

  • White County is nearing 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
    White County is nearing 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

White County is nearing 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health report on Tuesday, Oct. 13, White County had 961 confirmed cases since the first one was reported in mid-March.

As of Oct. 13, the White County Emergency Management Agency considered 679 cases to be recoveries out of the 961 cases reported by DPH at that time. A patient is considered to have recovered 21 days after a confirmed case report is provided to the county.

DPH said Tuesday that Georgia’s seven-day moving average of new cases reported increased by 4.3% between Oct. 6-12, though it remained down 66% from the state’s peak July 24. On a much smaller scale during that period, White County’s seven-day average of new cases decreased from 9.6 on Oct. 6 to 4.6 on Oct. 13, after seeing the average decline the previous week.

The DPH update listed 32 new cases from Oct. 6 to Oct. 13. Counts for previous weekly periods were 67 from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, 38 from Sept. 22 to Sept. 29, 135 from Sept. 15-22, and 65 from Sept. 8-15.

For the month of September, the county has had 359 cases reported to DPH, compared to 219 total in August, 293 from July through mid-March when the first case was reported.

As of Oct. 13, DPH reported that there had been 22 deaths attributed to the coronavirus in White County. The ages of the deceased listed include men ages 26, 36, 60, 65, 68, 79, 81, 83, 84, 85 and 88, and women ages 43, 56, 71, 76, 77, 82, 87, 88 and three over 90. All but two are listed as having chronic health conditions.

The White County School System weekly COVID-19 status report on Oct. 14 said there were currently no students who had reported positive for COVID-19 and no students quarantined for possible exposure at that time. At that time, there was zero reports of staff members with a positive COVID-19 test, and one staff member quarantined for possible exposure.

The report lists students and staff who are out on that particular day – in this case, Oct. 14 – because of a positive test or exposure to somebody with COVID-19, and are not cumulative numbers.