White County now has its first confirmed case of COVID-19.
The information came in the noon update on the Georgia Department of Public Health's website. With this update, there were now 1,247 confirmed cases in Georgia, 394 people hospitalized and 40 deaths.
White County now joins the many counties throughout the state to see a case, including Lumpkin (3 confirmed cases), Hall (19 confirmed cases), Dawson (1 confirmed case), and Stephens (1 confirmed case) counties in northeast Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health puts out updates twice a day, at noon and 7 p.m. The confirmed patients are listed based on their residence.
White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said they are continuing with the same message to follow the guidance and restrictions that are in place.
Northeast Georgia Health System has put out the following tips to help prevent COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching tissues.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces to help prevent the spread of germs
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are ill.
Continuing coverage of the COVID-19 can be found on whitecountnews.net and in the latest edition of the White County News.