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Virus death toll reaches 775 as Georgia reports new numbers

Gov. Kemp announces some shuttered businesses will be allowed to reopen Friday amid coronavirus pandemic

A person is given a test for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing location in Marietta, Ga. The testing is not open to the public people must be referred by the health department. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
A person is given a test for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing location in Marietta, Ga. The testing is not open to the public people must be referred by the health department. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Georgia’s death toll from COVID-19 reached 775 on Monday evening, with 19,399 confirmed cases reported by health officials.

Since Sunday night, 94 additional deaths were reported and 1,242 new cases were recorded statewide.

The latest report from the Georgia Department of Public Health said 3,703 people -- 19.1% of those testing positive with COVID-10 -- were hospitalized.

Ware County continues to be the hardest hit in Southeast Georgia, with six deaths -- two added over the weekend -- and 88 confirmed coronavirus cases.

Ware County’s confirmed cases make up 36.5% of the 241 cases reported in Southeast Georgia. Pierce County has the second-highest number of confirmed cases (51) and two deaths. Brantley County has two deaths and 20 confirmed cases.

In Glynn County, 49 COVID-19 cases have been reported. Camden County has 27 confirmed cases. And there have been six cases reported in Charlton County.

On Monday afternoon, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp rolled out aggressive plans to restart the state’s economy before the end of the week, saying some businesses that closed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus will be allowed to reopen as early as Friday.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that usually clear up within weeks. For some, it can cause severe illness and be life-threatening.


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