Forty-three new coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Tuesday in Georgia, including one in Ware County, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
The statewide death toll hit 818 on Tuesday evening. Infections have been confirmed in 20,166 people, an increase of 767 in the past 24 hours.
The latest report from the state Department of Public Health said 3,885 people -- 19.3% of those testing positive for COVID-10 -- were hospitalized.
As of about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 247 COVID-19 cases had been reported in Southeast Georgia. Ware County continues to be the hardest hit with 93 confirmed cases and seven deaths, including the death of a 81-year-old man that was reported Tuesday morning.
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 seven cases reported in Charlton County.
On Monday afternoon, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced plans to restart the state’s economy before the end of the week, saying many businesses that closed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus could reopen as early as Friday.
Georgia’s timetable, one of the most aggressive in the nation, would allow gyms, hair salons, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors to reopen as long as owners follow strict social-distancing and hygiene requirements. Elective medical procedures would also resume. By Monday, movie theaters may resume selling tickets, and restaurants limited to takeout orders could return to limited dine-in service.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause severe illness such as pneumonia or death.