Georgia’s death toll from COVID-19 reached 846 as new numbers were reported Wednesday evening, health officials said.
In the past 24 hours, 28 new deaths have been recorded. The Georgia Department of Public Health reported about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday that infections have been confirmed in 21,102, an increase of 936 since Tuesday evening.
The latest report from the state Department of Public Health said 4,018 people -- 19% of those testing positive for COVID-10 -- were hospitalized.
A total of 251 COVID-19 cases had been reported in Southeast Georgia. Ware County continues to be the hardest hit with 95 confirmed cases and seven deaths, including the death of a 81-year-old man that was reported Tuesday morning.
Glynn County reported two new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday night, bringing its total to 51.
Pierce County has 51 confirmed cases and two deaths, while Brantley County has two deaths and 20 confirmed cases.
In Camden County, 27 cases have been reported. And there have been seven cases reported in Charlton County.
Speaking at a daily White House briefing Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump said he told Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp that he “disagreed strongly” with Kemp’s decision to begin allowing some nonessential businesses to soon reopen.
Kemp’s call to reopen shuttered businesses in Georgia has left some business owners wary and confused and others elated this week.
His order lets gyms, hair and nail salons, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors open with restrictions Friday. Restaurants can resume dine-in service Monday, though bars and nightclubs must remain closed.