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3 new cases reported in Southeast Georgia as cases in state surpass 23,000

Over 900 COVID-19 deaths reported in Georgia

An official holds a sign telling people to "Show Your Photo ID and Appointment Confirmation" to help guide patients to a COVID-19 testing area on Georgia Tech's campus, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
An official holds a sign telling people to "Show Your Photo ID and Appointment Confirmation" to help guide patients to a COVID-19 testing area on Georgia Tech's campus, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Georgia reached 23,216 on Saturday evening, an increase of 521 in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Three new cases were reported in Southeast Georgia counties tracked by News4Jax.

Ware County continues to be the hardest hit in Southeast Georgia, reaching 105 confirmed cases on Saturday, with eight previously reported deaths. Brantley County (21) added one new case Saturday and Glynn (52), Pierce (52), Camden (28) and Charlton (7) counties saw no new reported cases.

A total of 264 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Southeast Georgia, with 14 deaths.

The death toll in the state reached 907 on Saturday evening, an increase of eight since Friday night. The latest report from the state Department of Public Health said 4,353 people -- 18.7% of those testing positive for COVID-19 -- were hospitalized.

Fulton County is the county that’s been hit hardest by the virus in the state, with 2,543 confirmed cases and 91 deaths. Dougherty County, which has 1,470 cases, has the highest number of reported deaths in the state with 108.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp allowed elective medical procedures to resume Friday and the close-contact businesses he had ordered closed may reopen, including barbershops, nail salons, gyms, tattoo parlors, bowling alleys and massage therapists.

On Monday, limited in-restaurant dining may resume and movie theaters may reopen. All the businesses are subject to a list of restrictions including separating workers and enhanced sanitation.

The move by Kemp was met with mixed reactions from business owners and residents.


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