2 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ware County as Georgia surpasses 23,400

There are 916 novel coronavirus deaths reported in Georgia as of Sunday evening

Xuan Le wears as mask as she cleans her work station as Envy Nail Bar prepared to open on Friday, April 24, 2020, in Savannah, Ga. Gov. Brian Kemp announced this week the resumption of elective medical procedures, as well as the reopening of certain close-contact businesses like gyms, barbershops and tattoo parlors. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum) (Russ Bynum, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Georgia reached 23,481 on Sunday evening, an increase of 265 cases in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

There were two new cases reported Sunday in Southeast Georgia counties tracked by News4Jax, both in Ware County.

Ware County continues to be the hardest hit in Southeast Georgia, reaching 107 confirmed cases on Sunday, with eight previously reported deaths.

Brantley (21 reported cases) Glynn (51), Pierce (52), Camden (28) and Charlton (7) counties did not report any new cases on Sunday.

A total of 266 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Southeast Georgia, with 14 deaths.

The death toll in the state reached 916 on Sunday evening, an increase of nine deaths in the last 24 hours. The latest report from the state Department of Public Health said 4,377 people -- 18.6% 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 2,545 confirmed cases and 94 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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