16 new coronavirus cases in Southeast Georgia; Pierce County reports 4th death

Georgia closes in on 50,000 reported COVID-19 cases

Medical staff of the National Health Organization (EODY) conduct tests for the new coronavirus on the Aegean Sea island of Folegandros, Greece, on Monday, May 25, 2020. EODY and the non-for-profit Organization Symplefsi, organized a two-day mission to perform COVID-19 tests including vulnerable residents on four remote Greek islands. Greece restarted regular ferry services to its islands Monday, and cafes and restaurants were also back open for business as the country accelerated efforts to salvage its tourism season. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) (Thanassis Stavrakis, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Georgia reported more than 950 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, pushing the state total close to 50,000, according to data from the state Department of Public Health.

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported that the state’s confirmed cases reached 49,847, an increase of 953 cases in a span of 24 hours.

The statewide death toll was at 2,147 as of Thursday afternoon, according to the health department, an increase of 24 additional deaths when compared to Wednesday. One of the new deaths reported Thursday was a Pierce County resident, bringing the total there to four deaths.

In the six Southeast Georgia counties tracked by News4Jax, there have been 647 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 32 new cases reported over the last two days, and 24 deaths.

View the chart below for a full breakdown of Southeast Georgia counties:

This week, Georgia started updating its statewide COVID-19 data once a day on the state health department website. The update will be scheduled for 3 p.m.

“This will allow time to process and validate laboratory and case reports to improve data quality and accuracy,” the Georgia Department of Public Health wrote on the website.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but it can cause more severe illness including pneumonia in older adults and people with existing health problems. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus within weeks.