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1,000-plus new COVID-19 cases as Georgia passes 62,000 statewide

A medical healthcare worker drops a specimen collection into a container after testing a motorist for COVID-19 at a community testing site in the parking lot of La Flor de Jalisco #2 in Gainesville, Ga., Friday, May 15, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
A medical healthcare worker drops a specimen collection into a container after testing a motorist for COVID-19 at a community testing site in the parking lot of La Flor de Jalisco #2 in Gainesville, Ga., Friday, May 15, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

The Georgia Department of Public Health on Friday reported nearly 1,100 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 62,009.

There have been a total of 2,636 deaths connected to the virus, an increase of 31 deaths in the last 24 hours, and 27 reported deaths in the six Southeast Georgia counties tracked by News4Jax.

Glynn County reported another jump in cases with 39 new cases in the last 24 hours. There have been 63 COVID-19 cases reported in the last three days in the county with a population just over 86,000. The county reported its third death Tuesday.

In Florida, Georgia, Texas and Arizona — states that loosened their stay-at-home restrictions early — daily deaths have been quietly rising since early June, said Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.

“These are not numbers. These are human beings,” Mokdad said. “We’re going to see a rise in deaths in many places in the United States.”

A total of 9,772 people have been hospitalized for the virus since the state began tracking.

In the counties tracked by News4Jax, there have been 886 confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase of 55 in the last 24 hours.

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