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4 more Southeast Georgia deaths connected to COVID-19

FILE - In this April 16, 2020 file photo, registered medical assistant Elaine Lomax handles a nasal swab specimen after it was collected at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in St. Louis. With the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization rising at alarming levels, Missouri and perhaps at least a handful of other states are unable to post accurate data on COVID-19 dashboards because of a flaw in the federal reporting system. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson File)
FILE - In this April 16, 2020 file photo, registered medical assistant Elaine Lomax handles a nasal swab specimen after it was collected at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in St. Louis. With the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization rising at alarming levels, Missouri and perhaps at least a handful of other states are unable to post accurate data on COVID-19 dashboards because of a flaw in the federal reporting system. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

The Georgia Department of Public Health on Saturday reported 51 additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 8,462 since the pandemic began.

Four of those deaths were reported in Southeast Georgia: three in Ware County and one in Brantley County. Ware County has now reported 209 deaths related to coronavirus. Brantley has reported 43 total deaths.

Georgia also reported an additional 2,553 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of those cases, 48 were reported in the Southeast Georgia counties tracked by News4Jax.

As of Saturday, a total of 384,997 confirmed cases had been reported by the state Department of Public Health.

According to the state Department of Public Health, 3,865,939 tests have been performed in the state, which had a 9.3% positivity rate, as of Saturday.

Georgia is also now reporting antigen positive cases -- 37,908 -- and “probable" deaths -- 494. For more on those categories, click here.

(Note: There are variations in the day-to-day data reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Data are based on available information at the time of the report and may not reflect all cases or tests performed in Georgia on that particular day. At times, cases and deaths are removed from the overall running total reported by the Department of Public Health.)

On Saturday, 127 hospitalizations were reported, bringing the state’s total to 33,216.

(The chart below is updated daily and the numbers might not reflect the date this article was posted.)

County-by-county breakdown for Southeast Georgia

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, breathing trouble, sore throat, muscle pain, and loss of taste or smell. Most people develop only mild symptoms. But some people, usually those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia.