1 year after Georgia reported its first coronavirus cases, the state’s total reaches 819,730

Since beginning of pandemic, Clinch, Pierce and Ware county among hardest hit

Vietnam veteran Robert Ingram, 74, on West Broad Street adjusts a face mask in downtown Sparta, Georgia in this file photo from May 2020.
Vietnam veteran Robert Ingram, 74, on West Broad Street adjusts a face mask in downtown Sparta, Georgia in this file photo from May 2020. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 1,227 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Monday -- one year to the day after Gov. Brian Kemp announced the state’s first cases.

This brings the total to 819,730 confirmed cases in the state since the pandemic began. At least 15,148 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported across the state, including 80 new deaths added Monday on the state’s status report. One of those additional deaths was in Ware County.

The state reported 50 additional hospitalizations Monday, bringing the total for the year to 56,089.

Over the past year, Georgia has tested 7,215,169 people for coronavirus. The state’s percent positive tests on Monday as 11%.

Over the year since the pandemic reached Georgia, about one of every 13 residents have tested positive for coronavirus.

Among the Southeast Georgia counties, Ware, Clinch and Pierce counties have been among the hardest hit, according to state data. One in every seven people in Clinch County has tested positive for the virus, while one in eight in both Pierce and Ware counties have had COVID-19. By contrast, only one in 15 people in Camden County have tested positive.

On Thursday afternoon, a parade was held in Kingsland to honor Lalonee Gibbs. (Special to WJXT)

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