By Tom Law
The Toccoa Record
The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Stephens County since the
coronavirus outbreak climbed to 24 late Tuesday, according to the
Georgia Department of Health.
That’s up from 14 confirmed cases at the same time a week ago.
There have been no coronavirus-related deaths in the county as of
Stephens County Hospital CEO Mike Hester reported Tuesday the
hospital and its physician’s group have tested 100 people for the
coronavirus with nine positive results, 86 negative results and five
test results still pending.
“We have received many results on patients tested over the weekend,
all of which were negative and we’re very thankful for that, but we do
anticipate seeing more cases in our community which are positive,” he
Hester said there are now multiple healthcare providers
administering coranivirus tests in the county.
As of Monday, the seven patients had been hospitalized at Stephens
County Hospital with COVID-19.
Of those seven hospitalized, three patients have been released and
returned home and are recovering, Hester said.
Three others remain hospitalized and one was transferred to another
facility, according to Hester.
Statewide as of Tuesday night, there have been 14,578 confirmed
COVID-19 cases since the beginning of February with 524 deaths.
Some 2,854 Georgians have been hospitalized because of the virus.
In the northeast Georgia area, the most confirmed cases, 28, have
been reported in Habersham County.
There has been one coronavirus death reported in that county.
Stephens ranks second with 24 confirmed cases and no deaths.
Next comes Banks County with eight cases and no deaths, Elbert, six
cases and no deaths; Franklin, five cases and no deaths; and Hart, five
cases and no deaths.