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Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sumter County now up to 391 with 29 fatalities

AMERICUS – According to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s most recent COVID-19 update, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sumter County has risen to 391 and there have been a total of 29 deaths in the county as a result of the disease. The GDPH also reports that 183,012 people in Georgia have been tested for the virus and that the total number of positive cases in the state has risen to 29,368. The GDPH also reports that a total of 1,222 people in Georgia have died of the disease.

Phoebe Sumter Medical Center CEO Brandi Lunneborg stated that as of noon on Thursday, April 30, there are 17 patients being treated at the hospital for the Coronavirus.

On the hospital’s facebook page, Lunneborg stated that she wants the community to continue to keep following the COVID-19 guidelines even though the numbers in the county are trending in the right direction. Those guidelines are as follows:

(1). Wear a clean mask at work and in public at all times.

(2). Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer often.

(3). Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

(4). Do not congregate in groups and always maintain a distance of six feet from others when you are in public.

(5). Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces often.

According to the GDPH, Lee County currently has 329 confirmed cases with 20 deaths. Dooly County has a total of 133 confirmed cases with 11 deaths. Crisp County has a total of 171 positive cases with four fatalities and Schley County has a total of 16 confirmed cases with one death. Taylor County currently has 18 confirmed positive cases with two fatalities and Webster County has 10 confirmed cases with two deaths. Dougherty County currently ranks sixth in the state for the most confirmed cases with 1,543 with 125 fatalities.