COVID-19 in Bulloch County reaches double digits

Blakeley Bartee

STATESBORO – The Georgia Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report shows 10 cases of COVID-19 in Bulloch County as of noon Tuesday.

The first Bulloch County case confirmed by the DPH appeared on the list just over a week ago. There have been no deaths from the virus in the county, according to the report.

Of the counties bordering Bulloch, Evans County remains the only one with no cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the DPH. The rest are as follows, according to the report:

  • Bryan County: 26 cases, two deaths
  • Candler County: Four cases, no deaths
  • Effingham County: 17 cases, one death
  • Screven County: Three cases, no deaths
  • Jenkins County: Seven cases, no deaths
  • Emanuel County: Three cases, no deaths

The other two counties containing a Georgia Southern University campus have higher rates of COVID-19 than Bulloch. Chatham County has 117 cases and four deaths, and Liberty County has 12 cases and no deaths, according to the report.

Overall, the areas of Georgia with the most cases of COVID-19 are the Atlanta metropolitan area and the Albany area.

Dougherty County, where Albany is the county seat, has 939 cases and 52 deaths. In total number of cases, it is second only to Fulton County, which is about 12 times larger in population, according to census estimates.

The only counties with no COVID-19 cases recorded by the Georgia DPH are Evans, Glascock, Taliaferro and Montgomery counties.

Statewide, about one in five cases reported to the DPH resulted in hospitalization, and almost 4% resulted in death.

Not all cases of COVID-19 are severe. According to the CDC, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness, and symptoms may appear up to 14 days after exposure. Asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19, as Gov. Brian Kemp said he recently learned, can transmit the virus.

To learn more about the rates of COVID-19/coronavirus in Georgia, visit the DPH’s Daily Report. For information about the signs and symptoms of the virus, visit the CDC’s website.

Blakeley Bartee, The George-Anne Editor-in-Chief, [email protected]