Bulloch County’s COVID-19 rate relatively low in Georgia despite doubling from last week

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  • This map from the Georgia DPH shows the case rate per 100,000 people in each county. Bulloch County’s case rate remains relatively low at 29.7 per 100,000.

Blakeley Bartee

STATESBORO — Although Bulloch County’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have doubled since last week, the county’s case rate based on population is relatively low compared to some nearby counties and other regions in Georgia.

The latest numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Daily Status Report show 23 known cases for Bulloch County, according to the noon April 16 report. Just last week, the DPH listed 10 known cases among the county’s residents.

Bulloch County’s COVID-19 rate is 29.7 cases per 100,000 residents, according to the report. Neighboring counties Emanuel, Bryan, Effingham, Screven and Jenkins have higher rates of known COVID-19 cases than Bulloch, with Jenkins County having the highest rate among them with 128.5 per 100,000.

The report does not list a case rate for Evans County and Candler County, stating that rates for counties with fewer than five cases may not be accurate.

Nearby Chatham County, with 161 cases, has a case rate of 53.5 per 100,000, and Liberty County has 26 cases and a rate of 38.6 per 100,000.

Statewide, the area with the highest rate of COVID-19 based on population is the southwest region, particularly surrounding Albany, Georgia.

Dougherty County has 1,338 cases and a rate of 1,432.7 cases per 100,000 residents. With just 134 cases, Randolph County has the highest rate statewide with 1,963.7 cases per 100,000 residents, according to the report.

The area with the highest total number of cases in the state is the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, particularly in Fulton County. With 1,929 cases, The county has more known COVID-19 cases than any other Georgia county, according to the report. Its case rate is 177.4 per 100,000.

For more information about current counts and cumulative trends of COVID-19 in Georgia, visit the Georgia DPH’s COVID-19 Daily Status Report.

For information about the signs, symptoms, treatment and prevention of the coronavirus, visit the CDC’s website.

Blakeley Bartee, The George-Anne Editor-in-Chief, gaeditor@georgiasouthern.edu