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Positive COVID-19 cases increase 76 percent over last two weeks

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A few weeks ago, the positive cases of COVID-19 in Putnam County flattened out for about two weeks before the confirmed cases in the last two weeks were on the rise.

As a result, the North Central Health District reported Tuesday that the overall confirmed cases in Putnam County has increased by 76 percent which leaves the county categorically listed as a substantial spread risk.

Additionally, the county has been tagged as an area of concern because at least three percent of all emergency room visits have resulted in positive COVID test results. The overall positivity rate for the past 21 days is 12 percent.

Overall last week, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported 752 positive cases with 27 patients deceased due to the coronavirus with another 73 patients hospitalized.

Of those hospitalized, 76 percent were reported as discharged while 8 percent of the positive cases are healthcare workers.

According to the GDPH, 45 percent of the deceased are directly connected to large group gatherings compared to 11 percent of the positive cases are also directly connected to large groups.