By Carol A. Gasser Moore
LAKELAND, GEORIGA – The Health South officials of the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) today (April 16th) an additional person diagnosed with coronavirus. This brings Lanier County to 6 diagnosed cases and one death ending what had been a string of days of remaining at only five cases of confirmed infections.
Sadly, the number of diagnosed coronavirus cases and related deaths also continue to rise. Within Health South District the following numbers have been reported as of 7:00 p.m. today: Ben Hill 10/0, Berrien 10/0, Brooks 22/2, Cook 11/1, Echols 3/0, Irwin 13/0, Lanier 6/1, Lowndes 79/3, Tift 79/4, and Turner 49/1. This is a 17% increase in confirmed cases within the Health South District. Deaths have doubled.
Statewide, there are now 16,368 confirmed cases with 3,260 (19.92%) hospitalized and 617 (3.77%) deaths. This would mean that 12,490 (76.31%) of the diagnosed cases are convalescing at home.
The goal of Governor Kemp’s stay-at-home order and social distancing until May 13th is to flatten the curve created by rising numbers of confirmed diagnosis. It is also a measure to spread the cases out over time and, ideally, to reduce the size of the surge in the numbers of cases.