Lanier County COVID-19 Cases Rise 6%: Local Football Scrimmages Cancelled

 

By Carol A. Gasser Moore

LAKELAND, Georgia – As Emory University infectious disease experts raise strong concerns about fall sports being played in areas, such as Georgia, particularly where there are high levels of COVID-19 cases the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) has cancelled all preseason football scrimmages across the state.

 

When the GHSA cancelled the scrimmages, locally last week’s Lanier County High School Band practice was also cancelled.  But the GHSA does not have jurisdiction over the band program, so the LCHS had its scheduled band practice this week while following the Georgia Music Program Educators recommended COVID-19 guidelines.

 

The scrimmage cancellations affected Lanier Count’s two football scrimmages (Pataula Charter-Aug 21; Cook County-August 28). This follows the Emory experts say would be safer action since many communities have COVID-19 case levels that exceed what are believed to safe allowable returns to athletic competition.

 

COVID-19 Weekly Case Changes August 6 – 12, 2020

HEALTH SOUTH DISTRICT

Department of Public Health

COUNTIES

SOUTH HEALTH DISTRICT

Tested Positive % Change Deaths %

Change

Hospitalizations %

Change

Ben Hill 371  495 25% + 5 40%+ 43 23%+
Berrien 324 19%+ 1 100% 15 20%
Brooks 419 7%+ 17 0% 47 2%+
Cook 456 8%+ 6 0% 45 2%+
Echols 225 4%+ 2 0% 8 12%+
Irwin 174 9%+ 1 0% 26 11%+
Lanier 225 6%+ 4 0% 15 6%+
Lowndes 3257 6%+ 50 32%+ 153 9%+
Tift 1380 6%+ 44 20%+ 181 4%+
Turner 260 98%+ 18 0% 40 5%+

 

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