ATLANTA, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Public Health was awaiting confirmation on five additional presumptive positive cases of the new coronavirus Tuesday evening, according to a news release from Gov. Brian Kemp’s office.
The additional cases are in Charlton County, Fulton County, and three in Cobb County. All but one person required hospitalization.
Southeast Georgia Health Systems announced that a patient at its Camden Campus had preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. Results for a second patient at the campus have not been finalized.
It’s unclear if the patient who tested positive at the Camden Campus is among those previously announced by the state, as this is the closest hospital to Charlton County. News4Jax is working to clarify if this is a new case in Georgia.
The SGHS announcement said the hospital is working to notify all patients who may have had contact with the affected patient.
“Those individuals should monitor their health closely and if they begin to be symptomatic, they should seek medical care from their primary care provider or the Emergency Care Center. It is recommended that they call in advance of presenting to a medical provider so that precautionary measures can be instituted prior to their arrival,” the hospital said.
It also wanted to assure the public that it is safe to seek care at the Health System’s Camden Campus.
“We have the facilities and the expertise to care for those patients while protecting the safety of all of our patients, visitors and team members,” the hospital said. “The Camden Campus has negative pressure isolation rooms with specialized ventilation systems and our caregivers use personal protective equipment when caring for any patient suspected of having an infectious disease.”
According to the governor’s office, there are six confirmed cases of the virus in Georgia, and 16 presumptive positive cases.
A patient in Georgia to test positive for the new coronavirus has been isolated on the grounds of Hard Labor Creek State Park, the governor’s office said in a separate news release.
The news release said the patient is from Cherokee County and is isolated in a mobile unit. It said that state public health officials determined a specific part of the park would be best suited for isolation as the patient receives treatment.
According to the governor’s office, the isolated site is closed to public access and closely monitored 24-7 by state law enforcement. Seven emergency mobile units have been deployed to Hard Labor Creek State Park.
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