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Report: COVID-19 spread continues to increase in Big Bend, South Georgia counties

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 13:24:01-05

(WTXL) — A new weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force Report obtained by ABC News shows COVID-19 spread is getting worse within Big Bend and South Georgia communities.

The new report, which dates back to Dec. 6, showed many local Florida counties had their COVID-19 community spread risk advisory changed:

  • Gadsden: Moved from Low to High risk
  • Hamilton: Moved from Moderate to High risk
  • Jackson: Moved from Moderate to High risk
  • Jefferson: Moved from Moderate to Low risk
  • Lafayette: Remained at High risk
  • Leon: Added to Low risk
  • Liberty: Remained at High risk
  • Madison: Moved from Moderate to Low risk
  • Suwannee: Moved from Low to High risk
  • Taylor: Moved from Moderate to High risk
  • Wakulla: Moved from Low to Moderate risk

With the exception of Miami-Dade, every county in the state of Florida now has 101 to 199 new cases per 100,000 or 200 to 499 new cases per 100,000. Miami-Dade County has 500 or more cases per 100,000.

The local counties in the 200 to 499 new cases per 100,000 range are Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Jackson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Suwannee and Wakulla. The only local county in the 101 to 199 new cases per 100,000 range is Taylor County.

The state of Florida has also had an increase of 2.1 percent in positive tests, and an increase of 15 percent in hospitalizations since the previous week, according to the report. Testing also decreased 22 percent from the week prior, with new cases increasing by eight percent.

Many local counties in Georgia have also had their COVID-19 community spread risk advisory changed as well:

  • Berrien: Remained at High risk
  • Brooks: Added to High risk
  • Cook: Moved from Low to High risk
  • Colquitt: Moved from Low to High risk
  • Grady: Moved from Moderate to Low risk
  • Lanier: Added to High risk
  • Lowndes: Remained at High risk
  • Mitchell: Moved from Low to Moderate risk
  • Seminole: Remained at Low risk
  • Thomas: Moved from Moderate to High risk
  • Tift: Added to High risk

The local counties in the 200 to 499 new cases per 100,000 range are Tift, Cook, Brooks and Seminole. Local counties in the 101 to 199 new cases per 100,000 range are Lowndes, Berrien, Thomas, Mitchell and Colquitt, and in the 51 to 100 new cases per 100,000 range are Grady and Decatur counties.

The state of Georgia also had an increase of 4.9 percent in positive tests and an increase of 21 percent in hospitalizations since the previous week, according to the report. Georgia also had a decrease of 43 percent in testing, with an increase of 30 percent in new COVID-19 cases from the week prior.

To read the full report, click here.

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering