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Reports: Big Bend, South Georgia counties at "extremely high risk" of COVID-19 transmission

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 15:09:40-05

(WTXL) — The newest White House Coronavirus Task Force Report and a recent New York Times article shows that most counties in North Florida and South Georgia are at high risk due to recent COVID-19 numbers.

The White House report lists red, orange, and yellow localities and sorted them by the number of new cases in the last 3 weeks, from highest to lowest.

The New York Times article is complete with maps and data that show that most of the local area is at risk of catching COVID-19.

Counties in the Big Bend area are categorized below by the White House color-coded system, and beside them is data from the New York Times for specific counties.

  • Franklin: Red Zone | 10 avg. daily cases, 82 cases per 100,000
  • Gadsden: Red Zone | 29 avg. daily cases, 64 cases per 100,000
  • Hamilton: Red Zone | 7.6 avg. daily cases, 53 cases per 100,000
  • Jackson: Orange Zone | 30 avg. daily cases, 64 cases per 100,000
  • Jefferson: Orange Zone | 7.4 avg. daily cases, 52 cases per 100,000
  • Lafayette: Red Zone | 3.1 avg. daily cases, 37 cases per 100,000
  • Leon: Orange Zone | 216 avg. daily cases, 74 cases per 100,000
  • Liberty: Red Zone | 6 avg. daily cases, 72 cases per 100,000
  • Madison: Orange Zone | 9.7 avg. daily cases, 53 cases per 100,000
  • Suwannee: Red Zone | 22 avg. daily cases, 49 cases per 100,000
  • Taylor: Red Zone | 17 avg. daily cases, 77 cases per 100,000
  • Wakulla: Red Zone | 25 avg. daily cases, 75 cases per 100,000

The metropolitan area of Tallahassee is also in the Red Zone as a stand-alone as well in the White House Report.

The color-coded categories are based on new cases and test positivity in the last week, the White House report said.

According to the New York Times report, every county in the Big Bend area is at an "Extremely High Risk" for COVID-19 transmission.

The state of Florida has also had a decrease of 0.1 percent in positive tests, and a decrease of seven percent in hospitalizations since the previous week, according to the report. Testing also decreased 14 percent from the week prior, with new cases decreasing by 19 percent.

The same goes for local Georgia counties, which are categorized by the White House color-coded system, and beside them is data from the New York Times.

All local Georgia counties that ABC 27 serves are listed as "Extremely High Risk," by the New York Times.

  • Baker: Red Zone | 1.6 avg. daily cases, 54 cases per 100,000
  • Berrien: Red Zone | 11 avg. daily cases, 57 cases per 100,000
  • Brooks: Red Zone | 6.2 avg. daily cases, 40 cases per 100,000
  • Clinch: Red Zone | 5.6 avg. daily cases, 85 cases per 100,000
  • Cook: Red Zone | 9.1 avg. daily cases, 53 cases per 100,000
  • Colquitt: Red Zone | 27 avg. daily cases, 59 cases per 100,000
  • Decatur: Red Zone | 15 avg. daily cases, 57 cases per 100,000
  • Echols: Red Zone | 2.2 avg. daily cases, 56 cases per 100,000
  • Grady: Red Zone | 14 avg. daily cases, 55 cases per 100,000
  • Lanier: Red Zone | 4.9 avg. daily cases, 47 cases per 100,000
  • Lowndes: Red Zone | 69 avg. daily cases, 59 cases per 100,000
  • Miller: Yellow Zone | 4.2 avg. daily cases, 74 cases per 100,000
  • Mitchell: Red Zone | 13 avg. daily cases, 60 cases per 100,000
  • Seminole: No Zone Listed | 5.7 avg. daily cases, 71 cases per 100,000
  • Thomas: Red Zone | 35 avg. daily cases, 78 cases per 100,000
  • Tift: Red Zone | 23 avg. daily cases, 57 cases per 100,000

The areas of Thomasville, Moultrie and Valdosta were all listed as Red Zones as well in the White House report.

The state of Georgia also had a decrease of two percent in positive tests and a decrease of 11 percent in hospitalizations since the previous week, according to the report. Georgia also had a decrease of 11 percent in testing, with a decrease of 19 percent in new COVID-19 cases from the week prior, according to the report.

"Each county’s COVID-19 risk level is primarily based on the number of cases reported per capita during the past two weeks," said the New York Times article. "Additional precautions are suggested if more than 10 percent of tests had a positive result over the past two weeks of available data."

Using the New York Times website, you can also search for your county's specific page where it will give a full breakdown of COVID-19 in the county and recommendations on how to reduce risk.

To read the full Florida report, click here.

To read the full Georgia report, click here.