First COVID-19 Related Death Reported for Cook County
Posted: April 16, 2020 by Kristin Patten
Three new deaths reported across district
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), South Health District has confirmed three new COVID-19 related deaths. One individual was a resident of Cook County, one person was a resident of Tift County and one was a resident of Turner County. The Cook County individual was a 77-year old female with underlying medical conditions. The Tift County individual was a 91-year old male with underlying medical conditions. The Turner County individual was a 75-year old female with underlying medical conditions. All individuals were hospitalized.
“Our prayers are with the families of these individual during this time of loss,” said William R. Grow, MD, FACP, district health director. “It is critical that the residents of our district take this disease seriously so we can try to prevent more individuals from contracting this devastating disease.”
This brings the total count of confirmed COVID-19 related deaths in South Health District to 11.
To receive the most recent total case counts for any county in Georgia, please refer to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Update at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report. This site updates daily at noon and 7 p.m.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is calling on all Georgians to do their part to stop further spread of this deadly virus.
Stay home – the Governor has issued a shelter-in-place Executive Order that should be observed by all residents and visitors.
Practice social distancing – keep at least 6 feet between yourself and other people.
Wash your hands – use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) if soap and water aren’t readily available.
Wear a mask – The CDC now recommends the use of face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19, especially where socials distancing is difficult to maintain (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.), and especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
If you develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., shortness of breath, coughing and fever), and have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your symptoms.