Sixth person in Troup County dies from COVID-19, Troup reaches 200 total cases

Published 4:09 pm Monday, May 18, 2020

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Troup County saw its sixth COVID-19 related death reported on Monday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The death was reported in a 57-year-old female. It was unclear if she had a chronic condition. All six deaths in Troup County have been females. Four of those deaths — a 61-year-old, a 66-year-old, a 71-year-old and an 82-year-old — came in people with chronic conditions, according to GDPH.

A 37-year-old female also died but did not have a chronic condition.

Troup County also reached 200 total cases on Monday. According to GDPH numbers, Troup had right at 150 cases at the start of May, so the county has seen an average of just under three new cases a day since May 1.

District 4 Public Health Public Information Officer Hayla Folden said it is too early to determine whether Troup County, or the other counties it oversees, have seen an increase in cases since most businesses began reopening over the last few weeks.

Folden said as businesses are reopening, people need to take precautions.

“As people spend more time in stores, restaurants, and gathered with larger groups they can continue healthy habits to stay safe,” Folden said. “Wash your hands. Keep at least 6 feet between you and other people. Wear a cloth face covering when visiting places that make it difficult to keep your distance.”

WellStar West Georgia Medical Center said it is not at full capacity and credits the community for its work in slowing the spread.

“At this time, we are not at full capacity at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center and ask the community to continue to take measures to prevent community spread, including hand-washing, disinfection of surfaces, and wearing masks in public,” the hospital said in an email. “Patient volumes have stabilized for now, thanks to community efforts to flatten the curve.”

The hospital has also reopened for elective surgeries.

“WellStar encourages patients who are experiencing health issues that require immediate attention to not delay a visit to an emergency department or urgent care facility,” said the hospital in a statement. “We have resumed select time-sensitive essential surgical procedures and additional services, such as laboratory and imaging. New and expanded infection prevention processes have been implemented to help keep team members, patients, and communities better protected from infectious disease during the COVID-19 pandemic.”