By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Georgia state health officials are now reporting 485 coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 cases to date, including 14 deaths (nearly a 3 percent CFR).


To date, Fulton (88), Bartow (54), Cobb (47) and Dougherty (44) counties have reported the most cases.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reports epidemiologists are on-call 24/7 to help health care providers evaluate individuals presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 to ensure that possible cases are managed safely, support laboratory testing and implement recommendations from the CDC. In the event of COVID-19 in Georgia, epidemiologists would also be monitoring outbreaks and recommending control strategies, including guidance regarding testing and isolation.

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Lastly, the State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.