Chambers County up to 10 COVID-19 cases, Lee County has 40

Published 5:51 pm Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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Chambers County saw its number of COVID-19 cases hit double digits, and the Chambers County School District released information that someone at W.F. Burns has tested positive.

Chambers County is now at 10 total confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, putting it among only eight counties that have at least 10 confirmed cases. Lee County saw its case number increase up to 40 on Wednesday, third most in the state behind Jefferson County and Shelby County.

No patient information is known about the 10 confirmed cases in Chambers County at this time.

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W.F. Burns Middle School announced in a statement that someone at the school had tested positive for COVID-19.  Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge confirmed the confirmed case on Wednesday morning, but said she could not confirm if it was a teacher or student.

“Earlier today we were contacted and we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 at WF Burns,” said a press release from the school. “While it is unknown when this individual contracted the virus, this family was advised by the ADPH to contact everyone that the individual has had contact with over the last two weeks. Therefore, out of our responsibility to you and your family, we are sending this notification to inform you that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 through contact with this individual.”

East Alabama Medical Center said that nine COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized, including one from a nursing home. One patient who was previously hospitalized with COVID-19 has been discharged, according to information the hospital sent out on Wednesday evening.

A total of 25 patients are currently hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19.

According to EAMC, a total of 54 specimen were collected taken at the HealthPlus drive-through testing site. There have been a total of 703 collection kits submitted to labs from this one site and around 800 total, which includes EAMC-Lanier’s collection site and the emergency department at both hospitals.

There were 651 calls on the hospital’s 528-SICK hotline between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Just over the Georgia line, Troup County saw its case total bizarrely decrease and then increase again by the end of the day on Wednesday.

District 4 Public Health, which oversees Troup County and 11 other counties, released information on Tuesday afternoon saying that Troup County had 17 total cases. However, that information was retracted on Wednesday morning as District 4 learned that the information released was incorrect.

“We have had some confusion over numbers. As we are working through the numbers this morning, we are correcting the 17 case county from yesterday to only 6 positive cases. Our apologies,” said District 4 Public Health Public Information Officer Hayla Folden.

Troup was said to have six total cases on Wednesday morning, but the number increased to seven by the end of the day Wednesday.

WellStar West Georgia Medical Center President Coleman Foss said an estimated 30 patients have been tested for COVID-19 at the hospital, with six testing positive. All seven local cases — including a case tested outside the hospital — were treated at WGMC. Six of those patients have been discharged, while the seventh is at WellStar Kennestone.