Now 41,482 Georgians have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 819 cases Friday, according to state reports. 33 more deaths were reported for a new total of 1,808, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Richmond County added one more infection and one new death, bringing total positives to 523 including 153 who have been hospitalized, while deaths rose to 18.

Georgia’s 10th most populous county, Richmond also is 10th in the number of COVID-19 cases.

The state reported one less case for Columbia County to now 223 while deaths remained at six.


In other area Georgia counties, Screven County saw three more cases and one additional death for now 25 cases and 2 deaths while McDuffie gained two cases for now 62 and deaths stood at five. Washington added one case for a total of 72 and one death, and Wilkes added two cases for 32 positives with still one death.

Burke dropped one case earlier in the day and gained it back late Friday to remain at 120 total cases and four deaths; Jenkins added one case for now 18 cases and 1 death cumulatively; Lincoln stayed at 15 cases and a previously reported death was remove, for now no COVID-19 deaths in the county; Jefferson remained at 26 and 1; Warren was at 17 and 0, and Glascock 1 and 0.

Doctors Hospital added five positive cases for a total of 56. Deaths remained at 14 while four were hospitalized Friday, spokesman Peter Moberg said.

In its latest report, Augusta University Health added 12 positive COVID-19 cases for Wednesday morning through Friday morning for a new total of 632 since March 13.

University Hospital’s reported caseload added two cases for now 255 testing positive.

Mednow Urgent Care’s testing sites added one positive for 70. Those testing positive for coronavirus antibodies, indicating they had recovered from the disease, remained at 13.

In area long-term care facilities, Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home added a case for 16 while staff infections remained at 11. Augusta Fire Chief Chris James said Friday the residents who tested positive have been moved to other locations.

University Hospital Kentwood remained at 31 infections and three deaths and Madison Heights Personal Care Home stayed at 10 cases and four deaths.

Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center added a case for a total of 43 while known deaths remained at three, according to the Veterans Administration.

South Carolina reported 9,638 cases and 419 deaths Friday. They included 166 positives and seven deaths in Aiken County and 47 positives and two deaths in Edgefield County.

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