The Medical Center of Elberton has reported three more positive test results COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Elbert County, practice administrator Brooke McDowell, said Sunday morning. The local number of confirmed cases now stands at 15.
This number includes the cases that have been confirmed to local health and emergency agencies. The Georgia Department of Public Health reports a higher number on its website’s daily statewide update, but it apparently includes three cases that were reported in error for a local nursing home.
In an interview with WSGC News, Elbert County Emergency Management Agency Director Chuck Almond had this message for local residents: “We’ve got to adjust to a new normal. What I mean by that is we’ve got to take this social distancing measure as seriously as possible. You’ve got to not be in each other’s really close space. That would be the safest thing they could do for their family members. And then of course clean, sanitize surface areas. Occasionally wipe off your car steering wheel, things that we haven’t normally been doing. I do completely understand the need for this community to be reopened, for the state to be reopened, and I for one would like to go back to the normal operations. I would just encourage everybody: let’s just be cautious as we move through this process. Let’s all be diligent and help each other in our community. Do the safety steps. Don’t lose sight of the things that possibly could happen, which some have gone through. When we do that, we’ll all be better off.”