Update: Union 109 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths

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UPDATE: July 12 at 3 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 109 in the 3 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). The county’s reported four total coronavirus-related deaths.

29 residents have been hospitalized with the virus at some point. DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

Details released about the three deaths are the following: A 78-year-old, white male with unknown medical conditions, a 70-year-old, white female with underlying conditions, an 85-year-old, white male with underlying conditions, and an 86-year-old, white male with underlying conditions.

The statewide case total is now at 116,926 with 3,001 deaths, and 13,259 hospitalized.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 70
  • White – 172
  • Lumpkin – 170
  • Fannin – 128
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 92

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: June 26 at 3 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 67 in the 3 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). The county deaths have reached three.

18 residents hospitalized with the virus at some point. DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

Details released about the three deaths are the following: A 78-year-old, white male with unknown medical conditions, a 70-year-old, white female with underlying conditions, and an 85-year-old, white male with underlying conditions.

The statewide case total is now at 72,995 with 2,770 deaths, and10,605 hospitalized.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 38
  • White – 136
  • Lumpkin – 130
  • Fannin – 94
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 38

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

 

UPDATE: June 23 at 3 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 60 in the 3 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). The county deaths have reached three.

16 residents hospitalized with the virus at some point. DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

Details released about the three deaths are the following: A 78-year-old, white male with unknown medical conditions, a 70-year-old, white female with underlying conditions, and an 85-year-old, white male with underlying conditions.

The statewide case total is now at 67,675 with 2,687 deaths, and 10,121 hospitalized.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 36
  • White – 132
  • Lumpkin – 121
  • Fannin – 82
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 34

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: June 17 at 3 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 56 in the 3 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). The county deaths have reached three.

16 residents hospitalized with the virus at some point. DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

Details released about the three deaths are the following: A 78-year-old, white male with unknown medical conditions, a 70-year-old, white female with underlying conditions, and an 85-year-old, white male with underlying conditions.

The statewide case total is now at 60,030 with 2,575 deaths, and 9,543 hospitalized.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 35
  • White – 124
  • Lumpkin – 110
  • Fannin – 70
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 32

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: June 15 at 3 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 54 in the 3 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). The county deaths have reached three.

14 residents hospitalized with the virus at some point. DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

The statewide case total is now at 58,414 with 2,494 deaths, and 9,322 hospitalized.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 35
  • White – 124
  • Lumpkin – 107
  • Fannin – 67
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 32

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: June 11 at 3 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 53 in the 3 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). The county deaths have reached two.

14 residents hospitalized with the virus at some point. DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

The statewide case total is now at 54,973 with 2,375 deaths, and 9,073 hospitalized.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 32
  • White – 122
  • Lumpkin – 106
  • Fannin – 63
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 32

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: June 10 at 3 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 51 in the 3 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). The county deaths also increased to two.

14 residents hospitalized with the virus at some point. DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

The statewide case total is now at 53,980 with 2,329 deaths, and 8,974 hospitalized.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 31
  • White – 117
  • Lumpkin – 105
  • Fannin – 59
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 32

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: June 3 at 3 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 46 in the 3 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

12 residents hospitalized with the virus at some point. 32 patients haven’t required a hospital stay, but DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

Fetch Your News received information that as of Thursday, May 21, Union General Hospital only had one active COVID-19 patient in their facility. Also, the hospital has conducted 612 tests and only 54 came back positive. These cases might not all be Union County residents, just where the person received the initial COVID-19 test.

The statewide case total is now at 44,638 with 1,933 deaths, and 7,745 hospitalized.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 24
  • White – 103
  • Lumpkin – 99
  • Fannin – 47
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 31

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: May 27 at 1 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 43 in the 12 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

11 residents hospitalized with the virus at some point. 30 patients haven’t required a hospital stay, but DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

Fetch Your News received information that as of Thursday, May 21, Union General Hospital only had one active COVID-19 patient in their facility. Also, the hospital has conducted 612 tests and only 54 came back positive. These cases might not all be Union County residents, just where the person received the initial COVID-19 test.

The statewide case total is now at 44,421 with 1,907 deaths, and 7,666 hospitalized.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 22
  • White – 95
  • Lumpkin – 92
  • Fannin – 40
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 30

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: May 26 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 41 in the 7 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

11 residents hospitalized with the virus at some point. 30 patients haven’t required a hospital stay, but DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

Fetch Your News received information that as of Thursday, May 21, Union General Hospital only had one active COVID-19 patient in their facility. Also, the hospital has conducted 612 tests and only 54 came back positive. These cases might not all be Union County residents, just where the person received the initial COVID-19 test.

The statewide case total is now at 43,983 with 1,895 deaths, and 7,640 hospitalized.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 22
  • White – 95
  • Lumpkin – 91
  • Fannin – 40
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 30

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: May 21 at 9 a.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 39 in the 9 a.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

10 residents hospitalized with the virus at some point. 19 patients haven’t required a hospital stay, but DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

The statewide case total is now at 40,157 with 1,724 deaths, and 7,194 hospitalized.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 21
  • White – 91
  • Lumpkin – 88
  • Fannin – 39
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 30

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: May 18 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 37 in the 7 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

This is the first increase in cases in almost a week.

Union County residents can now be tested at the Towns County Health Department, but need to call the Union County Health Department first to set up an appointment time.

The expanded availability in testing has further slowed lab turnaround times. Reportedly, it can take up to a week or more for a patient to learn their results.

10 residents hospitalized with the virus at some point. 17 patients haven’t required a hospital stay, but DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

The statewide case total is now at 38,283 with 1,649 deaths, and 6,992 hospitalized.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 21
  • White – 87
  • Lumpkin – 83
  • Fannin – 38
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 30

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: May 13 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 36 in the 12 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

The number of confirmed cases could see a rapid increase however as DPH released details on Friday about opening testing up to all Georgians. Those who wish to be tested need to contact their local health departments.

Union County also has 10 residents hospitalized with the virus. 16 patients haven’t required a hospital stay, but DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

The statewide case total is now at 35,427 with 1,517 deaths, and 6,308 hospitalized.

Two employees and one patient in Union County Nursing Home are also confirmed to have COVID-19 as of May 1.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 21
  • White – 88
  • Lumpkin – 80
  • Fannin – 36
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 27

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: May 11 at 6 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 35 in the 7 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

The number of confirmed cases could see a rapid increase however as DPH released details on Friday about opening testing up to all Georgians. Those who wish to be tested need to contact their local health departments.

Union County also has 10 residents hospitalized with the virus. 15 patients haven’t required a hospital stay, but DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

The statewide case total is now at 34,002 with 1,444 deaths, and 6,036 hospitalized.

Two employees and one patient in Union County Nursing Home are also confirmed to have COVID-19 as of May 1.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 20
  • White – 88
  • Lumpkin – 76
  • Fannin – 34
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 27

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: May 9 at 6 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 34 in the 6 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

The number of confirmed cases could see a rapid increase however as DPH released details on Friday about opening testing up to all Georgians. Those who wish to be tested need to contact their local health departments.

Union County also has 10 residents hospitalized with the virus. 14 patients haven’t required a hospital stay, but DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect the number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

The statewide case total is now at 32,568 with 1,401 deaths, and 5,988 hospitalized.

Two employees and one patient in Union County Nursing Home are also confirmed to have COVID-19 as of May 1.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 20
  • White – 88
  • Lumpkin – 76
  • Fannin – 34
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 27

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: May 7 at 6 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 33 in the 6 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

Union County also has 10 residents hospitalized with the virus. 21 patients haven’t required a hospital stay, but DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

The statewide case total is now at 31,575 with 1,340 deaths, and 5,864 hospitalized.

Two employees and one patient in Union County Nursing Home are also confirmed to have COVID-19 as of May 1.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 20
  • White – 87
  • Lumpkin – 76
  • Fannin – 34
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 27

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: May 5 at 6 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went up to 32 in the 6 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

Union County also has 10 residents hospitalized with the virus. 21 patients haven’t required a hospital stay, but DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

The statewide case total is now at 29,839 with 1,294 deaths, and 5,654 hospitalized.

Two employees and one patient in Union County Nursing Home are also confirmed to have COVID-19 as of May 1.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 20
  • White – 83
  • Lumpkin – 69
  • Fannin – 32
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 19

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: May 4 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County went back up to 31 in the 7 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

Union County also has 10 residents hospitalized with the virus. 21 patients haven’t required a hospital stay, but DPH admits due to the way they gather this data, it might be underreported. Also, hospitalization number doesn’t reflect number of current patients in a hospital, but the total number.

The statewide case total is now at 29,437 with 1,243 deaths, and 5,537 hospitalized.

Two employees and one patient in Union County Nursing Home are also confirmed to have COVID-19 as of May 1.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 19
  • White – 79
  • Lumpkin – 67
  • Fannin – 32
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 19

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: May 2 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – COVID-19 cases in Union County continue to fall in the 7 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). According to the department, Union now has 30 cases down from 33.

Earlier in the week, DPH also removed a death from the Union County list bring that statistic back to one.

According to the latest update, Union County also had 10 total hospitalizations.

Earlier in the day, Towns County received it’s first confirmed death as well.

The statewide case total is now at 28,332 with 1,174 deaths and 5,389 hospitalized.

Two employees and one patient in Union County Nursing Home are also confirmed to have COVID-19 as of May 1.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 21
  • White – 78
  • Lumpkin – 63
  • Fannin – 31
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 16

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: April 28 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 7 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) listed the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Union at 33. However, previous reports from DPH listed two deaths for the county, but the government agency appears to have rescinded one death.

It’s unclear at this time why the death was removed or if it was the elderly male or female previously identified. The new DPH reports removed the deceased patient breakdowns in favor of aggregate data.

According to the latest update, Union County also had 10 total hospitalizations.

Earlier in the day, Towns County received it’s first confirmed death as well.

The statewide case total is now at 24,844 with 1,036 deaths and 4,896 hospitalized.

One employee in Union County Nursing Home is also confirmed to have COVID-19 as of April 23.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 21
  • White – 56
  • Lumpkin – 37
  • Fannin – 26
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 16

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: April 26 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 7 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) listed the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Union at 32 with two COVID-19 related deaths.

The statewide case total is now at 23,481 with 916 deaths and 4,377 hospitalized.

One employee in Union County Nursing Home is also confirmed to have COVID-19 as of April 23.

Number of confirmed cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 20
  • White – 38
  • Lumpkin – 29
  • Fannin – 23
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 15

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: April 26 at 12 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 12 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) listed the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Union at 29 with 2 COVID-19 related deaths.

The statewide case total is now at 23,401 with 912 deaths and 4,359 hospitalized.

One employee in Union County Nursing Home is also confirmed to have COVID-19 as of April 23.

Number of cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 20
  • White – 38
  • Lumpkin – 29
  • Fannin – 21
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 15

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: April 25 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 7 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) listed the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Union at 28 with 2 Covid-19 related deaths.

The statewide case total is now at 23,216 with 907 deaths and 4,353 hospitalized.

Number of cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 20
  • White – 36
  • Lumpkin – 29
  • Fannin – 21
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 15

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: April 24 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 7 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) listed the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Union at 27. The county’s second death was also reported – an 84-year-old female with underlying conditions.

The first COVID-19-related death was a 79-year-old male with underlying conditions.

The statewide case total is now at 22,491 with 899 deaths and 4,322 hospitalized.

Number of cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 20
  • White – 38
  • Lumpkin – 29
  • Fannin – 21
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 15

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: April 23 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 7 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) listed the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Union at 25.

The statewide case total is now at 21,883 with 881 deaths and 4,154 hospitalized.

Number of cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 19
  • White – 36
  • Lumpkin – 28
  • Fannin – 20
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 14

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: April 22 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 7 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) listed the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Union at 18.

The statewide case total is now at 21,102 with 846 deaths and 4,018 hospitalized.

Number of cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 19
  • White – 33
  • Lumpkin – 26
  • Fannin – 20
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 14

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: April 20 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 7 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) added one more COVID-19 case to Union County bringing the total to 16.

The statewide case total is now at 19,399 with 775 deaths and 3,703 hospitalized.

Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris, released the following information earlier today:

“At this time, Union General Hospital has tested 165 people with 19 confirmed positives while awaiting the results of 17 tests. This does not include any people who may have used private company testing as we have no way to know who they are.

It is apparently impossible for the CDC numbers to match up exactly with hospital numbers, but this is the latest info taking into consideration that the numbers sometimes change hourly. However, the testing process is improving and test that once took a week to receive the results, are now being received within 24 – 48 hours. We may see more positive responses as we test more, but it is also now easier to keep up with accurate data about Union County COVID-19 cases.”

Number of cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 15
  • White – 30
  • Lumpkin – 24
  • Fannin – 19
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 14

“So while our numbers are increasing, they are moving very slowly. We are keeping our fingers crossed. We can not be too careful and we all must continue to wash our hands, keep 6’ from others, wear masks when possible, do not have any groups over 10 people, and remain at home “Shelter in Place” as much as possible. We are not out of the woods yet!!” Paris added.

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: April 20 at 12 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 12 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) added one more COVID-19 case to Union County bringing the total to 15.

The statewide case total is now at 18,947 with 733 deaths and 3,550 hospitalized.

Number of cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 13
  • White – 21
  • Lumpkin – 23
  • Fannin – 16
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 14

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: April 19 at 12 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 12 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) added two more COVID-19 cases to Union County bringing the total to 14.

The statewide case total is now at 18,301 with 687 deaths and 3,464 hospitalized.

Number of cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 13
  • White – 20
  • Lumpkin – 23
  • Fannin – 16
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 14

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: April 18 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 7 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) added two more COVID-19 cases to Union County bringing the total to twelve.

The statewide case total is now at 17,841 with 677 deaths and 3,447 hospitalized.

Number of cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 12
  • White – 20
  • Lumpkin – 22
  • Fannin – 15
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 14

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: April 17 at 12 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 12 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) added two more COVID-19 cases to Union County bringing the total to ten.

The statewide case total is now at 17,194 with 650 deaths and 3,324 hospitalized.

Number of cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 10
  • White – 20
  • Lumpkin – 20
  • Fannin – 14
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 14

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: April 14 at 12 p.m. 

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 12 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) added another COVID-19 case to Union County bringing the total to eight.

The statewide case total is now at 14,223 with 501 deaths and 2,769 hospitalized.

Number of cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 6
  • White – 13
  • Lumpkin – 10
  • Fannin – 13
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 12

Currently, DPH hasn’t released any recovery numbers for Georgia cases.

UPDATE: April 11 at 12 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 12 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) added another COVID-19 case to Union County, bringing the total to seven.

The statewide case total is now at 12,159 with 428 deaths and 2,479 hospitalized. The total number of cases grew by 676 since yesterday’s 12 p.m. report.

Yesterday, Union General Health System released a statement about a Chatuge Regional Hospital employee testing positive. Fetch Your News spoke with a hospital representative about the case, find more details here.

Number of cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 3
  • White – 11
  • Lumpkin – 9
  • Fannin – 9
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 10

UPDATE: April 10 at 12 p.m

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the 12 p.m. report, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) added another COVID-19 case to Union County, bringing the total to six.

The statewide case total is now at 11,483 with 416 deaths and 2,351 hospitalized. The total number of cases grew by 598 since last night’s report. DPH isn’t releasing additional details about patients or recovery numbers at this time. It added racial data to the report, but the major of cases race is still unknown.

Number of cases in counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 3
  • White – 11
  • Lumpkin – 9
  • Fannin – 9
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 10

UPDATE: April 9 at 12 p.m. Additional detailed added at 6:30 p.m. 

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Union County now has one COVID-19- related death confirmed by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) as of April 9 at 12 p.m.

The individual was a 79-year-old male with underlying conditions due to HIPAA laws, no other details will be released by DPH about the person. Union General Hospital also told Fetch Your News that the system hasn’t yet had a COVID-19 death.

Due to the deceased patient’s age and underlying conditions did was considered a high-risk individual according to the DPH.

DPH District 2 MPH Dave Palmer issued the following statement to those worried about the spread of the virus:

“While Covid-19 causes only mild to moderate symptoms in about 80% of the people infected with the virus, it is a serious illness causing more severe symptoms for some people. We must all do our part to slow and stop the spread of the virus and protect those who are most at risk. Governor Kemp’s shelter in place order has specific instructions to stay home and only go out for essential needs. If you have a weakened immune system, you should stay at home and away from other people as much as possible. Allow family and friends to get essential items and deliver them to you. Have them leave the items at the door. Remember no visitors. For those who must go out, take precautions to limit your exposure – maintain social distancing at all times, wash your hands often especially after touching common surfaces (doors, gas pumps, etc.), do not touch your face, & wear a face covering if you choose.”

The number of confirmed cases hasn’t gone up from yesterday’s report. As of 12 p.m., Union County still has five confirmed cases.

Fetch Your News asked Union EMA Director and Fire Chief David Dyer about these cases and he said some of them are at home self-isolating.

On his Facebook, Sole Commissioner reported the following about confirmed cases in Union: “The Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Daily Status Report shows currently that Union County has 5 Corona Virus cases that have tested positive. I will verify this a little later, but at least three of these have gone home from the hospital with either one or two still active.”

Dyer urged Union County residents to continue to follow CDC, local, state, and federal guidelines as the community experiences COVID-19 spread. People need to stay home, wash their hands, and contact their primary care provider if they begin to exhibit virus symptoms.

UPDATE: April 8 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga  – Confirmed cases in Union are now at five as of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) April 8, 7 p.m. report. This continued daily growth could be the result of previous tests finally being processed by the laboratories and the state.

In Gov. Kemp’s April 8 press conference, DPH Commissioner Kathleen Toomey admitted that while the department has the most accurate information, it is not real-time. She also added that this applies to all health diseases because it takes time to process tests. Georgia now has 29 laboratories that can test for COVID-19.

Toomey also said the DPH isn’t necessarily keeping up the information coming from local hospitals or on social media.

Counties surrounding Union:

  • Towns – 2
  • White – 11
  • Lumpkin – 9
  • Fannin – 9
  • Cherokee County, N.C. – 9

As for public notification about from DPH about where patients went in the community before testing positive, District Two Health Department MPH told Fetch Your News,

“We depend on information from the individuals that we interview to be inclusive of everywhere they have been and all persons they have had close contact with. Again, they have to have close contact – less than 6 feet and longer than 10 minutes. There should not be any tourism per the governor’s shelter in place order. There should be no public gatherings. People out in public should only be there for essential reasons, food, banking, etc..and should be practicing social distancing. Because the virus is spreading we are not issuing press releases about cases – they are reflected on the GDPH website.”

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on cases confirmed by the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) only. These reports may not reflect real-time spread as the laboratories processing COVID-19 tests are reportedly backlogged by several days. Fetch Your News is also reaching out to local sources to confirm positive cases before writing articles on the subject.

Update: April 7 at 7 p.m.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Within the span of seven hours, Union County’s confirmed COVID-19 cases grew from three to four according to the April 7 Georgia’s Department of Public Health Report at 7 p.m.

In the 12 p.m. update, DPH informed the public that Union County had three cases, up from the first case, which was originally reported last week. The 7 p.m. update also saw statewide cases reach over 9,000 and 348 deaths.

Cases continue to be found throughout North Georgia with several counties seeing an increase in COVID-19 numbers. Pickens now has two COVID-19 related deaths. Dawson has one death. All were senior citizens and at least two had underlying conditions.

Currently, the DPH report doesn’t release recovery numbers. However, last week in Cherokee County, N.C., its health department reported that six of it’s nine confirmed cases have recovered.

Please keep everyone battling the virus and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Earlier Update and Original Story Below:

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH) April 7, 12 p.m. report, it confirmed that Union County now has three COVID-19 cases.

The reports don’t provide details about individuals. Fetch Your News will update the story as information becomes available. Please keep the patient and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

Union General Hospital issued a press release last week about a case and patient, who is a Towns County resident being treated at the facility.

Georgia now has 8,818 cases, and a Public Health State of Emergency is in effect until April 13.

Union General Hospital went on lockdown on March 17, 2020, in an effort to prevent COVID-19 from easily entering or leaving the facility.

Blairsville and Union County declared a state of emergency the week of March 23.

The DPH’s only been testing symptomatic and at-risk patients at this point in time. Union County residents should remain vigilant with social distancing and handwashing to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

Cherokee County, N.C. borders Union County to the North and had eleven confirmed, but two being reported in N.Y. and Illinois because the patients reside in those states. The N.Y. patient also attended a contra dance at John C. Campbell Folk School on March 10, so anyone who also visited the Folk School that day should be tested if they start to exhibit symptoms.

Towns County now has two confirmed cases.

Lumpkin County to Union’s southern border now has nine cases of COVID-19. No details are known at this time.

White County which also borders Union to the south has nine cases. Fannin to Union’s west has ten cases.

Stay with Fetch Your News as we bring you up-to-date news about the spread of the virus in North Georgia and Western North Carolina. See the latest numbers here.

Fetch Your News has chosen to report on confirmed cases from the DPH and is reaching out to other sources for details in order to provide accurate information. DPH reports aren’t necessarily real-time cases, but a few days behind due to the backlog of tests.

1 Comment

  1. Grammar Police April 9, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    It’s HIPAA, not HIPPA.

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