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Stewart Sees Virus Cases Spike

From the July 8, 2020 issue
of The Journal

By Richard Harris
   A significant surge in COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks is causing concern in Stewart County, which now has, proportionately, one of the highest rates of cases in the state. As of last Saturday, the county had the fourth highest rate of infection in Georgia.
   At the deadline for this week's newspaper Stewart County had reached 184 confirmed cases. That's an increase of 71 from last week's total of 113, which was an increase of 29 from the previous week's total of 84.

   In the same three-week period, the county's number of coronavirus related hospitalizations has risen by 17 (from 15 to 24 to 32). Thankfully, the number of deaths remains at only three.
   Stewart County's per 100,000 rate of cases is 3,002. That represents roughly 3% of the county's population.
   Some have speculated that the number of official cases reported by the state is artificially high due to the inclusion of cases inside the Stewart Detention Center (SDC), a detention facility for illegal aliens operated in Lumpkin by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). However, while precise data is hard to come by, Stewart County Manager Mac Moye says ... The rest of the story.