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Coronavirus cases continue
to fall across the region
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From the March 9, 2022 issue
of The Journal

By Richard Harris
   With the exception of Stewart County, cases continue to fall and are very low in The Journal's area, as well as across the 16 counties in the West Central Health District. That's the case across most of the nation, too, as the CDC now says most people can put away their masks (see separate story).
   "Covid-19 case numbers continue to decrease throughout our district," said Pamela Kirkland, Information Coordinator for the WCHD. "Clay, Dooly, Randolph, and Webster counties reported no new cases. Ten other counties reported less than 10 new cases each. Columbus reported only 35 new cases since last week. Ten counties reported no new deaths; a total of 15 were reported, down from 21 last week."  
   The latest local figures, as of Tuesday, March 8, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, are below.    Due to a reader's request, we are including nearby Sumter County's stats, too.
   Marion County: There have only 2 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Marion County over the last two weeks. That's down from ...
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CDC says take
off the masks

From the March 9, 2022 issue
of The Journal

   The Center for Disease Control says there is no need to wear masks outdoors and that most people can ditch their masks even inside, as numbers of Covid-19 cases continue to dwindle.
   Currently, four of the five counties in The Journal's area are designated by the CDC as "mask free". They say there is no need for residents of Chattahoochee County, Marion County, Schley County, or Webster County to wear masks. However, Stewart County is one of a small number of counties in Georgia where it is still recommended to wear masks indoors.
   The information below was recently released by the West Central Georgia Health District.
   "The CDC has updated its recommendations for wearing masks indoors, based on whether the spread of the virus is at a low, medium or a high level in your community. Masks are only recommended to be worn for communities with high spread of the virus. Those who are at high risk for severe illness and in a medium spread community, should talk to their healthcare provider about the need for wearing a mask indoors. Masks are not recommended for use outdoors. ...
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