Calhoun Times

COVID Update: 51 new local cases and 9 deaths

♦ There were 6 new deaths on Wednesday alone.

- By Cat Webb CWebb@CalhounTim­

Though less sharply than in previous weeks, new local COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

From Tuesday to Wednesday, Gordon County had 51 new cases reported and nine deaths related to COVID. Statewide, there were 8,950 new cases and 266 deaths.

As of Sept. 13, an average of 78% of inpatient hospital beds were in use across the country, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. As hospitals feel the strain of continued waves of the pandemic, the CDC reports hopeful news.

According to data by the CDC, “the number of newly reported COVID-19 deaths will remain stable or have an uncertain trend over the next 4 weeks, with 5,600 to 17,400 new deaths likely reported in the week ending Oct. 9, 2021.”

The same report states that by that time, there will be between 689,000 and 719,000 deaths reported in the United States.

So far, in the month of September, Gordon County has seen 26 total deaths.

Anyone experienci­ng COVID-19 symptoms, or those who have been in close contact with an individual with COVID-19, should be tested. Those who test positive should self-isolate as per local guidelines and participat­e in contact tracing.

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