Virus numbers remain lower than nearby counties

  • The Hartwell Sun
    The Hartwell Sun

COVID-19 numbers in Hart County are remaining relatively low, while several surrounding counties are still considered “high transmission” counties.
As of Tuesday, there were 16 active cases of COVID-19 in Hart County, according to county administrator Terrell Partain, up slightly from 13 reported active cases last week.
Hart County has added 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks, according to the Department of Public Health, and 576 cumulative cases. The death toll locally remains at 16.
The test positivity rate locally was 8.4 percent between Oct. 17 and Oct. 23, a decrease from a 9.3 percent positive rate reported the week prior.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hart County has been trending downward since late July and August, when virus numbers peaked locally, according to a graphic on the DPH’s website. The most cases reported in a single day was 14 on July 31.
Hart County is not considered a “high transmission” county by the DPH, but Franklin, Madison, Stephens, Oglethorpe, Banks and Jackson counties are all considered high transmission areas.
Statewide, there have been more than 353,000 confirmed cases and 7,844 deaths related to COVID-19.