Barbara Augsdorfer
 |  baugsdorfer@savannahnow.com

Georgia’s confirmed case count for COVID-19 rose by just over 1,500 since Sunday to reach 422,133 on Monday; however, the statewide death toll remained the same at 8,778, according to figures posted just before 3 p.m. on Monday by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Cases have been trending upward in Georgia and across the country in recent weeks.

Of Georgia’s 34,824 confirmed COVID-19 cases in patients who were hospitalized when the case was reported to DPH or when interviewed, 42 patients included in that total were added on Monday.

The Chatham County coronavirus case count increased by 22 to reach 10,634 on Monday, and the county’s COVID-19 death toll remained at 203.

The death rate in Chatham County, measured as the percentage of known cases who die from COVID-19, remained unchanged at 1.9% on Monday.

In Effingham, the county’s listed case count rose by three to reach 2,095 on Monday, while the death toll remained unchanged at 32.

Bryan County’s confirmed-case count remained unchanged at 1,436 on Monday. The county’s death toll also remained unchanged at 16.

The daily DPH update includes rates of known infection in each county, expressed as the number of cases per 100,000 residents to make comparison easier. Chatham County’s infection rate on Monday was 3,639 cases per 100,000 residents, while Bryan County’s rate was 3,669 per 100,000 residents and Effingham County’s rate was 3,272 per 100,000 residents.

Coastal Health District COVID-19 testing sites

Free drive-through COVID-19 testing is offered daily on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and every other Saturday (next happening Dec. 12) at the Savannah Civic Center, where walk-ups are welcome for the first hour. Testing at the Civic Center now requires an appointment, which can be made online at covid19.dph.ga.gov or by calling the Coastal Health District COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 912-230-9744. The Call Center is operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Appointments can be made on the day of testing if appointments are available. On Wednesdays, free coronavirus tests are offered at varied Chatham County locations also by appointment; visit covid19.gachd.org for more details.


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