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New COVID-19 cases, deaths lower in Georgia, Augusta and South Carolina



Georgia added 725 new cases to reach 869,590 with 27 new deaths for 17,241, the Department of Public Health reported.

Richmond County had 22 new cases for 19,616 total and was the only area county to see a double-digit increase. Other area counties saw four new cases or less: four in Columbia for 10,929, two in Burke for 1,756, one in McDuffie for 1,642, and one in Warren for 371. All other area counties were unchanged: Jefferson at 1,573, Screven at 808, Jenkins at 723, Wilkes at 668, Lincoln at 506, Glascock at 144 and Taliaferro at 100.

Richmond County suffered a new death for 404 total, raising the area’s toll to 1,029.

Georgia Public Health got the results of 11,007 new tests, of which 6.59% were positive, well below the overall rate of 10.08%, which was unchanged, according to an analysis by the Augusta Chronicle. The seven-day average rose from 961.14 to 981.43, the analysis showed.

Georgia had administered 5,361,189 of the 6,234,695 doses it had received as of Monday, or 85.99%, Chronicle analysis found. The state was averaging 50,131 shots a day through Monday, the analysis showed.

University Hospital had 11 COVID-19 inpatients, three fewer than last week, after discharging five patients and admitting two over the weekend, spokeswoman Rebecca Sylvester said.

Augusta University rose four to 17 patients being treated in the hospital, and added 14 new positive tests, spokeswoman Christen Engel said.

Doctors Hospital of Augusta gained three to also have 11 patients in the hospital and added three more cases for 791 total, spokesman Kaden Jacobs said.

Aiken Regional Medical Centers had 11 patients being treated in the hospital and has seen 1,316 cases, 77 more than its last report in early March, spokeswoman Ashlee Brewer said.

Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta saw four more cases for 1,854, including 23 active cases among 20 veterans and three employees, and had one new death for 90 total, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Augusta VA has fully vaccinated 16,342 between 14,506 veterans, 1,835 employees and one person from Fort Gordon.

South Carolina added 522 cases to reach 476,123 with 13 new deaths for 8,235, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported.

Aiken County saw seven new cases for 12,686 and Edgefield County had four more for 2,537. Neither county saw a new death so they remained at 176 and 29 respectively.

The state got the results of 18,458 tests, of which 2.83% were positive, less than half the overall rate of 6.63%, which dropped slightly, Chronicle analysis found. The seven-day average for new cases rose, however, from 535 to 545, according to the analysis.