Tuesday April 7th, 2020 9:33PM

COVID-19: Confirmations, deaths continue to grow in Georgia

By Alyson Shields Reporter

New numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Health and Safety show that as of noon Sunday, 23 people have died and 600 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.
That's three more deaths and 45 more confirmed cases since the evening update Saturday.
In Hall County, the number of cases stayed the same at nine. Elsewhere in Northeast Georgia, Gwinnett had the highest number of confirmed cases at 27, followed by Forsyth with 4; Pickens, 2; and Barrow, Dawson, and Lumpkin, with one each.
The highest number in the state is in Fulton County, with 108 confirmed cases.

The 23 people who have died from COVID-19 in Georgia range in age from 42 to 85 and at least 19 of them had underlying conditions, according to Sunday's Georgia Department of Health update.

The three new deaths reported Sunday were in Bartow, Cobb, and Fayette counties, according to state health department numbers. Bartow County had nearly 60 cases.

Robins Air Force Base in central Georgia declared a public health emergency on Saturday after a civilian employee became its first confirmed case. A base news release said people who were potentially affected are being notified, and the emergency status reflects “the moderate disease threat posed by COVID-19 and the risk of exposure to personnel.”

As the spring break season arrives, local governments have closed public beaches at Tybee Island and St. Simons Island on the Georgia coast. Officials have also shut down Jekyll Island, a state park.

The state issues updated reports twice daily at 12 noon and at 7 p.m.

(The Associated Press and AccessWDUN's Ken Stanford contributed to this report.)

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