CAIRO — Cases of COVID-19 are continuing to surge in Grady County, and health officials are reporting that more than 200 instances of the virus have been identified as of Thursday morning.

More than 30 new cases of the novel coronavirus have been detected in the county in just the past week, according to Health Department director Michelle Thornton — more than double of what the county had detected the previous week.

A total of 206 cases of the virus have been identified as of Thursday morning, compared to 173 last Friday. At least five individuals are known to have died of the virus.

County officials have shut down recreational baseball and softball activities that were scheduled at Barber Park. County Administrator Buddy Johnson said the county continues to encourage residents to follow state health guidelines.

July dates for specimen collection services in Grady County have yet to be announced, and the Southwest Georgia Public Health District will not conduct any tests over the Independence Day weekend.

Appointments for specimen collection tests can be made by calling (229) 352-6567 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday or between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Patients also can now visit covid19.dph.ga.gov and select “Take the Screening Questionnaire” to begin the application process.

Visit southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org to see the full testing schedule for all southwest Georgia counties.

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