CAIRO — Health officials are reporting sizable increases in reported cases of COVID-19 in Grady County, and the Southwest Georgia Public Health District says more than 300 cases of the virus have now been recorded.

At least 328 cases of the virus have been identified in Grady County as of Thursday afternoon, marking an increase of 58 new cases in the past seven days alone. The Southwest Georgia Public Health District had recorded 270 cases of the virus last Friday.

The new data suggests that instances of the virus are seeing a sharp upturn in Grady County, which had already seen an upswing of positive cases over the past month. Data from the Southwest Georgia Public Health Districtshows just shy of 100 new cases of the virus were identified in Grady County during the four-week period from June 19 to July 10, in comparison to 92 cases that have been recorded within the past 14 days alone.

A media representative for Archbold Medical Center said six patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 at Grady General Hospital.

Specimen collection tests will be conducted at the Grady County Health Department every Wednesday and Friday this month from 8 a.m. to noon. Appointments can be made by calling 229-352-6567 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Patients can 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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