Clayton County: 244 positive, 9 dead; Board of Health to release numbers by city late Monday, April 6

Dr. Olugbenga Obasanjo, Clayton County Board of Health interim district health director

ATLANTA—The Georgia Department of Public Health's COVID-19 update for noon on Monday, April 6 says 244 people have tested positive and nine have died thus far in Clayton County. The figures are based on patients' county of residence.

Also Monday, Clayton County Health Director Dr. Olugbenga Obusanjo told the News that he would release a city-by-city count late this afternoon as soon as he gets those figures. 

It is not known how many people are infected who have not been tested or who do not show any symptoms. It also is not known how many people who have had the disease have recovered from it, again because not everyone who has had COVID-19 has been tested.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said it takes two days to two weeks for someone carrying the virus to start experiencing symptoms.

Based on existing figures, Georgians have about a one in five chance of being hospitalized if they catch COVID-19. About three of every 100 Georgians who contract COVID-19 will die from it.

According to GDPH, Clayton County's dead include:

• a 47-year-old man with underlying health issues

• a 69-year-old man with underlying health issues

• a 67-year-old man

• a 49-year old woman

• a 64-year-old man

• a 50-year-old man

• an 83-year-old woman with underlying health conditions

• an 82-year-old man with underlying health conditions

• an 84-year-old man

Here are the counts for neighboring counties:

Fulton: 1,027 positive, 28 dead

DeKalb: 579 positive, 10 dead

Henry: 178 positive, 3 dead

Fayette: 74 positive, 4 dead

Spalding: 41 positive, 2 dead

Each person who is infected has the potential to infect every other person they come in contact with. People without symptoms can spread the disease to others close by through droplets they give off when they cough, sneeze or talk.

That's why Gov. Brian Kemp issued a statewide shelter-in-place order that went into effect at 6 p.m. Friday. While people can still leave home to tend to essential activities like grocery shopping or going to the doctor, they cannot congregate in groups in public or private, they must obey the 6-foot social distancing rule and they must wash hands and sanitize work areas frequently if their business is deemed essential during the crisis.

The Clayton County Sheriff's Office and Clayton County Police Department are authorized to enforce the governor's order.

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