NOTE: Updated as of Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.
JONESBORO—The top question about which our readers want an answer from Clayton County leaders is a city-by-city accounting of the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19.
We have requested that information from county officials and will report back what they say.
Meanwhile, here is what we know about which cities have reported cases, going backwards in time so that the most current information appears first.
We will add information from official sources only—for example, from elected officials, the Clayton County Emergency Management Agency, the Clayton County Board of Health or the Georgia Department of Health.
We will not add rumors or anecdotal information from unofficial sources.
On Monday, April 6, Dr. Olugbenga Obasanjo said he would share a city-by-city count with the News after he gets those numbers late Monday afternoon.
• As of 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4, a total of 12 people in Forest Park (incorporated and unincorporated) had tested positive for COVID-19 and none had died, according to Mayor Angelyne Butler.
• In her weekly e-blast newsletter, Clayton County District 1 Commissioner Sonna Singleton Gregory noted the passing of Joseph Lamar Bloodworth, 82, of Rex, from pneumonia brought on by COVID-19, "after battling and beating cancer twice." Bloodworth "was the unofficial leader of the community garden at the Rhodenizer Recreation Center."
• On April 1, during a special called meeting, Mayor Joy Day announced that one person in Jonesboro had COVID-19. City Manger Ricky Clark said the person had tested positive earlier in the week. Day, Clark, and the council expressed their wishes for that person's full recovery.
• As of Friday, March 27, according to Forest Park Councilwoman Kimberly James during the City Council's March 30 special called meeting, a conference call between city and county leaders revealed that four people in Forest Park had tested positive as of Friday, March 27.
• As of Thursday, March 28, according to activist and Board of Commissioners District 2 candidate Robb Leatherwood, these numbers for cities in Clayton County were announced during a conference call with members of the Clayton County legislative delegation. The News was not on that call.
Forest Park: 4
These figures apparently include unincorporated areas of cities and have changed since press time.
If you have information from an official source about the number of people in a city or in unincorporated Clayton County who have tested positive for the virus, please let us know.
Check the latest Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 case update at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report