Slight increase in Area COVID-19 Numbers

There has been a slight increase in area COVID-19 numbers.  The Georgia Department of Public Health is now reporting 41 COVID-19-related deaths in Rabun County with 1,531 residents testing positive for the virus since the beginning of the global pandemic.  In neighboring counties, Habersham County lists 153 deaths and 4,644 cases, White County reports 67 fatalities and 2,974 cases, and Towns County has had 43 deaths and 1,100 cases.  According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, there have been a total of 881,498 positive cases of the virus across the state, of those, 61,672 have been hospitalized and the total death count due to complications of the virus has now risen to 17,578.