by Robin Kemp
The cities and unincorporated areas of Jonesboro and Riverdale account for more than half the COVID-19 cases in Clayton County, which as of May 21 has lost 42 people to the disease. 1,047 have tested positive to date, while 167 have been hospitalized, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
As of May 20, the Clayton County Board of Health reported the following case counts for each city. People whose city of residence has yet to be confirmed are accounted for under “Missing.”
Here are the state’s general descriptions of the people behind the numbers–our neighbors, friends, relatives, coworkers–who have lost their lives to COVID-19.
If someone you know died of COVID-19, we would like to include a tribute to them on our memorial wall. Just e-mail us a photo, the person’s birth and death dates, and a little information about who they were.
On May 21, Gov. Brian Kemp apologized for ongoing issues with COVID-19 data reporting, attributing the errors to pressure on state health officials to update figures quickly. Beyond accounting for the stray case here or there that may affect local counts, the Georgia Department of Public Health came under fire for including 57,000 antibody tests in the viral test count.