by Robin Kemp

Here are the latest figures for COVID-19 by city from the Clayton County Health District:

Clayton County remains one of Georgia’s deadliest for people with COVID-19. As of Sept. 29, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, 162 Clayton County residents have died of COVID-19:

In the past two weeks alone, 261 people (5.9%) who got tested in Clayton County were found to have the disease. That doesn’t mean that people have a 94.1% chance of not having COVID-19. It means that, of those people who took a test in the past two weeks–no matter when they had been exposed and no matter how accurate the test was or was not–came back with positive test results. It’s possible to carry the virus without experiencing any symptoms for the first two to 14 days that you are infected. That’s why health officials urge people to wear masks and stay at least 6 feet apart from each other:

7,090 Clayton County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. That’s a prevalence of 2,326 cases per 100,000 people in a county of about 300,000 residents. 644 people in Clayton County have been hospitalized with COVID-19.

Clayton County is, on the whole, seeing fewer cases in September, according to GDPH. However, more Clayton County residents with COVID-19 are turning up in emergency rooms:

According to GDPH’s survey of long-term care facilities, 32 people have died of COVID-19 in Clayton County personal care and nursing homes. Those people account for nearly 20 percent of Clayton County’s COVID-19 deaths so far. Of the seven facilities in Clayton County that GDPH tracks, all deaths to date centered on three locations: 19 at Lake City, 7 at Jonesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and 6 and Arrowhead Health and Rehabilitation Center:

However, the state’s numbers do not include at least one reported COVID-19 death early on at Governor’s Glen in Forest Park.