by Robin Kemp

At least 8,946 Clayton County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Clayton County Health District. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, at least 187 Clayton County residents are known to have died of COVID-19.

Here are the latest counts by city:

Of the seven municipalities and their unincorporated areas, Jonesboro continues to lead the county with 2,834 cases. Riverdale has had 1,943; Forest Park has had 981; Morrow has had 923; Hampton has has 321; Lake City has had 77; and Lovejoy has had 29.

Other cities include Rex, 567; Ellenwood, 511; Atlanta, 225; Conley, 195; College Park, 147; Stockbridge, 103; and Fayetteville, 39. Another 33 cases were listed as missing the patient’s hometown information and 14 were listed as “other.”

Here’s what the Georgia Department of Public Health is reporting for Clayton County as of Nov. 12:

Source: https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

634 new cases have been reported in Clayton County in the past two weeks. That’s a prevalence of 208 cases per 100,000 residents. Clayton has joined other metro Atlanta counties in the “red zone” on GDPH’s map:

Clayton joins Dekalb, Fulton, Cobb, Henry, Gwinnett, and Hall Counties as one of Georgia’s counties with the most COVID-19 deaths reported. At least 187 Clayton County residents were known to have died of COVID-19 as of Nov. 12, 2020.

Clayton County Public Schools announced that it has added a COVID-19 dashboard to its website. CCPS said “Based upon guidance and date provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Clayton County Board of Health our COVID Response Team will report COVID-19 data on the CCPS website on a weekly basis. The dashboard will provide data at the state, county, and school district levels.”

CCPS Superintendent Dr. Morcease Beasley warned this week that online learning may continue into 2021 due to the pandemic.

The Clayton Crescent got an error message Friday morning saying that it was “unauthorized” to view the dashboard. Check the link for any changes.

Clayton County has a dashboard on its website at https://www.claytoncountyga.gov/residents/coronavirus-education-information that pulls the state GDPH numbers.

The Clayton Crescent is the only local news organization to have published Clayton County-specific COVID-19 numbers since the pandemic began.

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