4 new COVID-19 related deaths reported in Stephens County

The Georgia Department of Public Health is now reporting four more deaths in Stephens County due to COVID-19, in total there has been 10 deaths and 506 cases of COVID-19.

The Department of Public Health is reporting that Habersham County has 48 fatalities due to the virus and 983 positive cases of the virus.

Locally, Stephens County Hospital and its facilities have tested 4,070 individuals for the virus.

Of those, 772 tests have come back positive with 609 patients receiving positive results, 3,254 received negative results, and 44 individuals are still awaiting their results.

Stephens County Hospital Chief Executive Officer Mike Hester says the hospital currently has six patients hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and six others awaiting results.

Hester adds that WorkWell Occupational Medicine and Immediate Care Clinic does have testing capabilities for patients suspected of having COVID-19. He says testing is done by appointment and only following assessment by a medical provider of that clinic.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and wish to be assessed at WorkWell, please call 706-282-5815.

In other neighboring counties, Franklin County has had 339 cases and four deaths, Banks County has a total of 223 cases and three deaths, Rabun County has 172 cases and three deaths, and Hart County has 230 cases and one death.

Across the state of Georgia, the Department of Public Health is reporting a total of 178,323 cases, of those, 17,964 have been hospitalized and 3,642 have died from complications of the virus.