A North Georgia YMCA camp was responsible for a COVID-19 outbreak in June and a new report released yesterday by the CDC now says it affected as many as 260 people. That figure more than tripled since an earlier report released a few weeks ago. This was one of the largest super-spreading events in the state, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In an AJC report published on July 5th, The Georgia Department of Public Health saw an increase of COVID-19 cases in staff and children who had recently attended the YMCA camp. There were a reported 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at YMCA camps at Lake Burton and Lake Allatoona. As of July 10, about 85 cases were linked to the location in Lake Burton.
The newest numbers released by the Georgia Department of Public Health show Habersham County has 1,026 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 48 virus-related deaths. White County has 299 confirmed cases and 5 deaths.
Elsewhere in Northeast Georgia: Hall County has 5,482 cases with 79 deaths, Lumpkin County 301 confirmed cases with 6 deaths, Union County 205 cases and 6 deaths, and Towns County 111 cases with one virus-related death.
Officials remind everyone to practice social distancing, washing your hands often, and wearing a face mask when out in public in order to help slow the spread of the virus.