State confirms first coronavirus-related death in Georgia

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State officials confirmed the first death from the coronavirus in Georgia on Thursday.

The 67-year-old patient was a man who died at WellStar Kennestone hospital. He tested positive on March 7. The governor’s office says the patient also had underlying medical conditions.

“Marty, the girls, and I are praying for the family and loved ones of this individual during this incredibly difficult time,” Gov. Brian Kemp said in a statement.

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“I know the medical professionals on site did everything that they could, and I greatly appreciate their efforts. As our state continues to address this pandemic, I urge Georgians to remain calm and support their neighbors and communities. We are in this fight together,” Kemp added.

There are currently 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia and 19 presumed cases, according to Georgia health officials.

Channel 2′s Richard Elliot reported Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to hold a news conference at 3 p.m. at the state capitol.

Here is a recent break down of all the cases in the state.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases (Total: 12)

  • Fulton County: 3
  • Floyd County: 2
  • Polk County: 1
  • Cobb County: 2
  • Bartow County: 3
  • Lee County: 1

Presumed Positive COVID-19 Cases (Total: 19)

  • Fulton County: 3
  • Cobb County: 6
  • Fayette County: 1
  • DeKalb County: 4
  • Gwinnett County: 2
  • Cherokee County: 1
  • Charlton County: 1