McDONOUGH – Henry County officials are working on a plan to increase the county’s store of personal protective equipment devices.

Don Ash, Henry County’s emergency management director, gave an update on the COVID-19 pandemic to the Henry County Board of Commissioners at its meeting on Tuesday. During that meeting, Ash provided the number of coronavirus cases, coronavirus deaths and how many are hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Georgia and the county.

As of last Tuesday, there were 27 Ellenwood residents in Henry County with COVID-19, 120 in Hampton, 379 in McDonough, four with Jonesboro mailing addresses, nine in Locust Grove, 199 in Stockbridge and four with Rex mailing addresses.

Ash told the Board of Commissioners that the county’s emergency management personnel as well as leadership teams have attained PPE equipment.

“We were able to acquire reusable cloth masks and we have deployed those out to critical stakeholders in the community that include the school system, private schools, our water authority, all government and court services and nursing facilities.”

Ash also said the county is working on a plan to continue to increase its equipment inventory, as well as discussing the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 that could impact the community in September.

“We are being proactive as we seek out these needed resources not only through our Public Health partners, but our private vendors as well,” Ash said.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, there have been 65,928 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning, with 2,648 deaths, 9,953 hospitalizations and 2,155 admissions to the intensive care unit.

In Henry County, there have been 964 confirmed cases, 103 hospitalizations and 31 deaths as of Tuesday morning.

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A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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