COVID-19

Madison County has its first confirmed case of coronavirus.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported one Madison County case in its twice-a-day listing of COVID-19 cases.

Danielsville Baptist Church posted the following statement on Facebook Monday: "Pastor (Robert) Burt has tested positive for COVID-19. Please pray for us all during this time of uncertainty. He is in Piedmont Athens in ICU and on a ventilator. Thank you for your prayers."

The church also posted: "All people within the church have been contacted and know to self quarantine. We are sorry for the scare within the community. The preacher and his wife have not been out in the community in the last week. We ask for prayers for all of the community."

EMA Director Bobby Smith said he has heard of the case from community members, but as of Monday afternoon he nor the county health department had received any official notification from the Department of Public Health, per protocol.

He said he hoped to get some clarification on procedure from a conference with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) later Monday.

In the meantime, 911 Director Brenan Baird said his office is working with Smith to trace those who may have been in contact with Pastor Burt. A March 16 post on the Danielsville Baptist Facebook page included two photos of Burt conducting a foot-washing service.

The state reported 800 cases as of 7 p.m. Monday and 26 deaths. There are now 14 cases in Clarke County. Fifty-nine percent of the cases are among those aged 18 to 59. Thirty-six percent are those over 60. One percent are those 0 to 17.

There have been 5,069 tests conducted statewide, including 3,824 commercially with 631 positives, and 1,245 by the DPH, with 169 positive.

The DPH offers updates each day at noon and 7 p.m. at dph.georgia.gov.

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