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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – State and local health officials have released the latest update on COVID-19 cases in Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) updates the numbers at noon and 7 p.m. online every day. News 3 is also working to confirm information on cases between those updates.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 5,444
Deaths linked to coronavirus: 176
Hospitalized: 1,129

In WSAV’s viewing area, five deaths linked to COVID-19 have been confirmed:

  • 65-year-old male; Bryan County resident; underlying medical conditions
  • 80-year-old female; Chatham County resident; underlying health conditions
  • 83-year-old male; Chatham County resident; underlying health conditions
  • 84-year-old female; Chatham County resident; underlying health conditions
  • 77-year-old male; Toombs County resident; underlying medical conditions

News 3 has learned coronavirus is “suspected” in the death of Vidalia Mayor Ronnie Dixon. He was 77. At last check, the Toombs County Coroner said COVID-19 tests for the mayor and his wife had not returned. Read more here.

Locally, 123 cases of the virus have been confirmed:

  • 44 Chatham County residents
  • 21 Glynn County residents
  • 11 Bryan County residents
  • 9 Coffee County residents
  • 7 Liberty County residents
  • 6 Camden County residents
  • 6 Effingham County residents
  • 5 Toombs County residents
  • 4 Bulloch County residents
  • 3 Appling County residents
  • 2 Screven County resident
  • 2 Tattnall County residents
  • 1 Candler County resident
  • 1 Long County resident
  • 1 McIntosh County resident

*For 665 cases and four deaths, the county of residence is not known at this time, according to the public health department.

St. Joseph’s/Candler, Memorial Health and Winn Army Community Hospital have reported at least one COVID-19 patient.

While the Coastal Health District, which covers much of WSAV’s viewing area, noted that the number of cases is important to the public, a spokeswoman urged people “not focus so much on the exact number, but recognize that the virus is here.”

“The coronavirus can spread even without symptoms, so whether an area has two or three or 20 cases, social distancing is important and we all have a responsibility to take precautions,” said Ginger Heidel.

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