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Progress made in containing COVID-19 spread in long-term care facilities, data shows

As of Wednesday, cases connected to long-term care facilities accounted for around 4% of new reports of the virus. That's down from 13% in May.

ATLANTA — Georgia is seeing progress when it comes to containing COVID-19 among the state's most vulnerable residents.

It has been nearly one month after Gov. Brian Kemp relaxed regulations on long-term care facilities.

We're seeing progress in controlling cases in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. As of Wednesday, cases connected to long-term care facilities accounted for around 4% of new reports of the virus. That's down from 13% in May. The graph below shows the progression.

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Percent of COVID-19 cases connected to long-term care facilities.

While cases are down, the number of lives lost from the virus remains high. The state reported 36 more deaths on Thursday, according to the latest-available state data and pictured in the graph below.

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COVID-19 deaths in Georgia as of Oct. 8, 2020

Over the course of the pandemic, the state reports that nearly 7,300 Georgians have did from COVID-19. People older than 60 years account for 94% of those who did not survive.

11Alive is focusing our news coverage on the facts and not the fear around the virus. We want to keep you informed about the latest developments while ensuring that we deliver confirmed, factual information.

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