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Number of Georgia coronavirus cases rises to 121

State health officials are now reporting 121 confirmed coronavirus cases in Georgia.

The latest data released Monday from the Georgia Department of Public Health is a 22% increase from Sunday’s confirmed cases, which totaled 99.

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New cases were confirmed in Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Lowndes counties, according to the agency. Of those, Clayton, Cobb and Fulton counties reported the largest increases, with three new cases each in Clayton and Cobb and seven in Fulton.

Forsyth, Hall, Paulding and Troup counties each reported their first case of the coronavirus.

No new deaths were reported.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, causes only mild or moderate symptoms for most people. Older adults and those with existing health problems are at risk of more severe illnesses, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover in a matter of weeks.

In Georgia, one person, a 67-year-old male patient at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, has died as a result of COVID-19, officials said. 

As of Monday, there were 27 cases in Fulton County; 22 in Cobb; 10 in DeKalb; nine in Bartow; seven in Cherokee; six in Dougherty; five each in Fayette, Clayton and Gwinnett; four in Floyd; three each in Clarke and Lowndes; two each in Gordon, Coweta, Lee and Henry; and one each in Troup, Hall, Polk, Paulding, Charlton, Newton and Forsyth.

The counties which saw no increase in cases were DeKalb, Bartow, Dougherty, Fayette, Floyd, Gordon, Coweta, Lee, Polk, Charlton and Newton.

The Department of Public Health announced Friday it would stop keeping an immediate tally of cases, opting instead to update its website with the latest figures each day at noon.

On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set guidelines that meetings of more than 50 people should cease, but President Donald Trump and his task force decreased that number Monday afternoon. Trump advised the nation to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

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