Cobb health director: Avoid large crowds during Fourth of July weekend

April 28, 2020 Gainesville - A medical professional collects a nasal swab from a potential COVID-19 patient who just walked in at a drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Good News Clinic in Gainesville on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Northeast Georgia Health System partnered with Good News Clinic tested over 300 Hall County adults and children for COVID-19. Cars stretched in lines around the Good News Clinic. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)
April 28, 2020 Gainesville - A medical professional collects a nasal swab from a potential COVID-19 patient who just walked in at a drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Good News Clinic in Gainesville on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Northeast Georgia Health System partnered with Good News Clinic tested over 300 Hall County adults and children for COVID-19. Cars stretched in lines around the Good News Clinic. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, Cobb County’s public health director is urging residents to continue taking precautions to help thwart the spread of the virus.

Dr. Janet Memark, district health director for Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department, said the agency has seen a “significant rise” in the number of cases in both counties.

As of Tuesday, Cobb County reported 4,877 COVID-19 cases and 243 deaths, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health's daily status report.


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Compared to the end of May, Cobb reported 3,221 cases and 209 deaths, the state health department’s numbers show. The total number of hospitalizations in the county stands at 853.

Dr. Memark wants residents to avoid large, in-person gatherings and non-essential trips, particularly during the upcoming three-day holiday weekend.


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She also said her previous advice to the public remains the same: wear masks or face coverings, practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick.

“Following these simple actions will help to keep our communities as safe and healthy as possible,” she said.


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