Savannah leaders holding emergency meeting Monday about COVID-19 spike

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The Savannah City Council is holding an emergency meeting at 1 p.m. Monday about the rise of coronavirus cases in Chatham County.

City leaders are set to hear from Coastal Health District officials, according to WTOC. Viewers can watch the meeting on the city's Facebook page.

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Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said he wants to know what else can be done to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We’re very clear about where we were and where we are now,” Johnson said last week. “The numbers speak for themselves. So there are some legal maneuvers that we can take. And so, we’ll continue to have conversations with our city attorney, and should the need arise, there are some things that we can do.”

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More young people throughout the South are reportedly testing positive for the coronavirus, as states reopen bars, restaurants and other popular locales with lessening social distancing requirements.

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During the last two weeks, Alabama had the second-highest number of new cases per capita in the nation. South Carolina was fourth. Louisiana and Mississippi were also in the top 10.

As of Monday morning, Alabama had more than 30,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with more than a quarter of the cases reported in the last two weeks.

In Florida, where health experts are predicting will be the virus’ next epicenter, Gov. Ron DeSantis said the median age was 37 for newly diagnosed coronavirus cases during the last week. In the state, 62% of new cases for the week of June 7 were under 45 years old, he said.