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Southwest Georgia hard-hit as virus cases and deaths rise

ATLANTA (AP) — Cases of the new coronavirus in Georgia continue to climb as the death toll in the state rose to 14 from 10 a day earlier. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 jumped to 485 on Friday evening, up from the 287 cases the state was reporting on Thursday. At least two Georgia counties ordered all residents to stay home except for essential trips. Although the largest overall numbers of cases continued to be in metro Atlanta counties, the largest number of cases per capita are in Bartow County northwest of Atlanta and Dougherty County in southwest Georgia.

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