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Long Co. man dies from pandemic
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The Georgia Department of Public Health last week announced the death of a Long County resident from complications of COVID-19. 

The individual was a 75-year-old male who had underlying medical conditions. This is the first confirmed COVID-19 related death in Long County, where there have been 12 confirmed cases of the illness.

Health officials have predicted numbers will increase as more people are tested. Though the state has begun to allow businesses and churches to reopen – albeit under certain pandemic related restrictions – Georgia remains under a state of public health emergency until June 12, and the elderly and medically fragile remain under a shelter in place order until then as well. 

Locally, free testing is being conducted in Long County  every Thursday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Smiley Elementary School located at 1530 Georgia Hwy. 57 in Ludowici, according to the Coastal Health District. 

The CHD is also providing the same service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays in Liberty County at the Shuman Gym parking lot.

Diversity Health Center is also offering free testing at its centers at 303 Fraser Drive in Hinesville and 213 N. McDonald Street in Ludowici from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday according to its website. 

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