Coffee County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director James Brown gave the Coffee County Commission some much-needed good news in regards to COVID-19 at the Aug. 10 meeting.

After weeks of cases and hospitalizations continuously rising in Coffee County, the past two weeks have started to flatten. While Brown said that it doesn’t mean the county is out of the water yet, it is a positive sign.

“I hesitate to call these things trends but we are kind of in a downward trend the last two weeks,” Brown said. “I can’t really tell you for sure what the reason is but I think it’s because we’re wearing our masks and we encourage everyone to keep wearing your masks. I think it’s making a difference.”

According to Brown, Coffee County now has 761 confirmed cumulative cases since the outbreak began – as of Aug. 10 – but the numbers have decreased from nearly 20 new cases per day two weeks ago to eight new cases per day currently. Coffee County also currently has 97 residents on quarantine compared to 161 two weeks ago.

“That is a significant drop from where we were before,” Brown said. “We like to see those numbers keep coming down.”

Brown was also encouraged that hospital beds and ICUs have also seen a decrease.

“The hospitals are looking better and our ICUs are looking better,” Brown said. “Our medical surgical beds are also looking much better right now. We’re feeling better and hopefully we can keep that trend going.”

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