This electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19.

{UPDATE: The 7 p.m. status update from the Georgia Department of Public Health reported 60 cases of coronavirus infection in Cherokee County, up from the 56 in the midday report.}

As of midday Sunday, Cherokee County had a total of 56 confirmed novel coronavirus infections, up five from Saturday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

DPH publishes the most up-to-date figures twice a day online at: Statewide, a little more than a quarter of people with a novel coronavirus infection have been hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The state publishes updates at noon and 7 p.m. daily.

Government leaders at the state and local levels throughout Cherokee County are encouraging residents to stay at home unless absolutely necessary to keep spread of the potentially deadly virus as low as possible. One person to date has died from the virus in Cherokee County. has, as a community service, made all of its content free of charge during the pandemic.

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