Two women in their 80s were added to the Dept. of Public Health’s record as the most recent COVID-19 fatalities last week, bringing Pierce County’s total coronavirus deaths to 12 since March.

An 85-year-old woman was recorded as Pierce County’s 11th COVID-19 death Tuesday, August 25, but her family members have requested she not be identified. Two days later, Thursday, August 27, an 80-year-old female was recorded as the county’s 12th death. Efforts to determine her identity were unsuccessful.

Another 89-year-old female added to the DPH tally early in August remains unidentified.

Pierce County reported an additional 20 positive virus cases last week and three more hospitalizations. For the month of August, Pierce County recorded six deaths, 19 hospitalizations and 141 total cases of the virus. The number of deaths in August alone, exceeded the total number from March, when

the pandemic started, through July combined.

Neighboring Ware County reported a much higher rate of virus spread and fatalities for August than Pierce with 267 COVID-19 cases reported last month and 21 more fatalities bringing Ware County’s virus death total since March to 44. Forty-seven Ware Countians were hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment in August.

Primary care Dr. Brent Waters of Blackshear Family Practice confirmed BFP continued to treat several COVID-19 patients last week, but Waters had no comment regarding potential outbreaks or hot spots in the area.

Friday, Memorial Satilla Health reported 21 COVID-19 positive inpatients seeking treatment.