Thursday, October 01, 2020

Ormes, Parker Provide Written Responses To Question From Board Of Education Virtuall Candidate Forum

***Ormes Called For Mask Mandate In Schools***

Laura Ormes joined two of the three other candidates for Board of Education Posts 4 and 5 in calling for a mask mandate at Oconee County Schools.

Only incumbent Post 4 Board Member Tim Burgess, Ormes’ opponent in the Nov. 3 election, opposes the mandate. Mask wearing is encouraged but not required under current school policy.

Ormes also said Board members should respond to citizens who write to them, something Joan Parker also said, but neither Burgess nor Michael Ransom did.

Two COVID-19 Deaths In Elbert County Push Up Seven-Day Rolling Average Of Added Deaths From Disease In Northeast Health District

***Oconee Average Molecular Test Positivity Rate 7.9 Percent***

With the addition of two deaths from COVID-19 in the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report on Thursday, the Northeast Health District saw continued increases in the seven-day rolling average of added deaths.

The two deaths were in Elbert County. One was a 72-year-old male without a known chronic condition, and the other was of an 88-year-old female with a chronic condition.