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State health officials report first COVID-19 death in Forsyth County
The number of infections in Georgia topped 1,000 on Tuesday with 38 deaths statewide
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Forsyth County's first death related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, was reported Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The individual was an 88-year-old male, according to the department, one of 38 people in Georgia who have died since the coronavirus outbreak. 

It's unknown whether the individual had any underlying medical conditions, according to department records. The DPH could provide no further information.

Forsyth County had eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 by the end of Tuesday during a day in which the number of infections in Georgia topped 1,000.

While the Georgia Department of Public Health reported a total of 800 total cases in Georgia at 7 p.m. on Monday, that number grew to 1,097 by the same time Tuesday. The department is updating totals at noon and 7 p.m. daily.

Nearly three-quarters of counties in Georgia now have a confirmed case of COVID-19, led by Fulton with 191 known cases. A total of 79 cases are still listed in unknown counties by the GDPH.

This story originally appeared on forsythnews.com.