The Effingham County Health Department reported 99 new COVID cases from Friday through Sunday.

The cases range in age from younger than 10 years old to 80s. The majority of those who tested positive were in their 40s and younger.

The seven-day test positivity rate for Region 6 was 7.9% through Sept. 11, while Effingham County was 16.5%.

As of Sunday, Region 6 had only 20 intensive care unit beds available with 86% being utilized; the second highest in the state.

The department noted in a press release the region’s ICU bed availability is a warning indicator that our health care services are being stretched.

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