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A second case of the coronavirus was confirmed Saturday afternoon in Whitfield County at the Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia. 

Daryl Cole, spokesman with the Dalton-based Hamilton Health Care System, said the patient is recovering at home and following quarantine guidelines. 

"For now, the statement we are providing is all we are able to release at this time," Cole said in an email.

Cole added the second case is unrelated to the first case that was confirmed on March 17. 

"There is no evidence of shared exposure between the two cases," Cole said.  

(READ MORE: These are the Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama COVID-19 cases by county)

The second case did not show up in the statewide release at noon when the Georgia Department of Public Health announced there were 507 total confirmed cases of COVID-19. The second Whitfield County case is expected to show up on the 7 p.m. update. 

For each confirmed case, the Hamilton Health Care System has been able to announce the positive test before the state released the numbers. Cole said that may not be the case in the near future as Whitfield County and other counties in the state will soon see numbers drastically increase as test results come back. 

"We are doing so now to prepare the public that this is what is to expect," he said. "It is imperative that everyone follow social distancing guidelines and other precautions such as good hand hygiene."

Contact Patrick Filbin at pfilbin@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickFilbin.

 

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