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Courtesy photo / Kathy and Allan Bradford

Allan Bradford, Dade County Commissioner, has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19. He was 72.

"It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Commissioner Allan Bradford," Carey Anderson, the deputy county clerk in Dade County, Georgia, said in a news release. "We were notified by the family and will be sharing funeral arrangements as they become available. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bradford family during this time."

Bradford had been battling the virus in the hospital since mid-February.

A Facebook group run by Bradford's family members had been updating his status on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. Bradford had ups and downs while in the hospital since testing positive. On Monday the family posted that Bradford had been improving but not as quickly as they would have liked.

Bradford's battle with COVID-19 comes just a month after Commission Chairman Ted Rumley and his wife, Diane, tested positive. Both were able to recover at home after mild symptoms.

In November, Whitfield County Commissioner Roger Crossen died after being hospitalized with COVID-19.

This is a developing story. Contact Patrick Filbin at pfilbin@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickFilbin.

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