100 deaths. Who we’ve lost in Northwest Georgia: More men than women; 88% white; most age 70 and older; 55% from Bartow County.

100 deaths. Who we’ve lost in Northwest Georgia: More men than women; 88% white; most age 70 and older; 55% from Bartow County.

It started March 18, 2020, as Beth Wells of Rome died at a local hospital. She was 65 and was devoted to The Church at Liberty Square. She would be the first of the coronavirus deaths traced to a March 1 celebration at the Cartersville church for the outgoing choir director. Beth was a member of the choir and many other church groups. Very soon, more would follow, some gravely ill, others dying from a virus few knew much about.

On July 28, Northwest Georgia hit a grim milestone: 100 deaths from Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Polk and Chattooga counties, including Beth Wells. We checked with the state Department of Public Health registry on Tuesday to get a closer look at who these victims were. Very few were publicly identified by family choice as COVID-19 victims. We don’t know many of their individual stories but we have more about who those first 100 victims were.

What we found: More males than females have died from the virus; 88 percent have been White; 22 percent have been 69 or younger, none below mid 50s; and 55 percent have been from Bartow County.

The reports show:

Gender:

  • 54 males.
  • 46 females.

Race:

  • 88 White.
  • 9 Black.
  • 3 other (state definition).

By age:

  • 90 and older: 16.
  • 80 to 89: 26.
  • 70 to 79: 36.
  • 60 to 69: 16.
  • 50 to 59: 6.

By county:

  • Floyd: 15
  • Bartow: 55.
  • Gordon: 23.
  • Polk: 5.
  • Chattooga: 2.

The state report for July 28:

In the lower right side, you’ll see the breakdown on fatalities (3,563 in Georgia since March 5).

  • Average age: 73.4 years.
  • Age range: 17 to 90-plus years.
  • Males: 1,829 (51.3%), females, 1,731 (48.6%); three undetermined?
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