Statement From Marie Broder

I am extremely grateful to the voters in Fayette, Spalding, Pike, and Upson Counties. Thank you for believing in me, my record, and my plan for the future.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who made calls, sent text messages, put up signs and door hangers, waved signs, and pushed friends to the polls to vote. Thank you to those who believed in me enough to donate to this campaign. The money came from hard working people within Fayette, Spalding, Pike, and Upson Counties and for that I am thankful.

We have hard work ahead of us in my offices. We have hundreds of cases that must be tried, and we stand ready to try them. I have an incredible staff ready to fight for victims across this Circuit. To the voters, with your voice, you have selected a proven prosecutor who is ready to work hard to keep this Circuit safe. I will fight hard to make you proud.

I will be sworn in at 4 pm by the Honorable Scott Ballard at the Spalding County Courthouse on the 3rd floor.

MONTHLY COVID-19 UPDATE FOR JANUARY 2021

From the Georgia Department of Public Health (https://dph.georgia.gov)

Upson and its surrounding counties have seen record numbers of COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations in the month of January.

Upson County reported 405 new cases in January, breaking last month’s record for the highest number of cases in a single month since the beginning of the pandemic. There were 14 new deaths, the highest death toll since April 2020 when a total of 18 people died from COVID-19.

New hospitalizations were at a record high of 24. For Georgia’s Hospital Region F, which includes Upson County, the percentage of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 averaged 22% in December and increased to 37% in January, which is higher than the State’s January average of 31%.

Upson’s average test positivity climbed to a record high of 21% for the month. Upson has remained in the Red Zone for test positivity for the past 2 months.

For the combined area including Upson and its bordering counties, positive cases surpassed 2,000 and topped December’s record for the most cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Meriwether County had the highest number of cases at 419, followed by Upson County at 405. Deaths in January for the combined counties were at an all-time high of 58. Upson County had the highest death toll at 14, followed by Monroe County at 12. Crawford County had the fewest deaths at 3.

All counties in the area remain in the Red Zone for test positivity except Crawford County which has just moved up to the Yellow Zone in the past week. No counties in Georgia have been in the Green Zone since the end of December.

Upson County New Cases New Deaths New Hosp Avg 2-wk
Test Pos
2020
March 1 – 31 5 0
April 1 – 15 134 5
April 16 – 30 77 13 (hi)    
May 1 – 15 41 10
May 16 – 31 24 6
June 1 – 15 14 (lo) 6 1
June 16 – 30 60 3 0 (lo)
July 1 – 15 38 2 5
July 16 – 31 78 (lo) 4
Aug 1 – 15 153 4 9
Aug 16 – 31 37 6 5
Sept 1 – 15 65 4 7
Sept 16 – 30 73 3 7
Oct 1 – 15 29 6 10 6.60%
Oct 16 – 31 16 3 7 4.40%
Nov 1 – 15 35 0 (lo) 1 6.00%
Nov 16 – 30 63 0 (lo) 6 10.90%
Dec 1 – 15 57 0 (lo) 4 11.70%
Dec 16 – 31 189 (hi) 1 8 15.60%
2021
Jan 1 – 15 246 (hi) 2 14 (hi) 23.40%
Jan 16 – 31 162 12 10 18.70%
Source: Daily Reports from GA Department of Public Health
JANUARY 1 – 31, 2021
County New Cases New Deaths Zone
Upson 405 14 Red
Pike 252 4 Red
Lamar 353 6 Red
Monroe 352 12 Red
Crawford 98 3 Yellow
Taylor 95 6 Red
Talbot 89 4 Red
Meriwether 419 9 Red
Source: Daily Reports from GA Dept of Public Health
8-County Area New Cases New Deaths
Mar-20 24 0
Apr-20 405 28
May-20 266 (lo) 26
Jun-20 351 21
Jul-20 864 14
Aug-20 891 53
Sep-20 494 33
Oct-20 353 22
Nov-20 575 12 (lo)
Dec-20 1,464 12 (lo)
Jan-21 2,063 (hi) 58 (hi)
8-County Area = Upson, Pike, Lamar, Monroe,
Crawford, Taylor, Talbot, and Meriwether
Source: Daily Reports from GA Dept of Public Health

THOMASTON’S ZAC AT THE SUPER BOWL

THE  ATLANTA  FALCONS  INVITED   12  YEAR  OLD  TAEDEN  JOHNSON OF  ATHENS  TO  THE  SUPER  BOWL  AND  HE  WAS  ACCOMPIED  BY  HIS  MENTOR,  THOMASTON’S  ZAC  HENDRIX  AND  THEY  VIEWED  THE  GAME  FROM  THE  SUITE OF  FALCONS  OWNER  ARTHUR  BLANK.

TAEDEN  LOST   3  FAMILY  MEMBERS  IN  A  TRAILER  HOME  FIRE,  RECENTLY,  AND  ZAC– HIS  MENTOR  FOR  THE  PAST   5  YEARS  SET  UP A  GOFUNDME   ACCOUNT   FOR  HIM  THAT HAS  RAISED  OVER   $200,000  FOR  HIS  FUTURE.  WE  CONTACTED    ZAC  MONDAY  AT  THE  TAMPA  AIRPORT  WAITING  FOR  A  FLIGHT  OUT  AND  HE  PROMISED  US  AN  INTERVIEW  ABOUT  THEIR  SUPER  BOWL  EXPERIENCE.