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HAWKINSVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading around Middle Georgia, even to the more rural counties.
Pulaski County has 6 positive COVID-19 cases, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s 7 p.m. update on Friday, April 3. Most patients, including a man named Sherry Berryhill, are receiving treatment at Taylor Regional Hospital.
Berryhill attends Broad Street Baptist Church and works for the Pulaski County School System.
Middle Georgians have been rallying to support COVID-19 patients in their communities by making masks, bows and all kinds of things.
One Hawkinsville woman says although she can’t sew, she was able to use her talents to help elsewhere.
Lisa Bragg began making magnets to honor her friend Shelly. She said she wants the community to rally around all of the coronavirus patients.
“I can’t sew, so I can’t make masks to help,” Bragg said. “And the only kinds of bows I can make are the ones you put on a present that has the wire already in them. So I said, ‘Okay, Lord I want to help the community. I want to do something, what can I do to help?’ I have a silhouette Cricut cutter with vinyl, and I thought, ‘Well I can make magnets.'”
Bragg says she wanted to do something that would really stick with people. She wanted people to think about the COVID-19 patients all of the time.
“The reason I did a magnet is that if we’re all stuck at home, we’re all going to be eating and drinking a lot more,” she said. “If you put this on your refrigerator, all you have to do every time you see it is: ‘Please Lord help us.'”
The free magnets can be picked up at the Hawkinsville-Pulaski Chamber of Commerce. They are in a small brown bag that is hanging from the front door of the building.
Bragg is continuing to make magnets to remind those around her to pray for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. She says she wants people to continue praying for Shelly Berryhill as well as anyone else impacted by COVID-19.