Pulaski County resident rallying support for area COVID-19 patients

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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.

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Peyton Lewis is a 20-year-old reporter from Stockbridge, Georgia. She graduated in December of 2019 with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. She found a love for reporting after receiving a video camera for her 8th birthday. She and her friends would make mock newscasts in her backyard other creative content. Peyton's love for writing and creating videos pushed her to pursue journalism. In order to kick-start her dream of being a reporter, she left the traditional high school experience at the age of 16 to attend Gordon State College as a full-time student. She graduated with her Associate's degree two weeks before graduating from high school. Previously, Peyton worked as a news intern for 11 Alive in Atlanta, a radio intern for the Joy FM, and a reporter/ technical manager for Grady Newsource. Peyton dreams to become an investigative reporter that leaves a lasting impact on the world around her. She loves Disney, dogs, spicy food, musicals, and her family. Peyton also enjoys reading, watching movies, cheering on the Dawgs, and going on new adventures.