DUBLIN, Ga. — Editor's Note: The story has been updated to reflect the Irish Balloon Fest and Car Show have now been canceled.
Dublin announced Thursday that all St. Patrick’s Festival festivities have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.
According to a post on the festival’s Facebook page, all events scheduled to take place after Saturday, March 14, have been called off. That includes popular events like the parade and pancake supper.
Hours later, the organizers of the Irish Balloon Fest decided to cancel their event in solidarity with local government.
The release concludes by saying, “We deeply regret the inconvenience and disappointment this may cause our always supportive community, but appreciate the commitment in our efforts to best protect our area.”
In a news release from the Georgia Department of Public Health, there is a combined total of 31 confirmed and presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in the state.
The DPH is reminding residents that elderly people and individuals with chronic medical conditions may have increased risk for COVID-19.
All Georgians should follow basic prevention measures like washing your hands and staying home when you're sick.
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