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54 new COVID-19 cases reported locally in past thirteen days

The daily local COVID-19 case count increase is posted on the Donalsonville News Facebook page

A vaccine for the COVID-19 may now be a reality; however, until it is administered wide spread, the continued risk of the virus also remains a grim reality for Seminole County citizens and beyond.

Seminole County’s positive COVID-19 case numbers continue their daily rise, as local medical personnel, first responders, and residents 65 years and older begin the process of receiving the long awaited COVID-19 vaccine.

Fifty-four new positive cases have been reported locally in Seminole County over the past thirteen days. As of presstime on Wednesday, January 13 twelve new cases were reported locally in the past 48 hours, and 41 additional cases have been reported for Seminole County by the Georgia Department of Public Health since this time last week.

Since March of 2020, Seminole County has been recorded with 618 positive cases, twelve of which, sadly, have resulted in Coronavirus related deaths.

As of Wednesday, January 13, since March 2020, there have been 648,694 cases of COVID-19 statewide – out of 6,183,753 people tested – and 10,444 deaths reported to state health officials. Since this time last week, 238,753 additional Georgia residents have been tested, with 51,486 of them testing positive for COVID-19. During that same time period, the state’s weekly increase in the number of COVID-19 related deaths skyrocketed from 254 to 478.

Local medical experts continue to ask everyone to do their part in helping to stop the spread of the virus by practicing the uniform wearing of masks, the physical distancing and the avoiding of congregate settings in crowds, particularly indoors, and get vaccinated when the vaccine becomes available to you. 

The vaccine, experts say, is, “not a substitute for the normal, standard public health measures of wearing a mask, keeping your distance, avoiding congregate crowded sections, and particularly indoors. It’s not a substitute, it complements it.”

Note: The 618 confirmed case number for Seminole County IS NOT a total of the number of ACTIVE local cases, but rather, as stated above, a cumulative total of individuals testing positive in Seminole.

Seminole County Public Health Department director Penny Horne confirms that ALL numbers reported daily on the District and State’s Public Health Department websites  DO NOT include double counted positive cases. Each person is counted only once, even if they have had several positive tests.

The number of active, or recovered cases is not reported by the Georgia State Department of Health, and all numbers are reported under the person’s county of residence.

Keep doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 . . .  

Wear a mask in public. Wash hands regularly and continue to sanitize everything. Stay six feet apart smart, and stay home if you are symptomatic, and get the vaccine when it becomes available to you.

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