More than 400 receive vaccination locally as positive case numbers continue to increase

Schedule your vaccination by calling 229-352-6567

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

With Phase 1A of the COVID-19 Vaccine distribution ongoing, on Monday the Seminole County Health Department reported more that 400 doses have been administered locally –  approximately 150 doses to healthcare workers and first responders and more than 250 doses to local residents 65 years of age and older. “We will start administering second doses this week to those who have already received the first round of the vaccination,” commented Penny Horne of the Seminole County Health Department. Residents meeting the phase 1A requirements, healthcare workers, first responders and residents 65 years and older must have an appointment to receive the vaccination.  Appointments can be made by calling 229-352-6567.

The vaccine for COVID-19 is now a reality; however, until it is administered wide spread, it is projected that Seminole County’s positive COVID-19 case numbers will continue their daily rise.

As of presstime on Wednesday, January 20, eighty-nine new cases have been reported locally by the Georgia Department of Public Health in the month of January. Thirty-six new cases, and one additional death have been reported locally since this time last week.

Since March of 2020, Seminole County has been recorded with 653 positive cases, thirteen of which, sadly, have resulted in Coronavirus related deaths.

As of Wednesday, January 20, since March 2020, there have been 689,676 cases of COVID-19 statewide – out of 6,447,148 people tested – and 11,265 deaths reported to state health officials. Since this time last week, 263,395 additional Georgia residents have been tested, with 40,982 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 again and almost double rising from 478 to 821.

Local medical experts continue to implore 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 653 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. Get vaccinated when the vaccine becomes available to you. Wash hands regularly and continue to sanitize everything. Stay six feet apart smart, and stay home if you are symptomatic, and schedule to get the vaccine when it becomes available to you.

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