COVID-19 Phase 1A vaccinations continue at Health Department

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 continuing this past week, the Seminole County Health Department reported more than 300  additional doses of the vaccine have been administered locally. As of Tuesday, January 26, a total of 706 doses have been administered in Seminole County – 538 to residents 65 years of age and older and 186 doses to local healthcare workers and first responders.

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.

Until quantities of the vaccine are available for all citizens, local health authorities continue to implore everyone to continue with the COVID-19 safety precautions.

As of presstime on Wednesday, January 27, 107 positive cases, and two additional deaths have been reported locally by the Georgia Department of Public Health in the month of January – the largest increase in any one month since the pandemic began.

Since March of 2020, Seminole County has been recorded with 671 positive  cases, fourteen of which, sadly, have resulted in Coronavirus related deaths. Those numbers are based on positive results from a Molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

If you add in the local positive antigen test number of 170, and one probable death, which the State Health Department is now reporting in its daily update, Seminole County’s positive case numbers explode to 841 positive cases and 15 deaths since March of 2020.

Molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and antigen tests are used to diagnose COVID-19, meaning that they look to see if someone is currently infected with COVID-19. Each test looks for something different to determine if someone is infected. A molecular (PCR) test looks for the virus’s genetic material. An antigen test is a rapid test that looks for specific proteins on the surface of the virus. Where the test is processed may also differ. Molecular (PCR) tests are processed in a laboratory. Antigen tests are often processed at the point of care, such as in a health care provider’s office.

The nose swab PCR test for COVID-19 is the most accurate and reliable test for diagnosing COVID-19. 

As of Wednesday, January 27, since March 2020, there have been 727,752 cases of COVID-19 statewide – out of 6,745,496 people tested – and 11,966 deaths reported to state health officials. Since this time last week, 298,348 additional Georgia residents have been tested, with 38,076 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 was 731.

As of January 25, the daily average of new COVID-19 cases in Seminole County numbered 77 cases per 100,000 residents. In comparison, the daily average in Georgia was 69 cases per 100,000 and in the United States was 53 cases per 100,000.

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 671 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 by wearing a mask in public, washing hands regularly, staying six feet apart smart, staying home if you are symptomatic, and scheduleing ae vaccine appointment.

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