So far, 1181 local residents receive vaccine

Schedule your vaccination by calling 229-352-6567

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

As of Wednesday morning, February 10, the Seminole County Health Department has administered  1,181 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Seminole County residents according to Penny Horne, RN, County Nurse Manager at the Seminole County Department of Health. With Phase 1A of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution ongoing, 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, February 10, eighteen new positive cases have been reported locally in the past seven days. Since the pandemic began last March, Seminole County has been recorded with 695 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 179, and one probable death, which the State Health Department is now reporting in its daily update, Seminole County’s positive case numbers explode to 874 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, February 10, since March 2020, there have been 778,049 cases of COVID-19 statewide – out of 6,960,738 people tested – and 13,481 deaths reported to state health officials. Since this time last week, 230,981 additional Georgia residents have been tested, with 22,637 of them testing positive for COVID-19. During that same time period, the state’s COVID-19 related death total increased 709.

These numbers represent confirmed cases only, defined as an individual with a positive molecular test. Only molecular test results, reported through multiple sources, are used by the Georgia Department of Health in identifying confirmed cases. 

As of this week the total reported number of positive antigen test results state wide was 169,367 cases, with 1,820 probable deaths. Only antigen test results are used in identifying these cases. 

The antigen test related probable death number includes individuals who wereantigen positive or individuals with compatible illness and known close contact to a case that were either reported to DPH as deceased by healthcare providers or medical examiners/coroners, identified by death certificates with COVID-19 indicated as the cause of death, or there is evidence that COVID contributed to the individual’s death OR individuals with a death certificate that has COVID-19 indicated as the cause of death and there is no laboratory evidence for SARS-CoV-2.

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 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 taking the vaccine when it  becomes available to you.

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