COVID-19 case increase slows locally

Schedule your vaccination at the Seminole County Health Department 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 24, the Georgia Department of Health’s Vaccine Dashboard reported that the Seminole County Health Department has now administered  1,700 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Seminole County residents – administering dose one to 1,057 residents and dose two to 643. 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 25, after reporting no increase for seven straight days, two new positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Seminole County by the Georgia Department of Public Health in the last  24 hours. Thirty-three positive COVID-19 PCR test cases have been reported locally so far in the month of February.

Since the pandemic began last March, Seminole County has been recorded with 710 positive  cases, sixteen 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 181, and now two probable deaths, which the State Health Department is now reporting in its daily update, Seminole County’s positive case numbers explode to 891 positive cases and 18 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 24, since March 2020, there have been 808,416 cases of COVID-19 statewide – and 14,761 deaths reported to state health officials. Since this time last week, the state’s COVID-19 related death total increased 585.

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 182,405 cases, with 2,166 probable deaths. Only antigen test results are used in identifying these cases. 

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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