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Local new positive rate of virus continues to decrease

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After fifteen days of no new positive COVID-19 cases being reported in Seminole County, as of presstime on Wednesday, March 17 two new cases have now been reported locally by the Georgia Department of Public Health in the last 72 hours. So far in the month of March, 2021, only three new cases have been reported locally, and Seminole County has moved into the state’s low or no new case spread category.

As of Wednesday morning, March 17, the Georgia Department of Health’s Vaccine Dashboard reported that the Seminole County Health Department has now administered 2,244 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Seminole County residents – administering dose one to 1,257 residents and dose two to 987. 

Since the pandemic began last March, Seminole County has been recorded with 717 positive cases, seventeen 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 187, and one probable death, which the State Health Department is now reporting in its daily update, Seminole County’s positive case numbers increase to 904 positive cases and 18 deaths since March of 2020.

As of Wednesday, March 17, since March of 2020, there have been 837,443 cases of COVID-19 statewide – and 15,928 deaths reported to state health officials. Since this time last week, 7,329 new cases have been reported and the state’s COVID-19 related death total increased 281.

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. 

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.

As of this week the total reported number of positive antigen test results state wide was 199,063 cases, with 2,359 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. 

Keep doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask in public, washing hands, staying socially distanced, staying home if you are symptomatic, and taking the vaccine when it  is available.

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