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COVID-19 positive case increase slows

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It has been a little over one year since the first positive COVID-19 case was reported in Seminole County and only a few weeks later that  the first two deaths were re­ported. The first positive test result was discovered March 25, 2020 and reported in the March 26, 2020 issue  of the Donalsonville News, just days after state and local governing officials had de­clared  a joint state of emer­gency  connected  to COVID-19.

As the graphic accompanying this article shows, since March of 2020, the number of local positive cases reported fell below double digits only twice in March and June of 2020. Ten of the months reported double digit increases, and two months, August 2020 and January 2021, reported triple digit increases.

Thankfully, with the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine, the wearing of masks and social distancing efforts, the positive case daily increase has lessened considerably since January.

With all Georgia residents sixteen and older now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the Georgia Department of Health’s Vaccine Dashboard reported on Wednesday morning, April 7, that the Seminole County Health Department has now administered 3,368 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Seminole County residents – administering dose one to 1,940 residents and dose two to 1,517. 

As of presstime on Wednesday, April 7 seven new positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Seminole County by the Georgia Department of Public Health in the past seven days. Ten new cases have been reported locally so far in the month of April. Since the pandemic began in March of 2020, Seminole County has been recorded with 735 positive cases, seventeen of which, sadly, have resulted in Coronavirus related deaths. 

As of Wednesday, April 7 since March of 2020, there have been 857,307 cases of COVID-19 statewide – and 16,533 deaths reported to state health officials. Since this time last week, 6,001 new cases have been reported and the state’s COVID-19 related death total increased 228.

Those numbers are based on positive results from a Molecular Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and represent confirmed cases only. 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. The nose swab PCR test for COVID-19 is the most accurate and reliable test.

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