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Vaccinations encouraged in light of rise in cases

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Southwest Georgia and across the country, public health officials at Southwest Health District 8-2 strongly urge those who are unvaccinated to make plans to get their shot(s) now. 

In Seminole County, as of Monday, August 2nd, 5,595 doses of the vaccine have been administered. 35% of the county’s population has received at least one dose, and again this week, only 32% of the population is fully vaccinated. 

As of Wednesday, August 4, nineteen new Seminole County cases of COVID-19 have been reported by the Georgia Department of Health in the last seven days. Since the pandemic began in March of 2020 Seminole County has now been recorded with a total of 794 positive COVID-19 cases and 18 related deaths. 

The CDC this week released its latest recommendations, including having fully vaccinated people wear masks while indoors in public places in areas of substantial or high transmission of COVID. Fully vaccinated people who are exposed to COVID are recommended to test in three to five days. The CDC also recommends universal masking at schools.

“It is believed that the Delta variant is highly prevalent throughout Georgia,” says Charles Ruis, MD, District Health Director, Southwest Health District. “The best way to prevent a Covid-related death is to get vaccinated, and vaccines are widely available in our region.”

Ruis also notes that, compared to unvaccinated people, those fully vaccinated experience fewer Covid infections, experience less severe COVID infections, are less likely to die from a Covid infection, and may be less likely to spread COVID infections to others

Southwest Public Health District has free COVID-19 vaccines for those 12 and older. Ages 18 and older can choose between the two dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines or the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Children 12 to 17 will receive Pfizer. 

Schedule your vaccine online today at or by calling your local public health clinic. Also available on our website is a list that shows the new COVID case rate category for all 14 counties in the Southwest Georgia Health District.

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