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County’s vaccine rate remains low as virus continues to spread

In the past two weeks with healthcare workers pleading with county residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19, 163 more Seminole County residents tested positive for the virus, according to data from the Georgia Department of Health. In the same week that the state surpassed one million total cases, Seminole County reached 991 cases since the pandemic’s beginning in March of 2020.

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 continue to strongly urge those who are unvaccinated to make plans to get their shot(s) now.

As of Wednesday, August 25, all fourteen counties in the Southwest Health Distinct remain shaded dark red on the Georgia State Department of Health’s COVID-19 map, indicating counties with the highest COVID-19 infection rate in the state.

Over the past two weeks, Seminole County and counties throughout Southwest Georgia continue to report massive increases in that same time period. Miller County has reported 103 new cases, Decatur County has had 300 new cases, Early County reported 163 additional new cases, and Grady reported 153. 

A glance at vaccination rates in the Southwest Georgia counties shaded dark red on the Georgia Public Health COVID map reveals that every single one is below the state’s average of 42 percent of residents fully vaccinated. 

As of Wednesday, August 25, 35 percent of Seminole County’s eligible residents have been fully vaccinated – an increase of only two percent since last week. 

Miller County’s full vaccination rate is 41%, in Early County the rate is 38%,in Decatur County it is 35%, and Grady County’s rate is 32% – and remains tied with Colquitt County for the lowest vaccinated rate in the Southwest District.

On Wednesday, August 25, the Southwest District Department of Health opened a COVID-19 drive thru testing site at Spring Creek Park, located at 158 West Street in Colquitt. This site is open to the public – from any county – from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and preregistration is strongly  encouraged. To register call 1-844-778-2455, register online at honumg.info/LTSGA003, or use the QR Code in the ad on page 4 in this edition.

The Seminole County Health Department and all health departments in the Southwest Public Health District have 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. 

If you have not been vaccinated, schedule yours by calling the Seminole County Health Department at 229-495-6590, or you can schedule yours online at southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org

Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate. Get the vaccine, not COVID-19.

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