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COVID-19 continues to spread locally

Call 229-495-6590 to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination 

The highly contagious Delta variant is now responsible for almost all new COVID-19 cases in the United States, and cases are rising rapidly. For the first time since February, there were more than 100,000 confirmed cases on Tuesday, the same day the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that vaccinated people should resume wearing masks in public indoor spaces in communities where the virus is surging.

Nationally, according to the C.D.C., about 97 percent of those recently hospitalized by the virus were unvaccinated., and in counties where vaccination rates are low, cases are rising fast, and deaths are also on the rise.

Due to the area’s low vaccination rates, the COVID-19 pandemic is not subsiding here in Seminole County. Since last Wednesday Seminole County’s positive case number increased by 31 cases from 1,091 to 1,122 cases, and from 18 to 19 COVID-19-related deaths since the pandemic began 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, September 8, and now for the fifth week in a row, 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, with 133 new cases, and counties throughout Southwest Georgia continue to report massive increases in that same time period. During that same time period Miller County has reported 67 new cases, Decatur County has had 311 new cases, Early County reported 120 additional new cases, and Grady reported 142. 

A glance at vaccination rates in the Southwest Georgia counties shaded dark red on the Georgia Public Health COVID-19 map reveals that twelve of the fourteen Southwest Health District counties remain below the state’s average of 44 percent of residents fully vaccinated. 

Southwest Georgia vaccination rates are inching up in the right direction; however, the rate of vaccination increase is still well below the rate of positive case increase. As of Wednesday, September 8,  37 percent of Seminole County’s eligible residents have been fully vaccinated – an increase of an additional one percent since last week.  The full vaccination rates for the additional thirteen counties in the 14-county Southwest Health District is as follows: Terrell County 46%; Miller County’s 44%;  Lee County 43%; Thomas County 41%; Early County 40%; Calhoun County 40%; Dougherty County 39%; Decatur County 38%; Mitchell County 37%; Baker County 37%; Grady County 35%; Colquitt County 34%; and Worth County 35%.

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 last week and the 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, 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

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

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