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COVID cases continue to surge locally and statewide

 

Data from the Georgia Department of Health’s interactive COVID-19 website shows a dramatic jump in new cases of COVID-19 in all of Southwest’s Georgia counties and in most counties statewide. The majority of Georgia’s counties are now shaded dark red on the Department of Health’s website, indicating the highest level recorded of positive case transmission. 

In the past two weeks 154 additional Seminole County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Counties through the southwest Georgia area are experiencing similar high numbers with Grady County reporting 503 new cases, Decatur County reporting 327 new cases, Early County reporting 249 new cases, and Miller County reporting 100 new cases in that same two week time period.  

Local and state health officials continue to implore all residents to get vaccinated, and they are now encouraging again the wearing of masks, and social distancing when in crowded and indoor areas.

Locally in Seminole County, 3,783 residents are considered fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, January 12, according to the D.P.H.’s online Vaccine Distribution Dashboard. That’s only 45 percent of the county’s population and only ten residents more than last week. 

The information indicates that 50 percent of the county’s population, or 4,122 residents, have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Seminole County’s fully vaccinated rate has been stuck at 45 percent for almost two months.

All Georgians over the age of five are now eligible for COVID vaccination. Booster doses of vaccine are recommended for adults 18 and older who have completed their first series of vaccine.

The vaccine finder website, vaccines.gov, reports that the free vaccines are available at the Seminole County Health Department and Walgreens Pharmacy in Donalsonville. 

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, there have been 1,412 cases here based on P.C.R. and antigen positive testing, and 23 county residents have died from the disease caused by the novel Coronavirus, the state public health information shows.

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