UGA, CCSD hit record COVID cases
The University of Georgia reported 992 positive cases for Jan. 10-16. That’s higher than at any other point during this school year. 572 of those cases were reported from the University Health Center and 345 came from surveillance testing.
The surveillance testing positivity rate during the week of Jan. 10-14 went up to 14.7% compared to 13.3% from the previous week. The UHC administered 169 vaccines during that same period.
Positive cases among the student population made up more than 80% of the total for that reporting week.
The university is providing free, asymptomatic pop-up testing for students and staff with UGA ID’s on Jan. 20, 25 and 27 at the Tate Student Center with no prior registration required.
Positive cases for the Clarke County School District are at 1,015 total for this month, another record for the school year. Alps Road Elementary, Clarke Middle School, Clarke Central High School and Cedar Shoals High School went virtual this week with the district citing teacher shortages due to COVID-19.
County-wide numbers can be found on the CDC and Department of Public Health websites. U.S. households can now order one set of four, free at-home tests from the United States Postal Service using this website: special.usps.com/testkits.