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Clarke County COVID cases follow national downward trend

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Nationally, COVID-19 cases are on a downward trend and the University of Georgia campus is seeing the same. Reported positive cases on DawgCheck went down 44% since last week with 158 total cases on Jan. 31 through Feb. 6.

A 13.9% positivity rate among symptomatic patients was reported for that week from tests conducted at the University Health Center. Asymptomatic testing locations reported a 3.8% positivity rate.

Students still make up the majority of cases on campus.

Clarke County still has a high community transmission rate according to the CDC with a positive case rate of 300 per 100,000 people, for Feb. 1-7. That’s a substantial decrease compared to averages from last month. There were 147 new hospital admissions for that reporting period and both St. Mary’s and Piedmont Athens hospitals are at diversion status as of Wednesday morning.

Clarke County still lags the state vaccination rate of 55%, with 47% of residents reporting as fully vaccinated with an additional dose.