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Local COVID numbers are low even amid new variant

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The weekly COVID report for Athens-Clarke County is promising — only
one new hospital admission this past week with a seven-day case rate of
18.70 per 100,000 people. There have been 24 positive cases in the past
seven days through March 29.

Vaccination rates has gone up slightly with 49% of residents fully vaccinated according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

While nationwide we’re seeing a low transmission rate, health experts warn of a sub-variant, BA.2, that transmits faster and easier than its parent variant, Omicron. Nearly 86% of sequenced cases are BA.2 according to the World Health Organization. Reports predict that large scale outbreaks in some European and Asian countries may be the source of the sub-variant.

People over 50 or immunocompromised have been approved for a second COVID booster shot as of Tuesday.