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COVID cases show slow uptick

Braselton Urgent Care

The CDC estimates that the majority of new COVID-19 cases nationwide — over 50% — can be attributed to the current variant of concern, BA.2.

There were 52 new positive COVID cases in Athens-Clarke County in the week ending April 5. That includes three new hospitalizations and one additional COVID-related death. The University of Georgia reported 24 new cases from March 31 to April 3, nearly double its last reporting period.

Local hospitals remain in control at normal diversion status, and Georgia Public Health Region E — in which Athens is located — has 87.5% of intensive care unit beds in use. Less than 2% of inpatient beds in Athens were confirmed COVID cases through April 4.

Advice from public health experts remains the same: get vaccinated to prevent severe infection, and monitor local case numbers to help make decisions about social protocol. Those elligible for a fourth vaccine can get one as of last week.