COVID-19 Cases


Local COVID-19 cases remain high. The Georgia Department of Health reported 141 new COVID cases in Athens-Clarke County, 120 cases in Jackson County, and 51 cases in Oconee County today.

Hospitals continue to fill up in Region E, where Athens hospitals are at the center, with 93% of inpatient beds and 99% of ICU beds in use.

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The state of Georgia reached a grim milestone Tuesday. The Department of Public Health reported Georgia topped the one million mark in confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Tuesday’s 42-hundred plus cases are down significantly from the more than 14-thousand reported Monday. According to the agency, there were 220 people hospitalized and 24 confirmed deaths in Georgia Tuesday.

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COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to rise rapidly in Georgia, with some hospitals voicing concern as they fill with patients infected with the virus. Georgia's seven-day average has risen above 4,000 cases on Tuesday, almost 11 times higher than when cases bottomed out in late June.

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The U.S. finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot in the arms of 70% of American adults. But it’s a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the country. Biden set a goal of reaching the 70% threshold by the Fourth of July. But that target was set well before the highly contagious delta variant enabled the virus to come storming back and undermined the assumptions that were used to arrive at that figure. The U.S.

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The Northeast Georgia Health System held a news conference this morning, regarding the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the system’s hospitals. Dr. Deepak Aggarwal discussed those numbers.

“The number of COVID positive patients in Northeast Georgia’s Medical Hospitals has jumped from 20 to 110,” according to Dr. Aggarwal. “Roughly half of the patients are under the age of 60 and we have cared for some as young as 18.”