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As voters head to the polls on this election day, both President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden were in Georgia yesterday to stump for votes in the state’s key US Senate runoffs, which will determine which party controls the Senate. Trump was in Dalton, where he continued to November’s general election.

Earlier in the day, president-elect Joe Biden was in Atlanta at a drive-in rally.

Early and absentee voting turnout has been high in Georgia, and polls remain open today until 7PM.

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The University of Georgia's Health Center received its first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This morning, the University of Georgia announced that the health center began offering its first COVID-19 vaccinations from both Pfizer and Moderna during the Winter Break. The health center is administering the limited supply of vaccines in accordance with the phased approach developed by the Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health.

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As 2020 came to a close on December 31, so too did early voting for the Georgia runoff election. WUGA’s Megan Wahn with the advanced voting numbers for Athens Clarke County.

About 39.9% of registered voters in Athens Clarke County have cast their ballots for the Georgia runoff ahead of the January 5 election day, according to Georgia Votes.com. About 13,609 ballots were mail-in, while 18,756 were cast in person - in total accounting for about 32,365 votes. This is about 7% below and 5,000 votes under the early voting totals in ACC for the November 3 election.

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Today marks the first day back at school for students in the Clarke County School District. Due to rising COVID-19 cases, however, students will receive virtual instruction until January 19th, when Pre-K through 8th-grade students are scheduled to return for in-person instruction. 

On the other hand, students in Oconee County return to in-person instruction starting tomorrow.

COVID-19 cases in Athens-Clarke and surrounding counties continue to climb following the holidays.

As of yesterday evening, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported a total of 8,780 COVID-19 cases in Athens-Clarke County, with 916 new cases within the last two weeks. Clarke County's overall positivity rate is 7.9%, but the positivity rate within the last two weeks is almost double that, at 15.1%.

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