Coronavirus Cases and Hospitalizations On the Rise in Georgia
July 22, 2021
In Georgia, the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations has risen dramatically in recent weeks, matching a national pattern that has public health officials concerned. As reported by NP News in the article "Georgia Sees Rise In Coronavirus Cases, Hospitalizations"
, the state's seven-day average of new cases was over 855 on July 13th, up from 365 on June 25th. According to state data, 676 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, accounting for over 4% of the state's patient total and up from 423 on June 19th.
Health experts believe these numbers demonstrate the need for more individuals to get vaccinated, especially as the virus's fast-spreading delta strain spreads. Only 39% of Georgia citizens have received all of their vaccines, which is significantly lower than the rate in many other states. The combination of a low vaccination rate, the highly transmissible delta variant, and a general relaxation of mask requirements and other measures, according to Sarah McCool, a public health professor at Georgia State University, is a "recipe for a potential tinderbox."
Fourth of July celebrations could also be a factor in the figures, causing a brief rise, according to Pinar Keskinocak, the director of the Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems. She swiftly added, though, that she was pessimistic about that assessment, and that the numbers could continue to rise. States around the country like Mississippi, are seeing similar increases in COVID-19 cases and their officials have advised those 65 and older, as well as those with chronic underlying diseases, to avoid big indoor gatherings.
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