COVID Update- Morgan County, Georgia (3/21/2021)

Crystal Jackson

The following data is current as of March 21, 2021. In Georgia overall, there have been 843,141 confirmed cases. Confirmed deaths are currently at 16,145 for the state with 2,385 probable deaths. This data shows an increase of 15,166 cases in Georgia in the last two weeks, representing 7,783 cases per 100,000. The total population of Georgia is 10,833,472.

Morgan County has had 1,151 confirmed cases. There have been 19 confirmed deaths and 5 probable deaths within the county and 80 hospitalizations with 837 antigen-positive cases.

Here's the data for the counties surrounding Morgan:

Greene County: 1,464 cases, 48 deaths, and 131 hospitalizations
Jasper County: 656 cases, 18 deaths, and 58 hospitalizations
Madison County: 2,662 cases, 42 deaths, and 146 hospitalizations
Newton County: 7,098 cases, 195 deaths, and 599 hospitalizations
Oconee County: 2,917 cases, 60 deaths, and 122 hospitalizations
Putnam County: 1,726 cases, 52 deaths, and 153 hospitalizations
Walton County: 7,714 cases, 221 deaths, and 468 hospitalizations

The following information was released on March 15, 2021, for Georgia residents:

"The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Governor Brian Kemp today announced the state will expand its vaccine eligibility March 15, 2021, to include adults aged 55 and older, individuals with disabilities and certain medical conditions. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are already eligible for vaccination. This expansion now includes disabilities caused by an injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury), a disability due to a longstanding condition that could cause vision loss, nerve damage or loss of a limb, or a disability due to illness such as ALS or multiple sclerosis.The medical conditions referenced are: Asthma, Cancer, Cerebrovascular disease, Chronic kidney disease, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Conditions, Immunocompromised State, Liver Disease, Neurologic Conditions, Overweight and Obesity, Pregnancy, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassemia."

To find a vaccine location near you or to schedule an appointment, log on to For individuals aged 16 and 17 who are in an eligible population for vaccination, Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for these ages. Please schedule an appointment at CVS or Walgreens or at one of the GEMA mass vaccination sites to ensure Pfizer vaccine is available to you.

The CDC has continued to make the following recommendations for minimizing the risk of contracting COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask any time you are within six feet of someone who doesn't live in your household.
  • Be sure to wear a mask properly, making sure it fits the face and covers both the nose and mouth at all times.
  • Practice social distancing, staying at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Wash hands before and after handling your mask.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces where social distancing is not possible including restaurants, movie theaters, sporting events, and other places where masks may not be worn or social distancing may not be observed.
  • Cough and sneeze inside the mask or into an elbow, keeping the mouth covered at all times.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly.
  • Self-quarantine if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Monitor for a fever or other symptoms if you begin experiencing symptoms and get tested as needed.
To register for the vaccine, Morgan County residents can visit the Northeast Health District's website.

The CDC has also released the following guidelines for vaccinated individuals (defined as those who have received the second dose of the vaccine at least 2 weeks previously):

Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart. Visit with unvaccinated people from one other household indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart if everyone in the other household is at low risk for severe disease. Refrain from quarantine and testing if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 after contact with someone who has COVID-19.

These recommendations still apply for interacting with the unvaccinated public:

Wear a well-fitted mask. Stay at least 6 feet from people you do not live with. Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings. Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Follow guidance issued by individual employers. Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.

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Crystal Jackson is a former therapist turned writer. She is the author of the Heart of Madison series and a volume of poetry entitled My Words Are Whiskey. Her work has been featured on Medium, Elite Daily, Thought Catalog, The Good Men Project, and Elephant Journal. When she's not writing, you can find her traveling, paddle boarding, cycling, throwing axes badly but with terrifying enthusiasm, hiking, or curled up with her nose in a book in Madison, Georgia, where she lives with one puppy and two wild and wonderful children. Crystal writes about relationships, mental health, parenting, social justice, and more. Never miss an update. Subscribe to emails:

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