COVID-19 Update: Morgan & Surrounding Counties (Georgia)

Crystal Jackson

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The following data is current as of August 27, 2021. In Georgia overall, there have been 1,065,167 confirmed cases. Confirmed deaths are currently at 19,510 for the state with 3,043 probable deaths, 72,241 hospitalizations, and 11,944 ICU admissions. This data shows an increase of 83,050 cases in Georgia in the last two weeks, representing 9,832.2 cases per 100,000. The total population of Georgia is 10,833,472.

As of 8:00 am today (8/30/21), an additional 8,403 cases have been confirmed with 59 additional confirmed deaths, 2,979 antigen-positive cases, and 379 hospitalizations in the state of Georgia.

Morgan County COVID-19 Data

Morgan County currently has 1,540 confirmed cases, 1,110 antigen positive cases, 100 hospitalizations, 24 confirmed deaths, and 7 probable deaths.

Surrounding Counties

  • Greene County: 1,908 cases, 56 deaths, and 153 hospitalizations
  • Jasper County: 810 cases, 21 deaths, and 69 hospitalizations
  • Madison County: 3,313 cases, 47 deaths, and 178 hospitalizations
  • Newton County: 9,187 cases, 246 deaths, and 805 hospitalizations
  • Oconee County: 3,625 cases, 68 deaths, and 146 hospitalizations
  • Putnam County: 2,264 cases, 64 deaths, and 187 hospitalizations
  • Walton County: 9,399 cases, 248 deaths, and 597 hospitalizations
Georgia eligibility is open for everyone 12 years of age and older for the COVID vaccine. * Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently authorized for children aged 12 through 17. To find a vaccine location near you or to schedule an appointment, log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty and is available for ages 16 and older. Immune compromised children ages 12-15 are also able to receive the vaccine under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
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CDC recommendations for minimizing the risk of 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 your 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.

U.S. COVID-19 Vaccinations

There have been 38,709,295 cases of COVID-19 in the United States. There have been 634,157 deaths resulting from these cases. A total of 173,520,211 individuals in the United States are now fully vaccinated. This is 52.3% of the total population (61.2% of those age 12 and older). Approximately 72% of the U.S. adult population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Community transmission has been rated as HIGH. This information is current as of 8/29/21.

State Vaccinations

According to Becker's Hospital Review, the state of Georgia is ranked 45 out of 50 states (plus Washington, D.C.) for vaccinations. Only 38.47% of residents are fully vaccinated. The top five states for vaccination are Vermont (67.39%), Massachusetts (63.68%), Maine (63.33%), Connecticut (63.02%), and Rhode Island (61.16%). The lowest state rankings include Louisiana (36.69%), Wyoming (36.51%), Arkansas (36.10%), Mississippi (34.36%), and Alabama (34.2%).

Morgan County COVID-19 Vaccinations

There are 19,276 residents living in Morgan County. Only 18.5% of residents have now been fully vaccinated. A total of 4,017 residents have received one dose (20.8% of total population, 24.3% of ages 12 and older). A total of 3,561 residents are now fully vaccinated (21.5% of the population age 12 and older). The CDC is currently reporting that Morgan County has HIGH levels of community transmission.

The Morgan County Citizen reported that all 25 inpatient beds were occupied at Morgan Medical Center as of August 24, 2021. Over half of these were directly due to COVID-19 cases. The Athens Banner-Herald reported on the same day that over 97% of our region's ICU beds are now full. Considering the high transmission rate in the community and the low vaccination rate, medical professionals are urging residents to get vaccinated, continue to social distance when possible, and to utilize masks when social distancing isn't possible.

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CDC Guidelines For Vaccinated Individuals:

  • Resume normal activities.
  • Wear a mask indoors to reduce the risk of infection from the Delta variant.
  • Wear a mask outdoors in areas of substantial or high transmission.
  • Wear a mask if you or someone in your household has weakened immunity or remains unvaccinated.
  • If you travel in the U.S., you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • For international travel, you don't need to be tested before departure unless it is required by your destination. You still need to show a negative COVID test to board a flight to return to the United States. You will need to get tested 3-5 days after international travel. You do not need to self-quarantine upon your return.
  • If you have been around someone with COVID, you should be tested 3-5 days following exposure even if you don't have symptoms. You should wear a mask for 14 days following exposure or until you get a negative COVID test. Isolate for 10 days if COVID-positive.
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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: https://crystaljacksonwriter.substack.com/

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