Cherokee County saw a slight bump in new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past week, but is holding steady averages lower than those since last June, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The county saw 66 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the seven days ending Friday, five more than 61 reported the week before, per Georgia DPH. Cherokee was averaging 9.4 new confirmed cases a day Friday, slightly up from 8.7 a week before. That’s still down from the 22.6 cases a day average reported a month before.

Three deaths from COVID-19 were reported in Cherokee County in the week ending Friday. Five deaths were reported in the previous seven-day period. Friday, the county was averaging 0.4 deaths per day.

Cherokee County was reporting 48 cases of COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people over the past two weeks.

Of those tested for the coronavirus in Cherokee County, an average of 3.2% were testing positive Friday, compared to 3.4% a week before and down from 4.8% May 4.

As of Friday, 32% of Cherokee County residents, or 80,032, were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to state data. At least 37%, or 91,792, had received at least one vaccine dose. Statewide, 34% of residents are fully vaccinated, and nationally that figure is 41.4%, according to Georgia DPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A total of 2,395 COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Cherokee County in the seven days ending Thursday, compared to 3,182 the previous seven-day period.

Those interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine can also sign up through the Georgia Department of Public Health and at private providers, including pharmacies.

As of Friday, Cherokee County had a total of 22,730 confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to Georgia DPH. Of those, 1,358 had been hospitalized with the virus and 315 had died.

For the Georgia DPH’s full COVID-19 report, visit dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report. For more about vaccinations in Georgia, visit bit.ly/3spDbqE.

National data can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at cdc.gov.

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