Cherokee County saw a slight bump in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the seven days ending Friday, but no deaths from the virus have been reported for two weeks, according to state public health data.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the seven days ending Friday was 44, up from the 31 cases reported the week before, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Cherokee was averaging 6.3 new confirmed cases a day Friday, compared to 4.4 a week before.

The last reported COVID-19-related death in Cherokee County was June 17.

Cherokee County also reported 28 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 3.8% were testing positive Friday, compared to 3.4% a week before and 3.4% May 28.

As of Friday, 40% of Cherokee County residents, or 98,488, were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to state data. At least 43%, or 107,513, had received at least one vaccine dose. That’s above the 38% rate for Georgians statewide fully vaccinated, but below the national rate of 47.1%, according to Georgia DPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of Friday, a reported 1,268 COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in Cherokee County in the seven days ending Thursday, per Georgia DPH. The total reported vaccinations in the county was 200,800.

Those interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine can sign up through the Georgia Department of Public Health and at private providers. Vaccines are also available weekdays at both locations of the Cherokee County Health Department. The Canton Health Center is at 1219 Univeter Road, and the Woodstock Health Center is at 7545 North Main St.

As of Friday, Cherokee County had a total of 22,883 confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to Georgia DPH. Of those, 1,392 had been hospitalized with the virus and 318 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 CDC’s website at cdc.gov.

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