New COVID-19 cases in Cherokee County were down about 31 percent during the week of Sept. 11-17 compared to the week before, state data shows.

However, the county is still averaging just under 100 new cases per day as of Friday, a figure that until August had not been reported since February.

The county saw 694 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the seven days ending Friday, down from 1,001 the week before, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Cherokee was averaging 99 new confirmed cases a day Friday, compared to 143 a week before. Eight deaths were reported in the seven days ending Friday, and the county was averaging one death per day.

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Cherokee County was reporting 637 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 18.2 percent were testing positive Friday, compared to 18.6 percent a week before and 17.9 percent on Aug. 17.

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Cherokee County Schools reported 180 active cases of COVID-19 Thursday among students and 48 active cases among staff. That’s down from 317 active student cases and 58 active cases among staff reported last Friday.

As of Friday, Reinhardt University was reporting seven confirmed COVID-19 cases among students, faculty and staff, all in isolation off-campus.

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As of Friday, 47 percent of Cherokee County residents, or 115,677, were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to state data. At least 52 percent, or 128,336, had received at least one vaccine dose. Statewide, 46 percent of residents are fully vaccinated, and nationally that figure is 54.4 percent, according to Georgia DPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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As of Friday, a reported 3,005 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 240,520.

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

As of Friday, Cherokee County had a total of 29,417 confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to Georgia DPH. Of those, 1,681 had been hospitalized with the virus and 365 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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