New COVID-19 cases in Cherokee County continued to trend downward for the seven days ending Friday, state data shows.

It’s the second straight week in which new cases have decreased after the latest surge began in July. On Friday, the county’s seven-day average of new daily cases dipped below 70 for the first time since Aug. 8.

Since Sept. 10, the county’s seven-day average dropped 53%, from 144 to 67 cases a day Friday.

While new cases have fallen, the week ending Friday included 13 COVID-19 deaths reported in Cherokee County, marking it as one of the deadliest weeks of the latest surge. Friday, Cherokee was averaging nearly two deaths per day.

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A chart from the Georgia Department of Public Health shows Cherokee County’s reported COVID-19 deaths over time.

The county saw 470 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the seven days ending Friday, down from 705 the week before, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Cherokee was averaging 67 new confirmed cases a day Friday, compared to about 101 a week before.

Cherokee County was reporting 441 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 14.3 percent were testing positive Friday, compared to 18.2 percent a week before and 19.4 percent on Aug. 23.

Cherokee County Schools did not release a report of its active cases for the week ending Thursday due to fall break. The district reported 180 active COVID-19 cases on Sept. 16, which was down 43% from Sept. 10.

At Reinhardt University, as of Monday, the most recent report available, the university was reporting five confirmed COVID-19 cases among students, faculty and staff, all in isolation off-campus.

As of Friday, 48 percent of Cherokee County residents, or 117,939, were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to state data. At least 53 percent, or 130,246, had received at least one vaccine dose. Statewide, 47 percent of residents are fully vaccinated, and nationally that figure is 55.1 percent, according to Georgia DPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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A chart from the Georgia Department of Public Health shows Cherokee County's reported COVID-19 vaccinations administered over time. 

As of Friday, a reported 2,456 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 244,976.

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 29,899 confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to Georgia DPH. Of those, 1,710 had been hospitalized with the virus and 378 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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