Cherokee County is seeing a continued steady drop in new coronavirus infections, even as vaccinations are slowing down, according to data from the state Department of Public Health.

The county saw 107 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the seven days ending last Friday, down from 155 the week before, per Georgia DPH. Cherokee was averaging 15.3 new confirmed cases a day Friday, down from 22.6 a week before.

Cherokee County reported one resident who died of COVID-19 last Friday, the first death in over a week, according to the state’s COVID-19 status report. The county was averaging 0.1 deaths per day.

Cherokee’s number of new COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people over two weeks dropped just under 100 last Friday, at 99.

Of those tested for the coronavirus in Cherokee County, an average of 4.3% over seven days were testing positive Friday, a little lower than the 4.8% a week before and below the 6.3% average reported April 14.

As of last Friday, 28% of Cherokee County residents, or 69,383, were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to state data. At least 34%, or 85,019, had received at least one vaccine dose. Statewide, 29% of residents are fully vaccinated, with 37% receiving at least one dose, and nationally that figure is 36.2%, with 46.8% receiving at least one shot, according to Georgia DPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cherokee vaccinations since December.JPG

This Georgia Department of Public Health shows COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Cherokee County over time.

A total of 4,039 COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Cherokee County in the seven days ending Thursday, according to the state health department. That’s down from 6,569 the previous seven-day period.

Northside Hospital Cherokee is hosting one more free clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations May 21 at the county’s Bluffs administration building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton. Vaccinations are by appointment only.

Those interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine can also sign up through the Georgia Department of Public Health and at many pharmacies, like CVS and Walgreens.

As of last Friday, Cherokee County had a total of 22,534 confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to Georgia DPH. Of those, 1,314 had been hospitalized with the virus and 305 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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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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