A third of Cherokee County residents have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, though vaccinations are slowing down, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

As of Friday, 80,847 residents in Cherokee, or 33%, had had at least one vaccine dose, according to the state’s vaccine dashboard. The number of county residents fully vaccinated had reached 59,960, or 24%.

Numbers of people getting shots in the arm are going down, however. In the week from last Friday through Thursday, 7,414 vaccines were administered in Cherokee County, down from 9,564 in the previous seven-day period, per Georgia DPH.

In all, Cherokee County has reported 22,278 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began, state data shows. The county has had 1,280 hospitalizations due to the virus and 301 people have died.

Numbers of new confirmed COVID-19 cases have overall declined in Cherokee in April after mostly holding steady in March. Friday, Cherokee County was averaging 20.6 cases a day over the last seven days, slightly up from a 19.9 average a week before, but down from 42.1 April 1.

In the week ending Friday, Cherokee County reported just one death due to COVID-19, bringing down its seven-day average to 0.1 deaths a day.

The county reported an average 4.9% COVID-19 positivity rate from PCR tests as of Friday, just under 5% reported the week before.

For the Georgia DPH’s full COVID-19 report, visit dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report. For more data 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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