Cherokee County saw three coronavirus-related deaths this week, the first reported since June, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The three COVID-19 deaths in Cherokee were reported Thursday, the first in nearly a month. Before that, the last death attributed to the virus in Cherokee County was reported June 17.

Cherokee is seeing a continued rise in COVID-19 cases that began in late June, state data shows. The county saw 80 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the seven days ending Friday, compared to 55 the week before, according to Georgia DPH. Cherokee was averaging 11.4 new confirmed cases a day Friday, compared to 7.9 a week before.

Cherokee County was reporting 51 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 4.3% were testing positive Friday, compared to 2.2% a week before and 3.4% June 16.

As of Friday, 41% of Cherokee County residents, or 100,863, were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to state data. At least 44%, or 109,643, had received at least one vaccine dose. Statewide, 39% of residents, or 4,084,988 people, are fully vaccinated, and nationally that figure is 48.4%, or 160,686,378 people, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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 at the Cherokee County Health Department facilities at 1219 Univeter Road in Canton and at 7545 Main St. in Woodstock.

As of Friday, Cherokee County had a total of 23,002 confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to Georgia DPH. Of those, 1,406 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at cdc.gov.

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