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WC Health District warns of
High Covid Transmission Rate
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From the August 11, 2021 issue
of The Journal

By Richard Harris
   Confirmed cases of Covid-19 remain relatively low in this area, but cases have seen an uptick over the last few weeks in most area counties. In addition, the West Central Health District has classified the community wide transmission as "High" in many counties in the region, so they are wary of a coming spike.
   Cases with "High" transmission include Chattahoochee, Marion, Schley, and Stewart. Webster County is the only one in The Journal's coverage area with a transmission rate classified as "Low."
   Stewart County also had a new virus-related death reported over the last week, bringing its grand total since the start of the pandemic to 26.

   The latest available data from the Georgia Department of Public Health (as of Tuesday morning) is listed below.
   Marion County had 30 confirmed cases of Covid-19 over the last two weeks, which is up from 22 at this time last week. Based on that figure, 0.36% of the county's 8,293 residents currently have confirmed cases. No additional Covid related deaths were reported over the last week.
   As of Tuesday, approximately 35% of Marion County residents had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 30% are fully vaccinated.
   Schley County had 28 confirmed cases of Covid-19 over the last two weeks, which is up for 19 at this time last week. Based on that figure, 0.53% of the county's 5,272 residents currently have confirmed cases. No additional Covid related deaths were reported over the last week.
   As of Tuesday, approximately 28% of Schley County residents had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 25% are fully vaccinated.
   Webster County had 4 confirmed cased of Covid-19 over the last two weeks, which is up from 3 at this time last week. Based on that figure, 0.15% of the county's 2,550 residents currently have confirmed cases. No additional Covid related deaths were reported over the last week.
   As of Tuesday, approximately 38% of Webster County residents had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 35% are fully vaccinated.
   Stewart County had 19 confirmed cases of Covid-19 over the last two weeks, which is down from 53 at this time last week. Based on that figure, 0.31% of residents currently have confirmed. One additional virus-related death was reported over the last week, bringing the county's total to 26.
   As of Tuesday, approximately 29% of Stewart County residents had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 26% are fully vaccinated.
   Chattahoochee County had 67 confirmed cases of Covid-19 over the last two weeks, which is down from 82 at this time last week. Based on that figure, approximately 0.62% of residents currently have confirmed cases. (State figures include the portion of Fort Benning that is in Chattahoochee County with the county's stats.) No additional deaths were reported over the last week.
   As of Tuesday, approximately 18% of Chattahoochee County residents had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 16% are fully vaccinated.
VACCINES
   According to the Department of Health, Covid-19 vaccines are proven to reduce the risk of hospitalization or dying from the virus.   The public is urged to get a Covid-18 vaccine if they have not done so yet.  Covid-19 vaccines are offered for free at many locations across Georgia and are available for those aged 12 (Pfizer vaccine) and older (Pfizer, Moderna, Jansen). 
   How to get the vaccine: If you have access to the internet, go to vaccines.gov or westcentralhealthdistrict.com   to find a vaccine location near you.  For vaccinations at the Health Department, visit www.westcentralhealthdistrict.com and click on the red bar at the top of the home page for vaccine or testing registration.
   For questions, or if you need assistance registering, please contact our COVID-19 Call Center at 706-653-6613.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  There is no charge for testing or vaccines at any health department location.
TESTING
   Who should get tested for Covid-19? According to the Health Department, people who have symptoms or who have had a known exposure to someone with the virus should get tested.
   Their suggestions include: People who are fully vaccinated should get tested 3-5 days after exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. 
   People who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine and be tested soon after being identified, and, if negative, tested again in 5–7 days after last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine.