ANALYSIS: UGA COVID-19 cases remain low, Athens cases fall | Campus news – Community News
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ANALYSIS: UGA COVID-19 cases remain low, Athens cases fall | Campus news

As the COVID-19 delta strain continues to spread across the country, questions about booster shots, hospitalizations and vaccine hesitation are causing frustration for many. As part of The Red & Black’s health news coverage, we publish weekly reports on COVID-19 news and recent statistics.

Major updates

According to the university’s reporting system, COVID-19 cases at the University of Georgia remained the same as last week. UGA reported 22 new cases in the week of November 1-7. These last two weeks were the lowest number of cases documented by UGA since classes began this semester. Surveillance test positivity rate rose to 0.64% this week, compared to 0.17% last week.

No positive tests were performed at the University Health Center. There were three positive tests through UGA surveillance testing, five positive UGA community member tests reported by Athens test sites, and 14 positive UGA community member tests reported from other testing sites.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 off campus must report this to DawgCheck, UGA’s monitoring tool. Because students may have tested positive off-campus and failed to report it, the actual number of COVID-19 cases may be higher.

ANALYSIS: Lowest COVID-19 Cases at UGA This Semester, Vaccines Approved for Children Ages 5-11

On October 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for COVID-19 prevention in children ages 5 to 11. The approval was based on the FDA’s review of the data, including the participation of an independent expert advisory committee who decided to make the vaccine available to children in this age group.

On Tuesday, Pfizer-BioNTech requested FDA approval for the COVID-19 booster dose for all adults.

The Georgia Department of Public Health and state health districts will provide the Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

The deadline for vaccinating University of Georgia employees has been extended to Jan. 4, 2022, from the previous Dec. 8 deadline, according to an ArchNews email sent Thursday. The new deadline was announced Thursday by the White House.

This extension gives UGA contractors additional time to get vaccinated. According to the ArchNews email, some contractor employees have been notified while others are still being identified and notified.

Appointments can be scheduled here. As vaccination status is verified on site, individuals should bring their original vaccination card to the appointment.

Employees covered by this policy include those who work on or in connection with a federal contract, or who work in a covered contractor’s workplace.

UPDATE: UGA Deadline for Employee Vaccination Requirement Extended

On Sept. 20, The Red & Black launched a survey for University of Georgia students, faculty and staff, collecting data on vaccination status and thoughts on campus vaccination and mask policies. The results showed a high vaccination rate among respondents and mixed feelings about the campus’s COVID-19 policy.

Divided feelings: Study in red and black reveals thoughts on COVID-19 safety, mandates

Georgia hospitals have about 17% of their intensive care unit beds available for sick patients. From October 24-20, according to the CDC, about 100% of COVID-19 cases in the southeastern U.S. were delta variant cases.

Most people hospitalized with COVID-19 are not vaccinated.

With less use of masks, more respiratory illnesses such as the flu and respiratory syncytial virus have spread across the country.

Data Breakdown: University of Georgia

The university conducted 466 surveillance tests in the week of Nov. 1, down from last week’s 575 tests. With fewer tests, fewer cases can be detected.

Of the total positive cases this week, 10 were from employees and 12 from students.

For the week of November 1-7, the UHC delivered 824 vaccines, up from 581 administered last week. In total, the UHC administered 29,673 vaccines.

Students and teachers can make an appointment for a vaccine at the UHC Vaccine Portal or get vaccinated at a University System of Georgia school. Students can also be tested for COVID-19 at the UHC with walk-in appointments.

Data Breakdown: Athens-Clarke County

From November 5-10, the province reported 49 new confirmed cases, compared with 84 from October 30 to November 30. 4, according to the Georgia DPH. The county’s seven-day average positivity rate was 1.3%. The World Health Organization recommends that communities maintain a positivity rate of less than 5%.

ACC reported three confirmed COVID-19 deaths this week.

According to the Georgia Geospatial Information Office, the number of current hospitalizations in Region E — which includes ACC and several surrounding counties — fell slightly last week. As of November 10, there were 41 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, compared to 44 on November 3.

According to the Georgia DPH, approximately 46% of the county is fully vaccinated.

Data Breakdown: Georgia

Statewide, the weekly number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases has fallen.

According to the DPH, Georgia reported 5,418 confirmed cases of COVID-19 between November 5 and 10. This is a decrease of about 700 from the 6,135 cases between October 30 and November 30. 4. According to current data, the state’s seven-day average positivity rate dropped to 1.7% on Nov. 10.

The number of confirmed deaths in the state decreased — Georgia recorded 217 confirmed COVID-19 deaths between Nov. 5-10 compared to 262 between Oct. 30 and November. 4.

According to the DPH, about 5.2 million Georgians are fully vaccinated, or about 50% of the state. In comparison, the US currently has a complete vaccination coverage of 57%. About 5.9 million Georgians, or 57% of the state, have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

According to the CDC, even fully vaccinated people should wear a mask indoors if they are in an area of ​​significant or high transmission. Currently, the CDC says the level of community transfer in Clarke County is significant, along with many other counties in Georgia. The CDC has also released guidelines advising vaccinated individuals to still wear masks in public, indoor settings.