As part of The Red & Black’s health news coverage, we publish weekly news reports related to COVID-19 and its latest statistics.
On Tuesday, U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration said Tuesday it will appeal a federal judge’s decision to abolish mask mandates on public transportation.
The administration’s delegated authority, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it would continue to investigate whether the rules were still necessary. The rules applicable to planes, trains and other forms of public transport were due to expire on 3 May.
COVID-19 cases have increased at the University of Georgia, according to the university’s reporting system. UGA reported 42 new cases in the week of April 11-14 compared to the 31 cases from April 4-10.
Surveillance testing positivity decreased in the week of April 11-15 to 4.651% compared to 0.613% in the week of April 4-8.
The university conducted 129 monitoring tests in the week of 11-15 April compared to the 163 tests in the week of 4-8 April.
Some counties in Georgia are classified as moderate-area geographic areas for COVID-19, according to the CDC. Athens-Clarke County is classified as a geographical area with moderate transmission.
According to the Georgia Geospatial Information Office, Georgia hospitals have about 22% of their beds in intensive care units left to sick patients. The proportion of intensive care units left in Region E – which includes ACC and several surrounding counties – is around 24%.
From April 10-16, the majority of COVID-19 cases in the southeastern United States were omicron cases, according to the CDC.
The majority of those admitted with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.
Data sharing: University of Georgia
There were five positive tests reported at the University Health Center. Three positive tests from test sites in Athens, six positive tests from UGA monitoring tests and 28 positive tests from UGA community members reporting from other test sites were reported.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 off-campus must report it through DawgCheck, UGA’s monitoring tool. Because students may have tested positive off-campus and not reported it, the actual number of COVID-19 cases in the UGA community may be higher.
In the week of April 11-17, UHC administered 95 vaccines. Cumulatively, UHC has administered 33,875 vaccines.
Students and faculties can order a vaccine appointment through the UHC Vaccine Portal or be vaccinated at any University System of Georgia school. Students can also be tested for COVID-19 at UHC with walk-in appointments. Agreements can be agreed here. As vaccination status is verified on site, individuals should bring their original vaccine card to the agreement.
Data sharing: Athens-Clarke County
From 15.-20. April, the county reported 40 new confirmed cases, compared with 24 cases from 9-14. April, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The county’s average seven-day positivity rate was 5.6%. The World Health Organization recommends that communities keep a positivity rate below 5%.
This week, the ACC reported three confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
According to the Georgia Geospatial Information Office, the number of current hospital admissions in Region E – which includes the ACC and several surrounding counties – was five per capita. the 20th of April.
According to Georgia DPH, about 49% of the county is fully vaccinated.
Data sharing: Georgia
Across the country, the weekly number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases increased.
According to DPH, Georgia reported 3,736 confirmed COVID-19 cases between April 15 and 20. This is an increase from the 3,264 cases registered between 9 and 14 April. The state’s seven-day average positivity per. April 20 was 3.9%.
The number of confirmed deaths in the state increased. Georgia recorded 99 confirmed COVID-19 deaths between 15-20. April compared to 82 between 9-14. April.
On April 20, about 345 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the state.
According to the Department of Public Health, about 5.8 million Georgians have been fully vaccinated, or about 56% by the state. By comparison, the United States has a current full vaccination rate of 66%. About 6.6 million Georgians, or 64% of the state, have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The CDC has also issued guidelines advising vaccinated individuals in high-transmission areas to still wear masks when in public, indoor environments.