ANALYSIS: UGA COVID-19 test drops markedly, county cases rise | City news
ANALYSIS: UGA COVID-19 test drops markedly, county cases rise |  City news

ANALYSIS: UGA COVID-19 test drops markedly, county cases rise | City news

As part of The Red & Black’s health news coverage, we publish weekly news reports related to COVID-19 and its latest statistics.

Major updates

According to the World Health Organization, the new COVID-19 variant – sometimes called deltacron – does not appear to be more severe than omicron, but it is more transmissible.

Since the beginning of the year, the new COVID-19 sub-variant of the delta and omicron strains has been circulating. The variant is a recombinant virus that combines omicron’s full-length nail protein with delta’s backbone.

COVID-19 cases have increased slightly at the University of Georgia, according to the university’s reporting system. UGA reported 12 new cases in the week 7.-13. March compared to the 10 cases during February 28-6. March.

The positivity rate for monitoring tests decreased in the week 7.-11. March to 0% compared to 0.21% in the week of February 28-4. March.

The university conducted 95 monitoring tests in the week 7.-11. March compared to the 471 tests in the week of February 28-4. March. Fewer tests performed may mean fewer positive cases reported.

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.

Many counties in Georgia are classified as geographic areas with high or moderate transmission for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Athens-Clarke County is classified as a geographical area with moderate transmission.

According to the Georgia Geospatial Information Office, Georgia hospitals have about 24% of their beds in intensive care units left to sick patients. The proportion of beds in intensive care units in Region E – which includes ACC and several surrounding counties – is around 5%.

From 6.-12. March, the majority of COVID-19 cases in the southeastern United States were omicron cases, according to the CDC. About 12% were deltacron cases.

The majority of those admitted with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

Data sharing: University of Georgia

There were no positive tests reported at the University Health Center, UGA monitoring tests, or from UGA community members reporting from test sites in Athens. All 12 positive tests were from UGA community members who reported from other test sites.

About three of the positive tests belonged to employees, and nine belonged to students.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 off-campus must report it through DawgCheck, UGA’s monitoring tool.

In the week 7.-11. March, UHC administered 28 vaccines. Cumulatively, UHC has administered 33,468 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 confirmed on site, individuals should bring their original vaccine card to the appointment.

Data sharing: Athens-Clarke County

From 11.-16. March, the county reported 19 new confirmed cases, compared with 15 cases from 5-10. March, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The county’s average seven-day positivity rate was 2.4%. The World Health Organization recommends that communities keep a positivity rate below 5%.

This week, the ACC reported four 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 32 per year. March 17.

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 dropped.

According to DPH, Georgia reported 5,306 confirmed COVID-19 cases between March 11 and 16. This is a decrease from the 5,426 cases registered between 5.-10. March. The state’s seven-day average positivity per. March 16 was 4.5%.

The number of confirmed deaths in the state decreased. Georgia recorded 211 confirmed COVID-19 deaths between March 11-16, compared to 302 between March 5-10.

On March 17, about 749 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the state.

According to DPH, 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 65%. About 6.6 million Georgians, or 63% of the state, have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The CDC has also issued guidelines advising vaccinated individuals to still wear masks when in a public, indoor environment.

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