As part of The Red & Black’s health news coverage, we publish weekly news reports related to COVID-19 and its latest statistics.
COVID-19 cases continue to decline at the University of Georgia compared to last week, according to the university’s reporting system. UGA reported 87 new cases in the week 7.-13. February – 79 fewer cases than last week.
The monitoring testing positivity rate decreased slightly during the week of 7-11. February to 3.62% compared to 3.83% the previous week.
The university conducted 552 monitoring tests in the week 7-11. February compared to the 652 tests the previous week. 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.
Most Georgia counties, including Athens’ Clarke County, are classified as high-transmission geographic areas for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the Georgia Geospatial Information Office, Georgia hospitals have about 14% 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 10%.
From 6.-12. February, almost all 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
12 positive tests were reported at the University’s Health Center. 20 positive tests were reported through UGA monitoring tests, 4 positive tests from UGA community members reporting from test sites in Athens, and 51 positive tests from UGA community members reporting from other test sites.
About 40 of the positive tests belonged to employees and 47 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. February, UHC administered 154 vaccines. Cumulatively, UHC has administered 33,063 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 11.-16. February, the county reported 128 new confirmed cases compared to 216 cases from 5-10. February, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The county’s seven-day average positivity rate was 10.4%. 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 admissions in Region E – which includes the ACC and several surrounding counties – was 107 per year. February 16th.
According to Georgia DPH, about 48% 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 17,529 confirmed COVID-19 cases between 11-16. February. This is a decrease from the 27,563 cases registered between 5.-10. February. The state’s seven-day average positivity rate on February 16 was 10.1%.
The number of confirmed deaths in the state decreased. Georgia recorded 427 confirmed COVID-19 deaths between 11-16. February compared to 499 between 5.-10. February.
On February 16, 2,443 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 compared to the 3,374 on February 9th.
According to DPH, about 5.7 million Georgians have been fully vaccinated, or about 55% by the state. By comparison, the United States has a current full vaccination rate of 64%. About 6.5 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.