Dr. Gary Voccio, the Health Director for the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Northwest Health District, is encouraged by the return to in-person events around the region, following months and months of cancellations due to coronavirus. This, he says, is largely because more and more people have been vaccinated, though many more need to be vaccinated.
These vaccines are not 100 percent effective, as there have been about 2,000 breakthrough cases of coronavirus among vaccinated individuals here in the United States; however, they are extremely effective in keeping people out of the hospital and alive, asserts Dr. Voccio.
A total of 468 new cases of coronavirus and 32 more virus-related fatalities were reported across Georgia on Tuesday by the state’s Department of Public Health.
According to the latest update by the DPH issued just before 3 pm, there have been 894,057 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide since the beginning of this pandemic. The state’s death toll currently stands at 17,962. The number of confirmed cases totaled 10,045 here in Floyd County, which has also had a total of 193 fatalities. Gwinnett County had the most confirmed cases in the state with 87,336. Fulton County had the most deaths with 1,306.
As of the most recent update to the vaccine dashboard on Tuesday, 7,094,162 vaccines have been administered across the state; 38 percent of all Georgians have received at least a dose of the vaccine, while 31 percent have been fully vaccinated.
Get more information about COVID-19 and vaccination in Georgia from the state Department of Public Health’s website at www.dph.georgia.gov.