In the last six months as the free COVID-19 vaccine has become more readily available, there is still less than seven percent of the Grady County population that is fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Of the 24,540 Grady County residents, only 1,649 of us have gotten either both of the two-shot regimen or the one single-shot vaccine as of Tuesday, June 8. That is 6.7 percent of residents living in Grady County who are considered fully vaccinated by C.D.C. guidelines.
Still, the number of new COVID-19 cases per week here continues to remain steady in the low teens while the total number of cases here surpassed 1,600 this week, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 1,606 new COVID-19 cases involving Grady County residents, 12 of those were recorded in the last week.
The number of local residents succumbing to the disease remained unchanged here this week at 49.
Neighboring counties continue to have steady numbers, as well, with Decatur seeing zero new cases in the last seven days while Mitchell County had two and Thomas County had 17.
None of the counties reported any new deaths in the last week. Decatur County has a total of 55, Mitchell has a total of 74 and Thomas has a total of 114 deaths attributed to COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic.
Information on new cases and deaths in neighboring Florida counties will no longer be easily accessed as the state is no longer updating its COVID-19 dashboard, which tracked such information.
As of Tuesday, Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville was treating three COVID-positive patients, while none of the other hospitals operated by Archbold Medical Center, including Grady General, Mitchell County and Brooks County hospitals, had such patients, according to Shealy Register, spokeswoman.