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Another COVID-19 death; cases on decline

Another COVID-19 death was recorded, increasing the number of victims in Pike County to 37 since the pandemic started. 

The number of cases in Pike was at 136 for the past two weeks on Sept. 20, compared to 256 in the previous two week period, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. 

The number of positive cases in the school system is down significantly, at 29 as of Monday, Sept. 20, compared to 49 on the previous Monday, Sept. 13 and 184 cases on Sept. 2, according to pike.k12.ga.us. 

Since the pandemic started, there have been a total of 1,746 confirmed cases in Pike, 37 deaths, 17 probable deaths and 106 hospitalizations. 

More than 10 million Georgia residents have received the COVID-19 vaccine with nearly half a million residents fully vaccinated. 

In Pike County, 29% of residents are fully vaccinated as of Sept. 20 with 5,404 vaccinated citizens and 34% of residents having at least one dose of the vaccine. 

To make an appointment to get the vaccine at the health department, go to district4health.org or call 888-457-0186 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pike schools have seen a dramatic decrease in confirmed cases since the start of September. As of Monday, there were 24 positive students and five positive staff members, including eight positive cases at the high school, seven at the elementary school, six at the middle school, four at the Ninth Grade Academy two at the primary school and one at the pre-K. 

The number of total quarantined students and staff has decreased dramatically as well, falling to 59 currently under quarantine, down from 841 on Sept. 1. 

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