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COVID-19 cases drop in county, schools

As of Sept. 13, there were 256 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pike County, down slightly from 261 for the previous two week period, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Confirmed cases in the Pike school system dropped significantly from 183 total cases on Friday, Sept. 3 to 49 total cases as of Monday, Sept. 13, according to pike.k12.ga.us. As of Sept. 13, there were only 87 students and staff in quarantine, down 61 from Friday, Sept. 10 and down 749 from Sept. 3. 

There were eight positive students and three staff at the elementary school, eight positive students and one staff member at the high school, four positive students and one staff member at the middle school, seven positive students and one staff member at the Ninth Grade Academy, one positive student and one staff member at the pre-K and four positive students and seven staff at the primary school as of Sept. 13. There were also three non-school staff members who tested positive. There are 69 students and 18 staff who are currently quarantined. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone 12 years old and up and 28% of Pike citizens are fully vaccinated at 5,209 residents with 33% having at least one dose of the vaccine.  The vaccine is available at retail locations, doctor’s offices and the Pike County Health Department on Tuesdays. 

To make an appointment, go to district4health.org or call 888-457-0186 Mondays through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There have been more than 10 million vaccines administered in the state of Georgia with 45% of citizens fully vaccinated and 52% having at least one dose. 

Since the pandemic started, there have been 36 COVID-19 related deaths in Pike County, a total of 1,692 confirmed cases, 16 probable deaths and 103 hospitalizations. 

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