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COVID cases declining but deaths jump to 42

Active cases of COVID-19 in Pike County continue to decline but deaths due to the virus jumped from 37 to 42 in a week as of Monday, Sept. 27, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The number of confirmed cases dropped to 106 for the past two weeks, compared to 136 for the previous two-week period. 

The Pike County school system has seen a significant decrease in confirmed cases and quarantines, dropping to a total of nine cases with only 19 under quarantine as of Sept. 27 according to data at pike.k12.ga.us. The confirmed cases decreased by 10 from the week before and those under quarantine decreased by 30 compared to the week before. 

Since the pandemic started, there have been a total of 1,801 confirmed cases, 42 deaths, 17 probable deaths and 111 hospitalizations. 

More than 10.3 million Georgia residents have received the COVID-19 vaccine with more than half a million residents fully vaccinated at 54% of the population. 

In Pike, 31% of residents are fully vaccinated as of Sept. 27 at 5,639 vaccinated citizens and 35% 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.

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