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COVID cases hit record high in Pike

COVID cases in Pike passed 300 for the first time since the pandemic started in 2020, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. As of Jan. 17, there were  303 confirmed cases over the past two weeks, compared to 189 in the previous two-week period. 

Confirmed COVID cases in the school system spiked as well, increasing by 16 from the week before to a total of 39 confirmed cases on Jan. 13. 

The high school had the most cases at 15, followed by nine cases at both the middle and elementary schools, four non-school cases and one case at the primary and Ninth Grade Academy schools. There were a total 82 students and staff in quarantine as a result of exposure. 

The number of deaths in Pike rose to 54 and probable deaths rose to 22 with  148 hospitalizations.  

Thirty-four percent of Pike residents are fully vaccinated at 6,306. More than 5.5 million citizens in Georgia are fully vaccinated at 54% of the population. 

The vaccine is available for citizens age 5 and older. To schedule an appointment, go to vaccinefinder.org or call the Health Department Vaccine Scheduling Resourse Line at 888-457-0186 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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