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Clayton County is 5th statewide for COVID-19

by Robin Kemp

The Georgia Department of Public Health says that, as of 12 a.m. on Tuesday, August 24, 93.5% of the emergency room beds in Region D, of which Clayton County is a part, are full.

Georgia hospitals work in regional groups to coordinate emergency efforts.

Region D includes Forsyth, Gwinnett, Dekalb, Clayton, Fulton, Fayette, Rockdale, and Newton Counties.

In addition, 578 adults were on ventilators as of this morning, which accounts for 45.6% of ventilator capacity. By comparison, 641 people were on ventilators on January 22, the peak so far during the COVID-19 pandemic.

1,044 people are in intensive-care unit beds, which is 84.6% of the region’s ICU bed capacity.

4,602 people were in inpatient beds. That’s 87% of the district’s regular hospital bed capacity.

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As of August 24, 226,385 Clayton County residents (41%) have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. 98,135 or 35% are fully vaccinated.

In Clayton County alone, GDPH reports 28,778 confirmed cases to date and 524 residents who have died of COVID-19 and 1,622 who have been hospitalized.

Statewide, people ages 18-29 were most likely to get COVID-19 in Clayton County (137 have died), followed by people in their 30s (293 dead), 40s (713 dead), 50s (1,876 dead), and 60s (3,852 dead).

However, more children ages 10 to 17 (9 dead) have gotten COVID-19 than people in their 70s (5,443 dead).

The top five counties where COVID-19 is having the most impact are Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, Dekalb, and Clayton, in that order, according to GDPH.

If you are unsure as to whether you should get the COVID-19 vaccine, consult your healthcare provider. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, contact the Clayton County Health District.

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