by Robin Kemp

The Clayton County Health District reports that, as of September 26, 2021, at least 33,451 Clayton County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 601 have died since the start of the epidemic last year. Last week, 1,069 residents tested positive for COVID-19. In the past two weeks, 1,926 Clayton County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Georgia Department of Public Health figures available late Monday.

However, 127,207 Clayton County residents–45%–have gotten at least one dose of COVID-10 vaccine and 109,966 or 39% are fully vaccinated.

As of press time, COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 through 11 are likely to be up for approval, CNN reports.

African-Americans are far and away the group most affected in Clayton County:

Source: Clayton County Health District

Here’s how the virus has affected people in different age groups:

Age Cases% of cases
0 to 92,2966.9%
10 to 194,11712.3%
20 to 295,92917.8%
30 to 396,23318.7%
40 to 495,32516%
50 to 594,72614.2%
60 to 692,9498.84%
70+1,7965.38%
Source: Clayton County Health District/Georgia Dept. of Public Health

Cases continue to rise among people from ages 10 through 39 in Clayton County:

Source: Clayton County Health District

Children ages 12 to 16 can get the vaccine now, and people 65 or older or who have certain health issues can get a recommended third Pfizer booster shot. You can find a location near you and find out whether you need an appointment or whether you can walk in at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.

After the final vaccine in your series, there’s about a two-week window before it’s fully effective. However, medical experts say you are far more likely to survive a COVID-19 infection if you are vaccinated than if you are not. Out of all the positive cases in Clayton County, 1.9% of those or 1,935 people have been hospitalized. However, 1.4% of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and then been hospitalized have died.

Here’s a look at how many of these “breakthrough” cases applied to Georgians:

Source: Georgia Department of Public Health
Source: Georgia Department of Public Health

Clayton County makes up 2.8% of COVID-19 cases statewide.

Over the past week in Clayton County, the average percent of positive PCR tests is 11.6%, ot 10,941 people per 100,000. If you take into account positive results for both PCR and antigen tests, the number jumps to 12,247 per 100,000 Clayton County residents.

Finally, these are the COVID-19 figures by city:

Source: Clayton County Health District
Source: Clayton County Health District


And by zip code:

Source: Clayton County Health District

For questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, consult your health care provider. If you don’t have one, or if you need help finding a vaccination, call the Clayton County Health District at (678) 479-2223.

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