Teenage boy and mother smile as a nurse vaccinates him
2006 Content Provided by: Judy Schmidt This photograph shows a 13 year old male receiving an intramuscular vaccination in the deltoid muscle, from a nurse. Vaccinations are most often given via the intramuscular route in the deltoid or thigh muscle, to optimize the immune response of the vaccine and reduce the adverse reactions in and around the injection site.

1,400 new cases last week

by Robin Kemp

The Clayton County Health District and Georgia Department of Public Health say that 50% of Clayton County residents have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since the pandemic began. 44% of Clayton County residents are fully vaccinated. And one in three people in Clayton County has a booster shot on top of a full vaccination.

Teenagers 15 to 19 are even more likely to be vaccinated at 50.1%.

Although the virus is rampaging through the county, the past two-week period has seen significant drops in the percent of cases across nearly all zip codes. In 30236, cases were down 86%, from 7 to 1. In 30237, cases plummeted from 10 to 1, a 90% drop. Most other zip codes saw a drop of 28% to 58% fewer cases over the previous 14 days:

Table: Clayton County Health District/GA Dept. of Public Health

That doesn’t mean it’s safe yet–but it does mean that masking and vaccination are working.

Another 1,400 people tested positive for COVID-19 for the week ending Sunday, January 24, 2022.

Map: Clayton County Health District/GA Dept. of Public Health

As of Sunday, Clayton County has had 48,929 positive cases. 762 Clayton County residents are known to have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Jonesboro still leads with the most cases at 15,663 as of Sunday. Riverdale was in second place with 9,834.

The vaccination “funnel” showed only unvaccinated people died last week–as it has for the past several weeks.

Between January 17 and January 23, 1,400 people came down with COVID-19:

  • 1,103 were unvaccinated
  • 32 were partially vaccinated
  • 192 were fully vaccinated
  • 73 were fully vaccinated and had had a booster shot

Of those 1,400 people, 55 had to be hospitalized:

  • 34 were unvaccinated
  • 9 were partially vaccinated
  • 9 were fully vaccinated
  • 3 were fully vaccinated and had had a booster

Of the 55 people who were hospitalized, 2 died:

  • Both were unvaccinated.

    Table: Clayton County Health District/GA Dept. of Public Health

If you have questions or concerns about whether vaccination is right for you or your loved ones, contact your primary care physician. If you don’t have a doctor, call the Clayton County Health District at (678) 479-2223. Vaccinations and testing are free.

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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