gloved hand holds vial of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

413 new cases last week

by Robin Kemp

As of April 3, 2022, at least 888 Clayton County residents have died of COVID-19, according to county health officials. The case count as of Sunday stands at 57,703.

413 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Clayton County last week after Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill ending mandatory mask-wearing. Clayton County Public Schools were forced to drop their mask mandate as a result of the new law. Health experts and available scientific evidence indicate wearing a mask lessens the chances of spreading COVID-19 from person to person, especially in indoor spaces.

Also as of Sunday, April 3:

  • 51% of Clayton County residents have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. That’s 144,125 people–about the population of Bridgeport, CT.
  • 46% have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s 130,529 people, a little more than the population of Columbia, SC.
  • 38% have had a booster vaccination. That’s 50,354 people, slightly less than Bobby Dodd Stadium at Georgia Tech.

Jonesboro and Riverdale continue to be the cities where you’re most likely to catch COVID-19, with a 1500% increase in cases in 30260 last week.

Healthcare professionals note that it is possible to catch and spread the COVID-19 virus even if you’ve been vaccinated–but add that vaccination greatly improves your chances of avoiding hospitalization and death from the virus.

Locally, 396 of the 413 people confirmed with COVID-19 last week were unvaccinated. All four people who died of COVID-19 in hospitals last week were unvaccinated.

Nine fully-vaccinated people were diagnosed with COVID-19. One of them was hospitalized.

One partially vaccinated person and seven who had been fully vaccinated and gotten a booster shot also came down with COVID-19.

If you have questions about whether vaccination is the right choice for your health, contact the Clayton County Health District at (678) 479-2223. You can schedule COVID-19 test or vaccination on their website.



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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