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.