On Tuesday, a 13-year-old Coosa High eighth grader died from COVID, the youngest yet in Northwest Georgia since the pandemic began. On Friday night, Coosa High hosted crosstown rival Armuchee High. A previously scheduled vaccination clinic was held there as well; we’re told 28 people got their first dose, including eight students — a good number.
That might be the only “highlight” from the past week where the delta variant continued to claim lives and infect several thousand people across Northwest Georgia. Between Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, Northwest Georgia posted 21 COVID deaths. Another 2,854 area residents saw their COVID tests come back as positive.
The spread is continuing mostly because our communities are ignoring pleas to take the vaccine, identified as “the only way out” of the current wave of the pandemic by Dr. Gary Voccio, director of the Northwest District office of the state’s Department of Public Health.
As a region, we’re not listening. Through Friday, 31.7% of the 337,000 people living in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Polk and Chattooga counties were fully protected. A caveat: The overall number includes those 12 and under who are too young yet for vaccinations. Just under 37% of Northwest Georgians have had at least on dose of the vaccines requiring two jabs. We don’t have a number yet on those already getting a booster shot, or third dose.
- Tuesday: Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Rome campus, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., building H-101 (with the Georgia Department of Public Health).
- Friday: Rome High’s football game at Barron Stadium.
- Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available daily for eligible individuals at health departments: Bartow (770) 382-1920 / Chattooga (706) 857-3471 / Floyd (706) 295-6123 / Gordon (706) 624-1444 / Polk (770) 749-2270