Health: Our deadliest month of the pandemic — 186 COVID deaths — also saw a 23.4% slowdown in NW Georgians getting a first dose of vaccine.

Health: Our deadliest month of the pandemic — 186 COVID deaths — also saw a 23.4% slowdown in NW Georgians getting a first dose of vaccine.

September was the deadliest month yet for the pandemic in Northwest Georgia. A combined 186 people died from COVID in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Polk and Chattooga counties last month, topping the previous record of 104 set in January. That does not include 24 “probable” deaths.

Almost as grim: Amid the surge in funerals, the number of people getting their first dose of vaccine in the region in September was 10,584 — down 23.4% from 14,169 first-dose patients in August. This past week was the worst: New first-time vaccinations dropped to 1,006 — the lowest we’ve tracked since July 23. (Above chart).

As of Friday, 40.1% of Northwest Georgians have had at least the first dose of vaccine vs. the state average of 54%.

Also, the number of people achieving the fully vaccinated goal for the week ending Oct. 1 was the lowest we’ve tracked in a month. For the week ending Sept. 3, 2,473 people had received their final dose over the previous seven days. That dropped to 2,467 for the week ending this past Friday.

Some 35.4% of Northwest Georgians were fully protected as of Oct. 1 compared to 31.7% a month earlier. The state average: 48%.

The numbers are courtesy of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s vaccine dsahboard.

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