As the state shifts to weekly updates on COVID vaccination rates, we checked on how our communities did vs. Georgia’s statewide average. The answer depends on your opinion of vaccinations, COVID precautions and the pandemic.
In terms of those receiving a single dose, both doses (or one dose not requiring a second shot) and fully vaccinated with a booster as well, the gap between local reports and state averages is big — from 15 to 32 points for those completing a first dose to 11 to 17 points for the second/completed dose package.
The numbers are closer for those opting for a booster as well. The state average was 23% on April 15 v. 18% in Floyd, 16% in Bartow, Gordon and Chattooga counties, and 15% in Polk County.
Since the pandemic began in March 2020:
- 71,084 residents in Northwest Georgia have tested positive for COVID.
- 1,315 residents have died from COVID.
- 234 residents died from conditions ‘probably’ tied to COVID.
There’s a 15-point difference between Floyd County’s first-dose vaccination percentage (49%) and the statewide average (64%). And it goes down from there across Northwest Georgia: 45% in Polk, 44% in Gordon, 43% in Bartow and 42% in Chattooga.
That represents 47,441 of Floyd County residents, up 454 people since the Feb. 25 report.
As of April 15, health officials say 56% of Georgians had completed their initial vaccination regime — two doses in many cases but single-dose applications in others. Floyd County, the highest in our region, was still 19 points behind the statewide average. Polk had 42% while Bartow and Gordon had 40% each and 39% in Chattooga County.
In all, 44,099 Floyd residents had been fully vaccinated, up 637 people since Feb. 25.
In just over four months, there was little growth in Northwest Georgia residents who had completed initial COVID vaccinations and opted for the first booster. The state average as of April 15 was 23%; Floyd was at 18% and most other area counties at 16%.
Through April 15, Floyd had 18,499 residents fully protected, up 453 from the Feb. 25 report.