"We need to do a better job following the public health guidelines, especially now that the more contagious variant of COVID-19 is in our communities".
The twin peaks, arriving six and eight days after a major holiday, appear to confirm the concerns expressed by epidemiologists, public health experts and health care leaders throughout December: Getting too close to each other during the holidays will come at a awful cost in the new year.
The province recorded three COVID-19 deaths of health-care workers this past week. The county has recorded 23 COVID-related deaths.
According to the Associated Press, Thursday ranked as one of the deadliest days in US history, with the COVID-19 toll far outstripping the almost 3,000 killed on 9/11 and exceeding the combined total of almost 3,900 USA lives lost on D-Day and at Pearl Harbor.More news: National Basketball Association players react to violence at U.S. Capitol
Bulloch has now recorded 3,972 total COVID cases, which have resulted in 38 deaths and 169 local residents being hospitalized since the pandemic began in March.
According to the Allegheny County covid website, officials are estimating that more than 20,000 people have now recovered from the virus.
The province also updated vaccination numbers on Saturday saying that 42,333 people have now received a dose, up 4,647 from Friday. That's also called "herd immunity" and would involve vaccinating at least 75% of the population.
There are 5,318 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, near double the peak in the spring.More news: Nintendo 'laughed' at Microsoft over takeover proposal
The case rate per 100,000 people over two weeks must decline by 10% compared to the previous two weeks. Georgia has seen hospitalizations increase nearly every day since November 15. Hospitalizations did drop slightly to 132,370 on Thursday.
The Department of Health confirmed that there were 10,045 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 713,310.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, 23 positive cases of the virus have been confirmed. Georgia Southern will report again on Monday, Jan. 11.
The boost in cases would also be putting extra strain on managed isolation and quarantine facilities. The college has had a total of 110 cases across its three campuses since August 17.More news: Carry On and EastEnders star Dame Barbara Windsor laid to rest