The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Floyd County for the two-week period from June 23 to July 6 was 37.
The number of new infections reported in the past two weeks, between July 7 and Wednesday, was 251.
That’s a 578% increase between the two time periods, for PCR and rapid antigen test results, according to Georgia Department of Health statistics.
The latest period covers the just over two week COVID-19 incubation period after the July 4 holiday.
The rise in cases has been attributed to the highly virulent delta variant of the coronavirus, which is causing surges among the unvaccinated population in Georgia and in the nation.
As of Wednesday, only 33% of eligible Floyd Countians — 31,919 residents — have been fully vaccinated, according to DPH reports. That falls well behind the state’s vaccination rate of 40%.
The real issue, especially in the Northwest Health District, is younger unvaccinated people spreading the virus to more vulnerable populations. At this point about 20% of the region’s most vulnerable people — those 65 and over — are still unvaccinated.
Public health officials have said the low vaccination rate is leading to new outbreaks. The Department of Public Health reported 2,351 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday.
The trend in Floyd County is also reflected statewide as new infection numbers have tripled in the past two weeks.
On July 7, Georgia reported a seven day moving average of 456 new cases per day; on Wednesday the moving average was 1,427 new cases a day.
The state, along with 46 other states in the U.S., has seen an increase of COVID infections over the past several weeks — and public health experts are drawing a connection between areas with big spikes and those with low vaccination rates.
It will likely take approximately two weeks to view how the new case rates affect hospitalizations and the death toll.
Floyd County reported two new COVID-19 deaths this week, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday, bringing the toll of the disease to 196 confirmed deaths and 45 probable deaths since the pandemic began in 2020.