COBB COUNTY, Georgia – The number of COVID-19 in Georgia increased with 8,630 new cases on Thursday, the highest one-day total since early September according to the Georgia Department of Health.
The 7-day average of daily cases is now 4,027, almost double what it was just a week ago. The positivity rate among those tested also reached 20% on Tuesday.
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Several communities are taking new measures due to the increase in the number of cases.
DeKalb County issued a rare emergency code red alert on Thursday. The text was sent to 566,000 residents warning them of the sudden increase in cases.
DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said, “We want everyone to have a safe and healthy vacation, but we need to be vigilant due to the upsurge in cases fueled by the omicron COVID-19 variant.”
Cobb County Commission Chair Lisa Cupid has signed a declaration of emergency. Cupid said the rate of cases in Cobb County has risen five times above what is considered a “high” transmission rate.
The statement will allow Cobb County to implement its emergency operations plan, which includes holding all or part of public meetings virtually and encourages Cobb County residents to take precautions to avoid the spread of COVID -19.
The policy will require masks to be worn inside government buildings in Cobb County, including libraries, indoor parks and senior centers.
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The policy does not affect:
- Private companies of the department.
- Cobb County School District, which is governed by the Board of Education.
- The Cobb County Court Complex, which has been under its own court order mask mandate.
- President Cupid originally signed an emergency declaration regarding the spread of COVID-19 in Cobb County in August and signed two extensions that kept the declaration in place until mid-November.
The declaration will remain in effect until January 22, 2022.
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