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Local health officials say COVID numbers are trending positively in Savannah area

WTGS Savannah logo WTGS Savannah 3/26/2021 Cody Thomas
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Officials with the Coastal Health District said COVID-19 numbers in the Savannah area are trending in a positive direction.

Even with more than 19,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Chatham County, Coastal Health District Director Dr. Lawton Davis says our area is doing better than the state as a whole.

“We’ve had 380 deaths in Chatham County for a rate of 130.1 compared to the state rate of 150.1 per 100,000 people, so we have fared a little better than the state,” Dr. Davis said.

Dr. Davis also said our percentage of positive tests is down, along with hospitalizations.

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He said it’s still early to determine the impact of the St. Patrick’s Day crowds, but he says the recent open enrollment for vaccinations has left him pleasantly surprised.

“We are absolutely booked at the health department through this week and next week, and we’ve just opened up Monday, the day after Easter, so we’ll see how quickly that fills up,” he said.

Officials with Chatham Emergency Management said the mass vaccination site at Gulfstream was busy Friday morning, and the good news keeps coming.

Dr. Davis said a new vaccination site is coming to downtown Savannah next week.

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“The team that’s been at Gulfstream, spearheaded by Hospice Savannah, is going to begin sharing space with us on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Civic Center. We’re altering our testing so that they can do vaccinations there at the same time,” he said.

He said this comes after seeing a decrease in testing demand.

He also said they’ve begun vaccination outreach to homebound citizens with the Johnson & Johnson shots as well.

“We’ve got the vaccines, they work. We’re sort of at the corner, but we haven’t turned the corner yet, and we’re going to get people vaccinated,” he said.

He also said they’re continuing to monitor COVID variants in our area.

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