Only nine new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past week, according to the report from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The total number of cases of the virus reported in Banks County since March 2020 is 1,602 — up from 1,593 reported for the same period last week.

In Banks County, 33 people (same as last week) have died from COVID-19 in the past year and 183 (up one from last week) have been hospitalized.

This week, the Banks County School System reports there are three students with a current positive COVID-19 status among the 2,717-student population. There are 55 students quarantined due to possible exposure.

Of the 405 employees, one has a current positive COVID-19 status and six are quarantined due to possible exposure.

VACCINE UPDATE

Eligible residents who want to make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine can do so by calling 1-888-426-5073 or registering online at www.phdistrict2.org.

To register for an appointment at one of the four state-operated mass vaccination sites, do so online at myvaccinegeorgia.com. One of the mass sites is located in Habersham County.

The state has expanded the list of eligible people to those individuals who are age 16 and up. Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine approved for teens 16 and 17 years old. Schedule an appointment at CVS or Walgreens or at one of the GEMA mass vaccination sites to ensure Pfizer vaccine is available.

For updates on COVID-19, follow @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook.

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