COVID-19 infection levels in Barrow County have continued a dreadful spike in the last week with 71 new cases confirmed in the county Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Public Health and a rolling seven-day average of 62.7 new daily cases.

Another three COVID-19-related deaths among county residents were also confirmed in the last week, bringing the total of confirmed deaths to 146 in addition to another five “probable” deaths listed.

Area hospitalization numbers have also been steadily increasing with Northeast Georgia Health System reporting Tuesday morning that it was up to 248 patients confirmed to have COVID across its facilities and another 36 awaiting test results.

There were 11 COVID-positive patients at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Barrow in Winder and 76 at NGMC Braselton. The Winder hospital reported having three beds available as of Tuesday morning.

The rate of county residents considered fully vaccinated was at 34% as of Tuesday morning, according to DPH data.

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Cheryl Brownstein

On Jan 7, 2021 I wrote these words to the Chairwoman of the Barrow County Board of Commissioners asking her and the Board to act in the best interest of her friends, neighbors and constituents. I asked her to please defy Governor Kemp's murderous uncaring bans. "Today, January 1, 2021 is the start of a brand new year. 2020 left us with four thousand nine hundred fifty four (4955) sick Barrow Countians. Currently of the people being tested, thirtytwo.three percent (32.3) are positive. The county has zero (0) ICU beds and the Region E is also including four add on beds. Sixty-seven (67) people have died. This has all happened under your 2020 plan to handle the virus. As our elected leaders, we are asking is this the plan you are going to follow for 2021? Should we expect 10,000 sickened and 130 deaths?" This was pre-Delta.

I was wrong. As of 8'31, Barrow County has 150 dead, 10,909 cases and a positivity rate of almost 28%. Still we have NO leadership.

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