New cases of the coronavirus in Cherokee County have more than doubled in the last three weeks, state data shows.

The county has seen five straight weeks of increasing case numbers after months of decline.

Cherokee saw 135 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the seven days ending Friday, compared to 80 the week before, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Cherokee was averaging 19.3 new confirmed cases a day Friday, up from 11.3 a week before, per Georgia DPH. That's over twice the 6.9 daily case average reported July 1.

As of Friday, one death due to COVID-19 was reported this week in Cherokee County. The county was averaging 0.1 deaths per day.

Cherokee County was reporting 80 cases of COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people over the past two weeks.

Of those tested for the coronavirus in Cherokee County, an average of 7% were testing positive Friday, compared to 4.3% a week before and 4.1% June 23.

As of Friday, 41% of Cherokee County residents, or 101,881 people, were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to state data. At least 45%, or 110,801 people, had received at least one vaccine dose. Statewide, 40% of residents, or 4,136,214 people, were fully vaccinated, and nationally that figure was 162,306,039 people, or 48.9% of the population, according to the Georgia DPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Those interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine can sign up through the Georgia Department of Public Health and at private providers. Vaccines are also available at the Cherokee County Health Department facilities on Univeter Road in Canton and Main Street in Woodstock.

As of Friday, Cherokee County had a total of 23,127 confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to the Georgia DPH. Of those, 1,415 had been hospitalized with the virus and 319 had died.

For the Georgia DPH’s full COVID-19 report, visit dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report. For more about vaccinations in Georgia, visit bit.ly/3spDbqE. National data can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at cdc.gov.

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