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Cases in Cobb County are still “extremely high,” but Cobb-Douglas Public Health Director Janet Memark hopes the peak of delta variant cases has passed, she told the Cobb Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

Another variant, the mu variant, has been identified in Georgia, Memark said, but delta still makes up more than 95% of cases.

Hospitals are still crowded as Wellstar Kennestone and Wellstar Cobb hospitals both have emergency rooms classified as severely overcrowded and are on intensive care unit diversion.

“What that means is, it’s kind of a notification to EMS services to not bring the patients over to these hospitals for these kind of problems — so we’re talking intensive care, and cardiac. Now, they won’t refuse you ... but this is just kind of letting everyone know the status of beds,” Memark said.

The fully vaccinated rate is 45% in Georgia and 52% in Cobb. The high vaccination rate in Cobb among elderly people has made a difference in hospitalizations and deaths as compared to previous surges, Memark said.

“Yet, we have a lot of people that are younger, and we are seeing people in their 30s and 40s that are being hospitalized,” Memark said. “I had somebody yesterday in their 40s ... a death that has come in, so we are seeing young folks that are being hit by this virus severely.”

The delta surge has led to record numbers of infections among children, Memark said. Those kids typically do not suffer severe effects but often serve as vectors, bringing the virus home from school to their families.

Here’s a look at Cobb County and state coronavirus numbers reported Wednesday, and how they compare to the day before. All information comes from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Cobb County's COVID-19 Numbers for Wednesday

Category 09/15/21 Change
Cases 78,293 +305
Hospitalizations 3,842 +4
Deaths 1,128 +6

Georgia's COVID-19 Numbers for Wednesday

Category 09/15/21 Change
Cases 1,173,584 +4,147
Hospitalizations 77,118 +258
Deaths 20,971 +165

As of Wednesday, Marietta-based Wellstar Health System had 670 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 89% of them unvaccinated. The system had 160 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, 93% of them unvaccinated, and 130 COVID-19 patients on a ventilator, 92% of them unvaccinated.

A Cobb-Douglas Public Health report, including data on how the coronavirus is affecting different ZIP codes, genders and ages, is available at reports.mysidewalk.com/17554e75c1#c-452027.

For the Georgia DPH’s full report, visit dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.

National data can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at cdc.gov.

 

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Laura Armstrong

If Wellstar would prescribe some kind of at-home therapeutics, perhaps their hospitals wouldn't be overflowing. I'd like to know how much Wellstar is getting financially in compensation for covid cases and deaths? Isn't it strange to incentivize covid deaths by paying for them? $30,000 per case is what they're saying re the CARE act. Meanwhile, places that prescribe ivermectin or even just an antibiotic and a steroid are having way fewer deaths. How about checking into these stories, MDJ?

David Glass

Horse dewormer doesn't work. There are currently 136 locations in Georgia where monoclonal antibody treatment is available AND it actually works. People are waiting too long to get help. What you are implying Laura is a single payer system which Republicans have rejected over and over because they drug companies and huge health systems and doctors wouldn't get rich. We have a privatized health system that obviously places profits against a patient's health. Kemp still refuses to expand Medicaid, so we are paying for those patients as Georgia taxpayers, instead of the Federal government which is all Americans sharing the cost.

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