ATLANTA, Ga. — In at least 30 of Georgia’s 159 counties, around 1 in 200 people have died of COVID-19, according to data from the New York Times.
Statewide, an average of around 1 in 360 people have died of the virus.
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The statistics show the staggering toll that COVID-19 has had on small, rural Georgia communities, where fewer people are vaccinated. Just 54% of Georgians have gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine statewide. That number is much smaller in many rural counties, with 54 counties reporting less than 40% of their populations who have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine.
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Georgia ranks #41 of 50 states in the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated, according to data from COVID ActNow. Vaccination rates are generally higher in Georgia’s metropolitan areas, but none surpass 70%.
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Georgia is currently seeing the highest death rate from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with around 108 people dying from the virus a day. A total of nearly 22,000 Georgians have died of the virus.
Nearly 2,000 of those deaths have been reported since Sept. 2, over a period of just 22 days.
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