Local COVID-19 Detection Rates Remain Level into 2021


Habersham’s covid cases remains flat for the week just ended. The Johns Hopkins website indicates Habersham is averaging right at 44 per day. The number of positives per capita still trails White and Rabun slightly which lead the region. 


And the Georgia Department of health is ramping up for Phase 1-B next Monday. That phase includes everyone older than 65 along with younger members of law enforcement and fire. Public health officer Dave Palmer says in a press release that testing will be more limited, now between 8:00 am to 9:00 am only next week, for symptomatic first responders, school employees and court system personnel by appointment. This is so that health workers can be diverted to vaccination facilities.


And as for the newer strain of Covid 19 that is just now affecting Americans, Habersham Medical center CEO Tyler Williams is optimistic that the vaccines will still be effective against it.


It was a quiet weekend on the county streets says Sgt Oneal Saddler of the local Georgia State Patrol. The rest of the state saw double the number of holiday season fatalities over last year’s total.


Further discussion of the downtown streetscape project will be a focus at tonight’s City of Clarkesville meeting. The election of a new mayor pro tem is expected tonight too. The meeting begins at 6.