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Senior centers begin vaccinating staff and residents

February 05, 2021 - 00:00
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    Shelley Kaiser, chief operating officer of SRI Management which operates the The Glen at Lake Oconee, receives her vaccine. CONTRIBUTED

Lake County has seen nearly 4,000 cases of COVID-19 since last March, but the counter attack is underway.

The Glen at Lake Oconee senior living community and other facilities devoted to seniors are beginning to vaccinate residents and staff and that’s some of the best news so far.

According to The Glen at Lake Oconee management, resident participation was positive and many residents are looking forward to getting the required second dose in the upcoming weeks in order to help protect the greater community from the virus.

Savannah Court also recently began vaccinating its staff and residents.

According to the latest Department of Public Health numbers, Morgan County has seen the fewest cases so far with 1,039 followed by Greene County with 1,296 and Putnam with 1,529.

Morgan County manager Adam Mestres told the Morgan County BOC that the current plan calls for at least 150 vaccinations per day of Morgan County residents depending upon supplies coming from the three manufacturers of the vaccine.

So far, Greene County has reported 35 deaths and 104 hospitalizations. The Greensboro Police Department was hit particularly hard by the virus with both Chief Rodricus Monford and his wife hospitalized for a time. Other members of the staff also came down with the virus. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office actually closed its office for a few days due to the virus.

The DPH web site says that nine Morgan County residents have died from the virus and 65 have been hospitalized. In Putnam County, 41 deaths have been attributed to the virus with 119 hospitalizations.

Clarke County lists 92 deaths and 397 hospitalizations.

Newton County lists 155 deaths and 465 hospitalizations.