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DPH releases updated COVID-19 cases, vaccination numbers for Dawson County
COVID-19 tests are performed on the public Friday, May 15, 2020, in the parking lot of the Flor de Jalisco supermarket. State leaders spent time at the site in Gainesville’s largely Latino business district on Atlanta Highway as they sought to learn more about the area’s unique issues with and reaction to COVID-19. - photo by Scott Rogers

This week, the District Public Health (DPH) released updated COVID-19 case and vaccination numbers for the counties in District 2, including Dawson County. 

According to the release, as of the end of December Dawson County has seen 4,586 total positive cases, with 359 total hospitalizations and 78 total deaths. The 14-day case rate, or the number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, is 1,033. 

The release also reported vaccination information for Dawson County. According to the release, there have been 24,376 total vaccines administered in the county. This means that 11,078 people, or 45 percent of Dawson County residents, have received one dose, with 10,260 people, or 42 percent or residents, who have been fully vaccinated. 

The DPH continues to caution the community to do everything possible to prevent further spread of the virus, including washing hands, wearing a mask and considering vaccination. If you are exhibiting symptoms of the virus, the DPH says to get tested and quarantine away from other people. 

“Testing is still in high demand,” the release said. “District 2 is working with testing vendors to open more sites.” 

For more information, including where to get testing or where to get a vaccine, go to the DPH website at