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DPH releases weekly COVID-19 numbers, information on N-95 mask distribution
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Medical personnel administer COVID-19 tests at Rock Creek Park. - photo by Ben Hendren

The District 2 Department of Public Health has released the weekly COVID-19 numbers update for the region, as well as information regarding N-95 mask distribution. 

According to the weekly release by the DPH, as of Jan. 31 Dawson County has seen a total of 5,816 positive cases, with a 14 day case rate per 100,000 people of 1,913. This is an increase of about 244 cases from the DPH’s last case update on Jan. 20. 

The release said that the percent positive over the last two weeks is 37.5 percent, and the county has seen 370 total hospitalizations and 85 total deaths, an increase of three hospitalizations and two deaths from the last release. 

The release also detailed the most current COVID-19 vaccine numbers. As of Jan. 31, 25,201 vaccines have been administered. 11,214 people, or 46 percent of residents, have received one dose, and 10,369 people, or 42 percent of residents, are fully vaccinated. 

The DPH also released information about N-95 mask distribution. According to the release, several retailers are or will begin distributing N-95 masks to those who need them, including Publix, Food Lion, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart, with Kroger and CVS planning to release more information in the coming weeks. According to the DPH release, many retailers are imposing a 3 per person limit, and many of the retail pharmacies participating in the program may vary on a state-by-state basis. 

The DPH release added that the Health Resources and Services Administration (NRSA) has put together a list of health centers that have N-95 masks available, which are organized by state. To view the NRSA list, go to https://bphc.hrsa.gov/emergency-response/covid-19-n95-masks/participants

For more information regarding COVID-19 numbers, testing or vaccination, go to http://www.phdistrict2.org/