GS announces 408 positive COVID-19 cases after first week

Eden Hodges, Editor-in-Chief

Georgia Southern saw an increase in COVID-19 cases following the holidays, announcing Monday 408 positive COVID-19 cases in the first week of class.

Since last Monday’s report, GS has seen almost 100 more cases during the first week of class than the one prior. Cases haven’t topped 400 since the second week of last semester.

GS’ all-time record for COVID-19 cases is still undefeated, however, having reported 508 cases during the second week of the fall 2020 semester.

“Although vaccines remain effective at preventing severe disease, the CDC emphasizes everyone 18 years of age and older should receive a booster dose based on decreasing protection over time and the recent emergence of the Omicron variant,” read GS’ weekly report. “We continue to urge all students, faculty, staff and visitors to get vaccinated either on campus or with a local provider. Additionally, everyone is encouraged to wear a mask or face covering while inside campus facilities.”

72 cases were reported from employees. 318 cases were reported on Statesboro’s campus, 89 on Armstrong’s campus and one on Liberty’s campus.

COVID-19 analysis:

  • Total positive cases: 408
  • University confirmed: 43
  • Self reported: 365
  • Students: 336
  • Employees: 72
  • Statesboro campus: 318
  • Armstrong campus: 89
  • Liberty campus: one
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