GS announces 502 positive COVID-19 cases after second week

GS just 6 positive cases away from new all-time record

Eden Hodges, Editor-in-Chief

Georgia Southern saw an increase in COVID-19 cases last week, announcing Monday 502 positive COVID-19 cases in the second week of class, an almost 100-case jump from the previous report.

This report approaches GS’ all-time record of COVID-19 cases, having reported 508 cases during the second week of the fall 2020 semester. This is the second week in a row where cases have jumped by nearly 100.

On January 14, Bulloch County reached a new record at 172.5 positive COVID-19 cases per 100k each day. Their previous record was a little over 150 a day per 100k in late August of 2021, according to CovidActNow.

“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.” 

87 cases were reported from employees. 406 cases were reported on Statesboro’s campus, 94 on Armstrong’s campus and two on Liberty’s campus.

COVID-19 analysis:

  • Total positive cases: 502
  • University confirmed: 28
  • Self reported: 474
  • Students: 415
  • Employees: 87
  • Statesboro campus: 406
  • Armstrong campus: 94
  • Liberty campus: two
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