Weekly COVID-19 Updates and Resources

This weekly email is intended to keep you informed about the current status of COVID-19 in our area and surrounding areas, and provide updates and resources to you for protecting yourself and loved ones.
Status Updates

Cherokee County Status

New confirmed cases: Dec. 30 - Jan.5, 2,020 cases, with 2 deaths - 37% increase over the period of December 23-29.

Testing positivity rates from Dec. 28- Jan. 3 was 23.7% for Cherokee County. The State positivity rate for that same time period was 19.8%.

Case Update from US Department of Health and Human Services
Hospital Status (County and State)
Cherokee County is in Region N, which also includes Cobb, Douglas and Paulding Counties. 39.3% of all patients in hospitals in that region are COVID-19 positive according to data through yesterday (see chart to right). (data link:

The ICU capacity percentage for Region N can be viewed in the chart below.
Also for Region N, reported as of today, Fri., Jan. 8, 2021, from the Georgia Coordinating Center, click below to see the status of the hospitals in our region this afternoon: (link:

*Please note: these numbers are updated throughout the day.

Expanded COVID-19 vaccination begins in North Georgia on Jan. 11. Adults ages 65 and older will be among those eligible as vaccination rollout continues. To make an appointment for vaccination, call the toll-free hotline: 1-888-881-1474 or visit for your local health department information.

For information visit:

City Guidelines:

  • The mask order currently in place for indoor areas of City facilities (City Hall, Public Safety & Municipal Court) for all visitors and staff with be extended through March 31, 2021.
  • The City will not be issuing any special event permits for use of public spaces for events during the first quarter of 2021 (through March 31). 
  • The City Council will continue to meet in person for its regular Work Session (first Thursday monthly at 6 p.m.) and Meeting (third Thursday monthly at 6 p.m.). Any special called meetings will be held virtually.
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, & mouth.
  • Avoid crowded places and gathering in large groups. Stay at home if possible.
  • Social-distance: put at least 6 feet of space between yourself & others.
  • Cough or sneeze into your bent elbow or a tissue.
  • Wear a mask. Wear a mask. Wear a mask!