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Four southern states set new COVID-19 records as September kicks off

Four states in the U.S. South are posting record COVID-19 cases to start September, as the pandemic continues to slam unvaccinated pockets of the country.

Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Tennessee are each averaging a new seven day record of new cases.

The new records indicate how contagious the Delta variant is, as previous records from winter were set before vaccines were widely available.

Hospitalizations are up as well, with more than 100,000 being recorded every day nationwide as America continues to weather the Covid-storm at the end of summer.

Georgia is recording a record 10,840 new cases every day. Schools in the state have been slammed especially hard

Tennessee is averaging a record 9,912 new cases per day. The Volunteer state's Department of Health was recently exposed for undercounting total hospitalizations by over 5,000

Tennessee is averaging a record 9,912 new cases per day. The Volunteer state’s Department of Health was recently exposed for undercounting total hospitalizations by over 5,000

Georgia is averaging 10,840 new cases per day, a 32 percent increase over the past two weeks. The Peach state does not report cases daily. 

Schools in the state have been hit especially hard by the virus, with thousands of students and staff having to quarantine in the opening weeks. 

More than 23,000 people had to enter quarantine in Atlanta area schools after either testing positive for the virus or being exposed to it. 

Lamar County, around 50 miles south of Atlanta, suspended school for two weeks after so many staff members were quarantined that the schools could no longer function.

Democrats in the state have called to close down schools until the situation gets under control.  

The state also has 5,880 people currently hospitalized with the virus, also a record

Only 52 percent of Georgia residents have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, well behind the 62 percent national pace.

Tennessee is averaging 9,912 new cases per day, eclipsing a previous record set in December.

Cases have grown by nearly 80 percent over the past two weeks, though Tennessee also does not report cases daily. 

The state has also been embroiled in controversy after recent reports the state’s Department of Health underreported COVID-19 hospitalizations by over 5,000 over the last 14 months.

According to a report by The Tennessean, many of the unreported hospitalizations were from over the record winter surge where dozens of ICU patients when unrecorded every day.

After revisions, the Volunteer State has now suffered 29,694 hospitalizations from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Half of Tennessee residents have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine so far.

In July, the state’s top vaccine official, Dr Michelle Fiscus, stepped down under pressure from state leadership after accusations the Department of Health was attempting to undermine parents by offering the vaccine to minors.

State Republicans also attempted to abolish the entire Department of Health due to the accusations. 

Tennessee suspended all vaccine outreach for minors in mid-July, a move Democrats say may hinder efforts to reach herd immunity against COVID-19. 

South Carolina is currently the state with the biggest COVID-19 outbreak, with one out of every 1,000 residents being infected with the virus. The state is also averaging a record 6,592 new cases every day

South Carolina is currently the state with the biggest COVID-19 outbreak, with one out of every 1,000 residents being infected with the virus. The state is also averaging a record 6,592 new cases every day

Kentucky is averaging a record 4,840 new cases per day. The state's poison control is reporting a surge in calls regarding misuse of the anti-parasite drug ivermectin

Kentucky is averaging a record 4,840 new cases per day. The state’s poison control is reporting a surge in calls regarding misuse of the anti-parasite drug ivermectin

South Carolina is currently suffering the biggest outbreak of the virus of any state in the country. 

One out of every 1,000 South Carolinians recorded a new COVID-19 case on August 31, the highest rate per capita in America. 

New daily cases have increased by 53 percent over the past two weeks in South Carolina. 

The Palmetto State, which also does not report cases daily, averaged a record 6,592 cases per day on September 1.

The state also reported 86 Covid deaths on Wednesday, the highest single day total since February.

Fifty-two percent of residents of the state have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, also behind the national pace. 

Kentucky is recording a record 4,840 new COVID-19 cases every day, another record as the state loses control of its virus situation towards the end of summer. 

Some Kentuckians are attempting to combat the virus using their own remedies, particularly using ivermectin, a deworming drug that has been mischaracterized as a potential COVID-19 cure by some.

The state’s poison control reports a swell in calls regarding ivermectin, as some are using dosages of the drug meant for animals like horses and cows to treat themselves at home.

Doses for animals are much larger than ones meant for humans, though the drug is safe for a person if used in proper amounts.  

Kentucky has a higher vaccination rate than the others at 57 percent. 

Nationwide, 62 percent of Americans have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine and 52 percent are fully vaccinated.

The country is also averaging 166,000 new cases every day, and 18 percent increase over the past two weeks.

While cases are growing, they are growing at a smaller rate than before, which could be a signal that the Delta variant-fueled surge is coming to a close.

Hospitalizations still remain high as well though, with 101,000 people hospitalized with the virus every day and 78 percent of ICU beds in the entire country being occupied right now. 


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