The summer of 2021 was supposed to be the return to normal in Georgia. And in some ways it has been. Music Midtown and the Atlanta bonanza that is Labor Day weekend are still on – though many of these events are now requiring proof of vaccines or negative Covid tests. But in some parts of the state, Covid is still on the minds of many – or at least healthcare workers. 

With the new, more contagious Delta variant, new positive cases are quickly closing in on the high from January. Due to some reporting issues, the seven day moving average is one of the most accurate ways to measure new cases and the state is currently sitting at 7,857 per day. The average on July 1 was 383. The all-time high was on January 13 of 9,694. The state is now fifth in the country for Covid-related hospitalizations and the percent of inpatients with Covid is 31.9, third highest in the country.  

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