210116-Atlanta- Ronald Murphey looks away as he gets his COVID-19 vaccine during an event Saturday morning, Jan. 16, 2021, for Fulton County School employees and their spouses who are 65 and older at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Photo: Ben Gray for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
By Johnny Edwards
Georgia has hit two staggering statistics in the battle against COVID-19: more than 800,000 cases diagnosed and more than 14,000 deaths.
Rates of infections and hospitalizations are on the decline, but still not down to the levels they were before the devastating holiday surge. The death rate remains problematic, one of the highest in the nation.
Health experts continue to warn that another shoe could still drop. If residents let down their guard and one of the more-contagious variant strains takes hold, more havoc could follow, they say.