Local health district phases out its COVID "Operations Summary," so how can people still keep up?


The North Central Health District's "Operations Summary" has been a wealth of localized COVID-19 information since the middle of 2020, offering charts, graphs and a COVID snapshot for Baldwin and the other 12 surrounding counties that comprise this health district.

Pictured above is a screen grab from the North Central Health District's final Operations Summary, released on Feb. 28.

Due to "declining case counts" and "limited staffing," however, the Operations Summaries are now a thing of the past, according to Michael Hokanson with the NCHD. The final Operations Summary was released on Feb. 28.

There are still ways to keep up with the data, obviously. The Georgia Department of Health's online dashboard is still going strong and is updated daily. For whatever it's worth, Baldwin County and the rest of the state are in relatively good shape right now. Locally, there were eight new documented COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days at last check, placing Baldwin in the "Low" transmission category.

That's a far cry from early January, when people were scrambling to find COVID testing around town, often with no luck, and cars wrapped around the YDC parking lot by the new health department. A total of 724 new cases were recorded in Baldwin County between Jan. 2 to Jan. 16, which at the time represented 11 percent of all local COVID-19, dating all the way back to March of 2020, as the Omicron variant knocked an unprecedented number of people out of work and school this week, and new COVID-19 cases in Baldwin County remained at record levels. Baldwin County averaged between 45–70 new cases per day during the first 15 days of January. Compare that to the first 15 days of December, when Baldwin averaged between 1–2 new cases per day.

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