CLAYTON—Rabun County is one of a growing number of communities reporting an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases over the past month, according to the Georgia Dept. of Public Health.
Rabun has been identified as both an “emerging county of interest” and a “high transmission county” on the GDPH website.
An emerging county of interest is one that has shown both with a greater than five percent increase in COVID-19 cases over the past week.
Neighboring Union, White, and Habersham counties share the designation.
A “high transmission county” is one where the 14-day transmission rate is greater than 100 cases per 100,00 county residents and where the 14-day average for positive PCR tests (a COVID-19 test) is greater than 10 percent.
All counties bordering Rabun County share this designation.
Rabun County has had 447 cases of COVID-19 reported to date, according to GDPH.
A total of 11 Rabun County residents, ranging in age from 37-90, have died of COVID-19 related complications to date.
The website also lists Rabun County COVID-19 cases by age group:
The majority of positive cases have been in the 18-29 year old category with 92, followed by ages 60-69 (71 cases), ages 30-39 (70 cases) and ages 50-59 (63 cases).
Rabun County has reported 31 new cases in the past two weeks, for a 14-day case rate of 182.5 per 100,000 population.
The 14-day rate for nearby counties includes:
N Towns: 390.56 per 100,000 population
Union: 260.51 per 100,000 population
White: 233.01 per 100, 000 population
Habersham: 150.66 per 100,000 population
Stephens: 212.7 per 100,000 population