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Georgia coronavirus deaths fall to lowest point since July



AUGUSTA, Ga. – Daily reported coronavirus deaths have plummeted in Georgia to their lowest point since July, a testament, public health experts say, to the ability of vaccines to reduce spread and protect the most vulnerable.

The falling death rate highlights the importance of vaccinating more Georgians, experts say, as the state loosens its pandemic restrictions and as the summer months bring travel and events that could increase spread.

“We are so fortunate to have these vaccines. It’s the way to get out of the pandemic,” said Ben Lopman, professor of epidemiology and environmental health at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. “They’re incredibly effective against getting infected and even better at preventing severe illness and death.”