Mask Requirements in Athens-Clarke County

The 28th local declaration of emergency approved by the Mayor & Commission on April 5, 2022 continues to include a mask requirement in public spaces and private entities under certain conditions. However,

  • As per a statewide executive order issued by the governor, private entities must opt in to the requirement.
  • As per the local order, the mask requirement is not enforced when the case rate is below 100 per 100,000 in the last 7 days per the CDC (see below).
  • The CDC case rate is updated in a graphic every Wednesday on this page below and on social media. Daily updates are available at the CDC website.
  • Although not a part of this order, but part of local operational policies, ACCGov buildings continue to have mask requirements when Athens-Clarke County is in high community transmission levels as per the CDC. Notice should be posted on doors to ACCGov buildings.
    • As of March 1, masks are optional for anyone entering the Courthouse.
    • As of March 1, masks are optional for ACCGov facilities based on CDC guidance (not being in a High Community Level).
    • Masks continue to be required on Transit buses as per federal regulations.
    • Masks are recommended for wearing by CDC guidance in correctional facilities.
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Weekly update of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Athens-Clarke County

26,176 Positive Cases Confirmed in Athens-Clarke County, 215 Deaths as of April 1, 2022

The state Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) case tracker (https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report) confirms 26,176 positive cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including 215 deaths, in Athens-Clarke County as of April 1, 2022. For more details and statistics, visit the DPH daily status report website.

These are cumulative positive cases total since February 25, 2020. For reference, numbers from the beginning of each month:

  • April 1, 2022 - 26,176
  • March 1, 2022 - 26,034
  • February 1, 2022 - 25,374
  • January 1, 2022 - 19,566
  • December 1, 2021 - 17,672
  • November 1, 2021 - 17,392
  • October 1, 2021 - 16,993
  • September 1, 2021 - 15,280
  • August 1, 2021 - 13,291
  • July 1, 2021 - 12,951
  • June 1, 2021 - 12,893
  • May 1, 2021 - 12,752
  • April 1, 2021 - 12,436
  • March 1, 2021 - 12,003
  • February 1, 2021 - 11,162
  • January 1, 2021 - 8,580
  • December 1, 2020 - 6,723
  • November 1, 2020 - 5,872
  • October 1, 2020 - 5,121
  • September 1, 2020 - 3,082
  • August 1, 2020 - 1,694
  • July 1, 2020 - 574
  • June 1, 2020 - 293
  • May 1, 2020 - 155
  • April 1, 2020 - 54
  • March 1, 2020 - 4

Note that numbers are indicated as reported around the first of each month. Numbers are not updated later in the month for any data corrections, but would be reflected in the next month's count.

The Daily Status Report is updated once daily at 3:00 PM to allow time to process and validate laboratory and case reports. If you view the data, please be sure to check the area showing the definitions of the information presented. Some, such as "hospitalizations," have different meanings than what may be expected.