Mask Requirements in Athens-Clarke County

The 33rd local declaration of emergency approved by the Mayor & Commission on August 2, 2022 continues to include a mask requirement in public spaces and private entities under certain conditions. The declaration will run through September 7, 2022 unless renewed, amended, or rescinded by the Mayor and Commission.

  • As per changes to the local order, the mask requirement is enforced when the CDC Community Level is "High." As of August 4, 2022 Athens-Clarke County's Community Level is listed as "Medium" and the mask requirement is not in effect.
  • As per a statewide executive order issued by the governor, the mask requirement is only in effect for private entities that choose to opt into the requirement.
  • The CDC Community Level is updated every Thursday by 8:00 PM
Weekly update of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Athens-Clarke County
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    The CDC classifies Athens-Clarke County's COVID-19 Community Level as Medium in its latest data report on Thursday, August 11. As a result, the local mask requirement is no longer in effect. Read on...
  2. Free at-home COVID-19 tests available at covidtests.gov

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28,393 Positive Cases Confirmed in Athens-Clarke County, 230 Deaths as of August 1, 2022

The state Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) case tracker (https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report) confirms 28,393 positive cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including 230 deaths, in Athens-Clarke County as of August 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:

  • August 1, 2022 - 28,393
  • July 1, 2022 - 27,453
  • June 1, 2022 - 26,707
  • May 1, 2022 - 26,278
  • 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.