On Thursday, Whitfield County saw a 24-hour COVID death spike of 10 people, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. NewsChannel 9 shared the data with people who live in Whitfield. "That's terrible and tragic. That's a lot of people in one day, especially for a small town that we live in," Brittany Mitchell said.
NewsChannel 9 approached Mitchell in a shopping plaza at the intersection of Cleveland Highway and the Dalton bypass. She was outside and wearing a mask. "It doesn't surprise me. Everywhere I go I don't see hardly any people wearing masks. A lot of people don't agree with it and we don't have a mask mandate."
NewsChannel 9 reached out to the Whitfield County Health Department to get a better understanding of the one-day spike. Communications specialist Jennifer King said the department would respond on Friday.
Coincidentally, the spike happens three days after the Whitfield County Commission removed the mask mandate in County buildings. On Thursday, Commission Chairman Jevin Jensen said, "The health department started at 400 vaccinations a day and now they're up to more than 600 a day, but there's such a huge demand. The Board of Commissioners set a goal of over a thousand total vaccinations a day and approved funding to setup a second site, while partnering with the City to reach this goal. This is the only way we are going to beat this pandemic."
The City of Dalton and Whitfield County will partner to set up a satellite drive-through vaccination site for vaccinations on Monday. It is for Georgians 65 and older and will happen at the Dalton Convention Center. It is by APPOINTMENT ONLY. To find out how TO SIGN UP, CLICK HERE. The goal is to vaccinate 600 people at the Center on Monday.
Meanwhile, NewsChannel 9 showed the Georgia Department of Public Health chart to several people in Whitfield. Randomly, we found Misty Hawkins who is directly involved in the battle against the virus. Hawkins said, "It's actually very surprising considering I work at the Health Department right now and we are giving out the vaccines like crazy, doing a lot of testing, doing the very best possible."