New Year's Eve in the Crossroads came with an unfortunate update last Thursday when Victoria County saw 73 new cases of COVID-19.

Victoria County also logged its seventh straight day of exceeding the 15% hospitalization threshold meaning business owners could be looking at a further reduction of operating capacity according to the Governor's order GA-32. reported that the Victoria County Public Health Department noted 73 new cases on Thursday of last week. Additional totals from the county's COVID-19 dashboard can be found here.

Outlined in the Governor's order GA-32 is the hospitalization rate threshold. If COVID-19 hospitalization reached 15% for 7 days, any non-essential businesses will be asked to reduce operational capacity from 75% down to 50%. If a reduction of capacity takes place, Victoria would have to then fall BELOW the Governor's mark of 15% hospitalization for the reduction to be lifted from 50% back up to 75%. also reports that some Victoria businesses may not be able to provide services during this time. All hospitals in the area would need to suspend any unnecessary surgery until COVID-19 numbers fall back below the 15% limit according to the Governor's order.

Currently, vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are being given to the areas' first responders and health care workers who are at a greater risk of coming in contact with the virus. These vaccines are expected to be available for the general public a little later in the year.

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