Jul 26, 2021 - Health

Savannah reimposes indoor mask mandate

Nurses preparing a dose of coronavirus vaccine in Savannah, Georgia, in December 2020.
Nurses preparing a dose of coronavirus vaccine in Savannah, Ga., in December 2020. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Savannah, Georgia, will again require people to wear face masks while inside public places because of a “steep and alarming rise” in COVID-19 cases, Mayor Van Johnson announced Monday, per AP.

Why it matters: Savannah is the most recent major U.S. city to reimpose some coronavirus restrictions in response to an increase in cases and hospitalizations.

By the numbers: Chatham County's seven-day rolling average of new cases has sharply increased over the last week.

  • The county is currently reporting an average of 62 new cases per day, according to state data.
  • The county also registered 55 hospitalizations from the virus on July 23.

The big picture: Statewide, cases are almost five times as high as they were in late June, according to AP.

Go deeper: COVID cases are up 55% across the U.S.

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