April 26, 2021
COVID-19 & Vaccination Update:
From the Desk of Mayor Mike Bodker
Please Stay Cautious & Smart!

Johns Creek has seen a continued plateau of the COVID-19 Incidence Rate over the last several reporting periods. Please be aware the virus still continues to spread and that viruses like the coronavirus change and mutate naturally and variants are expected over time. I urge you all to continue with caution, stay smart, and practice social distancing, avoid anything but small gatherings, wash hands frequently, and wear a mask when in public.
 
The data reflect a slight stabilization of new diagnosis across the county and a relative leveling of the Incidence Rate levels in Johns Creek. The most recent increase was a 7.7 percent change for the two week reporting period (4/3 to 4/16), when compared to the previous two weeks (3/20 to 4/2). Over that same period, Johns Creek maintained the lowest Incidence Rate of new diagnosis (83.7) in all Fulton County cities (Atlanta 148, Alpharetta 99.8, Roswell 95.5, Milton 94.3, and Sandy Springs 88.2).
  
Getting Our Community Vaccinated
 
Nearly one-quarter of all Fulton County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine and almost one-fifth of the county has been fully vaccinated. And according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, just over 140 million people in the US have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, an important milestone for a nation that has suffered the world’s highest death toll due to the pandemic. Lastly, about 94.8 million adults have been fully vaccinated, meaning they completed vaccine regimens requiring two doses or received a single-dose vaccine.

The overall number of Georgia residents who have received at least one dose of the vaccine is approximately 3.5 million which equates to about 34 percent of the population. In the following graphic, the data shows that close to 250,000 Fulton County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine and approximately 19 percent of the County has been fully vaccinated.
All Georgians age 16 and over are eligible to receive the vaccine. And there are a number of ways you and your family members can sign up to get the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines can protect you and your family. The vaccines are safe and offered at no charge.
 
To make an appointment, please visit the Georgia Department of Public Health vaccination information site: https://gta-vras.powerappsportals.us/
 

Walk-up vaccines continue at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
 
The Mercedes-Benz Community Vaccination Center will continue to offer walk-up vaccinations daily without an appointment for first or second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. On arrival, report to Gate 1 for on-site check-in. Individuals in need of second doses must ensure that at least 21 days have passed since their initial appointments, and must bring their completed vaccination cards from their first dose appointments.

Walk-Up hours for next week are:

· Monday, April 26 – 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
· Tuesday, April 27 – CLOSED 
· Wednesday, April 28 – 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. 
· Thursday, April 29 – 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
· Friday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
· Saturday, May 1 – 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
· Sunday, May 2 – CLOSED


Thousands of COVID-19 vaccine appointments are now available at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This mega-site offers free parking and evening and weekend appointments. The site is fully ADA Access is available, including wheelchairs. Language translation is available, including American Sign Language. No Insurance? No problem. Simply state “no insurance” for that question on the appointment form. No ID is required when you arrive for your appointment.
With the exception of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, please do NOT report to any vaccine site without an appointment. No vaccines will be given without an appointment.

Residents over age 65 and those who do not have Internet access may call the 404-613-8150 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays for more information about the vaccine. Call volume is high at peak times. If you are not able to get through, please try again later.
 
All individuals who are in need of second dose appointments will be contacted directly to schedule those appointments.
 
VACCINE LOCATOR:
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is coordinating vaccine distributions to locations throughout Georgia. As part of this effort, the DPH has developed a "Vaccine Locator" tool where citizens can type in the name of a city or facility to see a filtered list of vaccination sites. For a specific look at vaccination sites in Johns Creek, please visit the city data hub at: https://datahub.johnscreekga.gov/pages/covid-vaccine 
 
For additional information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Fulton County Board of Health COVID-19 vaccine page: https://fultoncountyga.gov/covid-19/covid-vaccine
 
OTHER VACCINE PROVIDERS
In addition to Fulton County, private pharmacies and health providers also offer the COVID-19 vaccine. To view a list of other vaccine providers, please visit:  https://dph.georgia.gov/locations/covid-vaccination-site
 
MORE QUESTIONS?
Call the Fulton County Board of Health COVID-19 hotline at 404-613-8150. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays or the Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at (888) 357-0169.
 
Even after receiving the vaccine, it is important to continue to wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and washing hands frequently.


Let’s Work To Slow The Spread!
There was a slight uptick in case counts in Johns Creek in the recent two week reporting period (4/3 to 4/16), when compared to the previous two weeks (3/20 to 4/2). Overall, Johns Creek has the lowest Incidence Rate of any city in Fulton County for the recent two week reporting period, but please remember that continued low rates and declines of COVID incidents are more beneficial for our community’s health. Stay cautious.
According to state and local health agencies and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in the Fulton County area cases have stayed about the same over the past week and are still very high. The number of hospitalized Covid patients has risen in the Fulton County area while deaths have remained at about the same level. The test positivity rate in Fulton County is relatively low, suggesting that testing capacity is adequate for evaluating Covid-19 spread in the area.
In Johns Creek there were five (5) new diagnoses between the most recent 14 days (4/3 to 4/16) preceding the most recent 7 days and the 14 days preceding that (3/20 to 4/2), which represents a 7.7 percent increase over the period.
An average of 150 cases per day were reported in Fulton County, about the same as the average two weeks ago. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 11 residents have been infected, a total of 95,731 reported cases.
TESTING INFORMATION: If you believe you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please take the initiative to get tested. You may schedule a free COVID-19 test regardless of symptoms at covid19.dph.ga.gov and for appointments by phone call 404-613-8150. However it is quicker to schedule an appointment online due to the volume of calls. Calls are accepted during these times: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Testing site locations, dates, and/or times are subject to change. For the latest information on testing, please visit: https://www.fultoncountyga.gov/covid-19/covid-testing-sites
 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at

Please follow CDC guidelines and let’s CONTINUE to reduce our numbers.

Stay safe,
Mike Bodker
Mayor, City of Johns Creek