Jan. 19, 2021
COVID-19 & Vaccination Update:
From the Desk of Mayor Mike Bodker
As you may be aware, the Fulton County Board of Health is an enrolled COVID-19 vaccine provider and offers the vaccine at no cost. However, quantities of the vaccine are still limited. To make sure the vaccine is distributed fairly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Georgia Department of Public Health have established priority groups based on risk of exposure and the potential health impact of COVID-19.  Only people in the approved priority group can receive the vaccine at this time. 
 
At this time, only people in Group 1A are eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine in Georgia. This includes:

  • Paid or unpaid people serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials, including but not limited to Staff in clinical settings (e.g. nurses, physicians, EMS, laboratory, environmental services, etc.)
  • Long-term care facilities staff and residents
  • Adults 65 + and their caregivers
  • First Responders (fire, police, sheriff, 9-1-1 personnel, etc.)

While the public may visit THE COVID-19 VACCINE REQUEST SIGN UP FOR PHASE 1A ONLY, please note that all appointments are booked at this time and the Fulton Board of Health will post updates when additional appointment times are available.

Residents 65+ who need assistance scheduling an appointment may call the Fulton County Board of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 404-613-8150 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. Additionally, call volume is very high at this time so if you are not able to get through, please try again later.

In coming months, when greater quantities of the vaccine become available, it will be available to more people. In time, everyone who wants to receive the vaccine will be able to get it. 

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. The City of Johns Creek has used this data to display a map which shows all of the locations within the DPH’s Vaccine Locator tool as points on a map so the public can more easily find their nearest vaccination site. You can access the tool at: https://datahub.johnscreekga.gov/pages/covid-vaccine

Please note that none of these sites are managed by the City of Johns Creek. In order to get vaccinated, you will need to contact one of the locations in the map below or contact your doctor.

If you have any additional questions or would like more information, you may call the COVID-19 Hotline at 404-613-8150 from 8 a.m. - 5:30 on weekdays, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Webpage at https://fultoncountyga.gov/covid-19/covid-vaccine
 
Additionally, the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have assembled a list of important things you all need to know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program.  For more information on the COVID-19 Vaccination Program and COVID-19 vaccines please visit:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/8-things.html
  
Our Johns Creek community continues to see increases in new COVID-19 diagnosis. For the two week period ending January 8, 2021, Johns Creek saw a 27.6% increase in new COVID-19 cases.
 
We continue to see some of the highest number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic An increasing number of our friends and family members know someone within their circle of acquaintances who are sick. We can and must do better. I urge everyone to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask. 
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) apart.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands. 
  • Stay home if you’re sick. 
  • Get a flu shot as soon as possible.

Remember, the more steps you and your family can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the safer you will be.
 
Infection rates in our city have been climbing and that is evident in the numbers from today’s reports. Johns Creek has 657 new cases in the most recent 14 day reporting period. Over the past two weeks (reporting weeks of 12/26/20 to 1/8/21) there were more than 8,278 new cases of COVID-19 in Fulton County.  The latest report shows new diagnoses in Johns Creek over the past 14-day reporting period trail only those of Atlanta (3,165) Sandy Springs (956), and Roswell (860).
 
We have collected important data from the health experts at the Fulton County Board of HealthThe Georgia Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the spread of the virus with the region and in the city.

Current data is assembled below showing COVID-19 Counts and Rates from the most recent report from the Fulton County Board of Health Epidemiology Report (Dated January 15, 2021). In the table below, specific data for Johns Creek is highlighted for reference.
The city has consistently realized an increase in case count (6.1%) over a 14 day period. The rise in new diagnoses is concerning as more than 142 new diagnoses between the most recent 14 days (12/26/20 to 1/8/21) preceding the most recent 7 days and the 14 days preceding that (12/12 to 12/25).
 
The graph below is important as our city has seen the overall Incidence Rate continue to rise (785.5 in the chart below) to levels which we have not seen in the city – this is a new record high for our city! We need to do a better job at preventing illness by not risking exposure to and not transmitting this virus.
The trends remain upward as the Incidence Rate of new diagnoses increases (785.5 per 100,000 persons on January 15 compared to the rate a month ago of 499.8 on December 15) – a measure which calculates the rate of new diagnoses in the last 14 day period preceding the immediate past week.
 
The county-wide New Diagnosis Rate is at 753.1 per 100,000 cases which is greater than the 100 per 100,000 cases (per last 14 days) threshold which Fulton Schools aims for when opening face-to-face instruction.
Testing Trends at the Fulton County Level
The Public Health State of Emergency issued by Governor Kemp remains in place. The Executive Order requires important safeguards as social distancing, a ban on gatherings of more than fifty people unless there is six feet between each person, and sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile.
Data at the state of Georgia level

Considering the most recent data from the Georgia Department of Public Health daily overview of testing and cases the seven day average of confirmed cases has increased steadily throughout October. The information below represents confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) as of 1/18/2021.
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 start to reduce our numbers.

Stay safe,
Mike Bodker
Mayor, City of Johns Creek