As Variant Surges, Exercise Caution
Another wave of coronavirus cases, driven by the spread of the contagious delta variant, has caused a spike in area hospitalizations and new cases in the city and across Fulton County according to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). The Incidence Rate in the City of Johns Creek, according to the latest Epidemiology Report from Fulton County Board of Health, is at 23.9 which is an increase of more than 80 percent when compared to the preceding 14-day reporting period.
The state has seen an increase of coronavirus cases throughout the month of July as hospitalizations for COVID in Georgia increased by 40 percent from July 14 to July 21, according DPH. The DPH data also show that more than 85 percent of Georgia patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated and as of last Friday (7/23), just 44.9% of Georgians over 12 were fully vaccinated.
While our levels of new diagnoses are not at the height reached in January, the numbers are beginning to increase. For the two week reporting period of 7/1 to 7/14, the City of Johns Creek has seen an 80 percent increase of new cases when compared to the previous two weeks of 6/17 to 6/30. We certainly don’t want to return to case counts witnessed at the beginning of the year. It is important to note that the COVID-19 risk for unvaccinated people in Fulton County is at a high level.
Vaccinations Are Helping
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, more than half of all Fulton County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 47% of the county has been fully vaccinated. Please note, the Pfizer-BioNTech is the only vaccine currently authorized for 12-17-year-olds. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 187.6 million people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, including about 162.4 million people who have been fully vaccinated by Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine or the two-dose series made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.