Oct. 11, 2021
COVID-19 & Vaccination Update:
From the Desk of Mayor Mike Bodker
Steady Decreases in COVID Cases Continue

The decline in the spread of the coronavirus in Johns Creek is positive news. I want to take this moment to say thank you to all our residents. This decrease in new cases is due to the continued efforts of our residents and community members doing the right things to stop the spread of the virus. Throughout the pandemic, Johns Creek has almost always been the city with the fewest incidence rate increases when compared to our north Fulton neighbors. And for that we have our citizens to thank. I wholeheartedly trust our residents to make the right decisions and the best choices for our community’s overall safety. I trust individuals to make the right decision – for themselves, for their families, and for our community. Please keep making the right choice so we can continue to bring our numbers down and stop the spread of the virus.
 
The Incidence Rate for the City of Johns Creek has fallen by half over the past 30 days.  
Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have all declined in Fulton County and in Johns Creek. Over the past 14-day reporting cycle, according to the Fulton County Board of Health and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the Incidence Rate in the City of Johns Creek fell to 157.8 which is a decrease of 28% when compared to the preceding 14-day reporting period. The actual number of new cases for the same reporting period was 52 fewer new diagnoses between the most recent 14 days (9/18 to 10/1) preceding the most recent 7 days and the 14 days preceding that (9/4 to 9/17).
 
Many Georgia adults who originally got the Pfizer vaccine can now get booster shots, as outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recommends that the following groups should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series (i.e., the first 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine):
 
·         people aged 65 years and older
·         residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings
·         people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions
 
For more information on the booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html
 
I recommend everyone follow the guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and continue to socially distance, try to avoid large crowds (especially indoors), consider wearing a mask when indoors (especially if you’ve not been vaccinated), and wash your hands. The data trend is positive news but I will still provide a word of caution based on what we saw develop this time last year when it took just a bit more than 30 days for the Incidence Rate in Johns Creek to triple (from 69.3 on 10/13/20 up to 206 on 11/17/20). What we don’t want to see is another sharp rise in cases due to unsafe practices. Please be careful as we approach the holiday season and begin to gather our family members, our loved ones, and our community members. I would ask everyone to please use your best judgement for our community’s overall safety.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday (Oct. 9, 2021) about 217 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, including about 187 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.
 
Approximately 7.7 million fully vaccinated people have received an additional vaccine dose since Aug. 13, the day after the F.D.A. opened up eligibility for third shots for some people with weakened immune systems. This figure also includes people who have gotten a booster dose, which the F.D.A. authorized on Sept. 22 for Pfizer-BioNTech recipients over 65 or at high risk of severe Covid-19.

For those of you who wish to get vaccinated, and in Georgia all residents age 12 and over are eligible for the vaccine, you can pre-register for the COVID -19 vaccine by visiting: myvaccinegeorgia.com

Residents can also take advantage of the Vaccines at the Libraries Program and Mobile Vaccination Sites. Locations change each week.
 
 
 
Please remember to respect others around you as many people have varying levels of comfort and concerns when it comes to coronavirus transmission and safety.
I know each of us can make safe and informed decisions for the benefit of our community.

Before you go to any vaccination site, please be sure to check and see if an appointment is required. Certain sites do not permit a vaccine distribution without an appointment.

Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Available at Select Sites:  The Georgia International Convention Center and 4700 North Point Parkway sites are now offering Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You can choose this option when you schedule your appointment, or onsite.

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.

For those who have not been vaccinated or choose not to get vaccinated, please take the route of safety and enact precautionary measures to help reduce the spread of the virus. Follow the CDC guidelines as outlined at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/index.html
 
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.
Incidence Rates for COVID-19 cases in North Fulton

Also, according to the latest Epidemiology Report, Johns Creek remains below our neighboring cities where cases are gradually declining (Milton at 165, Roswell 170, Alpharetta 184 and Sandy Springs 191).
According to state and local health agencies and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, because of high COVID-19 transmission in Fulton County, unvaccinated people are at a very high risk. Vaccinated people are at lower risk. 
 
An average of 269 cases per day were reported in Fulton County, a 29 percent decrease from the average two weeks ago. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 8 residents have been infected, a total of 129,985 reported cases
In Johns Creek Over the past 14-day reporting cycle, according to the Fulton County Board of Health and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the Incidence Rate in the City of Johns Creek fell to 157.8 which is a decrease of 28% when compared to the preceding 14-day reporting periodThe actual number of new cases for the same reporting period was 52 fewer new diagnoses between the most recent 14 days (9/18 to 10/1) preceding the most recent 7 days and the 14 days preceding that (9/4 to 9/17).
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