Healthy and Safe Wishes for 2021!
We are about to embark on a new year but my overall message is one that I’ve been stressing and repeating for the past Four months: Let’s all do what needs to be done to be safe and stay healthy.
Our Johns Creek community continues to see a dramatic rise in COVID-19 case counts and the diagnosis rate keeps climbing. Please take the critical efforts and actions to stop the spread of this infectious and dangerous virus.
And as we think about New Year’s celebrations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that the safest way to celebrate the new year is to celebrate at home with the people who live with you or virtually with friends and family. If you’re celebrating New Year’s with people outside your household, make sure you take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wear a mask
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) apar
- 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.
Over the past two months, infection rates have been climbing and we must take precautionary steps to make a change. I implore you to please continue to do everything we can to decrease the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Adhering to guidelines and information from trusted sources is important as our community works to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Now that there are authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States, there are a number of important things you all need to know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program
You need 2 doses of the currently available COVID-19 vaccine. A second shot 3 weeks after your first shot is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer. Because the current supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is limited, CDC recommends that initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine be offered to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents. The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available. Once vaccine is widely available, the plan is to have several thousand vaccination providers offering COVID-19 vaccines in doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers. Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost.
On a local and regional front, over the past two weeks (reporting weeks of 12/2 to 12/15) there were more than 5,580 new cases of COVID-19 in Fulton County. In that same period, there were 446 new cases in the City of Johns Creek, which represents a 55.9 % increase in new diagnoses.
The latest report shows new diagnoses in Johns Creek over the past 14-day reporting period trail only those of Atlanta (2,264) Sandy Springs (664), and Roswell (470). No city wishes to lead the county in new cases but we all have to continue to be vigilant and do the appropriate things to decrease the spread of the virus.