Nov. 2, 2020
COVID-19 Update:
From the Desk of Mayor Mike Bodker
Greetings to everyone in Johns Creek.
 
As we share the data surrounding the state of the coronavirus in Johns Creek and in Fulton County, it pains me to again report that case counts in the city and in the county are on the rise.
 
In the past two weeks (reporting weeks of 10/10 to 10/23) there were more new cases of COVID-19 in Fulton County than in the previous two weeks (reporting weeks of 9/26 to 10/9).
 
We cannot lose sight of what we all need to do to stop the spread of the coronavirus. I urge you to continue safe and healthy practices and follow the guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control. 

  • Practice social distancing
  • Wash your hands often
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (including your phones)
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
  • Stay home if you are sick
 
Below you’ll find current data on COVID-19 Counts and Rates from the most  (Dated October 30, 2020). In the table below, specific data for Johns Creek is highlighted for reference.
 
This reporting period shows Johns Creek remaining among the fewest total case counts of all the major cities in North Fulton County (as of 10/30/2020) with a slight increase in case count (4.4%) over a 14 day period. What is distressing is the trend over the selected period shows there is a 38.5% increase in new diagnoses between the 14 days (10/10 to 10/23) preceding the most recent 7 days and the 14 days preceding that (9/26 to 10/9). The last update I shared on October 19 only showed a 10.9% increase in new diagnoses – that was just two weeks ago. We need to do a better job at preventing illness by not risking exposure to and not transmitting this virus.
Another important trend to monitor is the Incidence Rate of new diagnoses (107.6 per 100,000 persons on October 30 compared to a rate of 84.9 as of October 16) in the last 14 day period preceding the immediate past week. Again, This increase in new diagnoses has been continuing to rise since mid-October and this underscores the importance of wearing a mask, limiting your exposure to enclosed indoor areas, and practicing social distancing. I know I am repeating myself but as members of our city and community, we must address the spread of this infection.
 
Fulton County Schools looks at the Incidence Rate of new diagnoses as part of its Fulton County Schools Reopening Matrix Data-Based Plan to Phase into Face-to-Face Instruction. The county-wide New Diagnosis Rate is at 145.9 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 11/1/2020.
This overview report takes data from the most reliable sources and on the surface merely tracks trends we should be aware of. This report carries trends which none of us wants to see, i.e.; an increase in infection rates and new cases which are beginning to resemble where we were in April. We need to start thinking about everyone in our community, not just our immediate friends and family. We must create lasting changes and consider older adults and people who have certain underlying conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes because they are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
 
I implore you to follow CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask when appropriate, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, washing your hands, and practice 6-foot social distancing. Together, we can help stop the spread of this virus but we must continue to protect ourselves and others.
 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at mike.bodker@johnscreekga.gov.

Stay safe,
Mike Bodker
Mayor, City of Johns Creek