Nov. 23, 2020
COVID-19 Update:
From the Desk of Mayor Mike Bodker
Holiday Greetings!

This is a Thanksgiving holiday unlike any other I can ever recall. My holiday request for all of our residents is to enjoy Thanksgiving activities but please take steps to protect yourself and others from getting or spreading COVID-19. 

The Centers for Disease Control has critical information for everyone regarding Thanksgiving and COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website to learn more. The CDC states that more than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days. As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with. Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

We keep seeing increases in new cases of COVID-19 locally as is evidenced by the data within the following report which provides a brief overview of the state of the coronavirus in Johns Creek and in Fulton County.

The latest reports from the Fulton County Board of Health shows a rise in coronavirus case counts within Johns Creek and Fulton County.
 
In the past two weeks (reporting weeks of 10/31 to 11/13) there were more new cases of COVID-19 in Fulton County than in the previous two weeks (reporting weeks of 10/17 to 10/30).
 
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 November 20, 2020). In the table below, specific data for Johns Creek is highlighted for reference.
It still holds true that Johns Creek remains among the fewest total case counts of all the major cities in North Fulton County (as of 11/20/2020) and the city consistently carries a slight increase in case count (4.7%) over a 14 day period. The rise in new diagnoses is what is becoming concerning as the city has seen a 69.3% increase in new diagnoses between the most recent 14 days (10/31 to 11/13) preceding the most recent 7 days and the 14 days preceding that (10/17 to 10/30).
 
This continued increase represents a bump in new diagnosis. The last update I shared on November 16, 2020 showed a 42.7% increase in new diagnoses two weeks ago and from the most recent report there is a 69.3% increase in new diagnoses. 

And again, the overall Incidence Rate continues to rise (230.8 in the chart below) to a levels which are not where we need our city to be headed. 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 (230.8 per 100,000 persons on November 20 compared to the rate a month ago of 94.5 on October 20) – a measure which calculates the rate of new diagnoses in the last 14 day period preceding the immediate past week. This accelerated pace of new diagnoses has been continuing 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 247.7 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 11/23/2020.
The city is working with local hospitals and emergency rooms to monitor the spread of the virus and the effect it is having on our local healthcare facilities and workers. The noted increase in infection rates and new cases are concerning, especially as we enter the Thanksgiving week holiday. Everyone can make Thanksgiving safer for all by adhering to safe and healthy practices and follow the guidelines set by the Centers 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
 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at mike.bodker@johnscreekga.gov.

Please enjoy a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving and best wishes to you and your families!

Stay safe,
Mike Bodker
Mayor, City of Johns Creek