October 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update:
From the Desk of Mayor Mike Bodker
Hello, Johns Creek! This report is something which you noted was of value so in the interest of keeping everyone informed on the state of the coronavirus in Johns Creek, we have updated the data and charts with the latest information available to us.
 
I urge you to continue safe and healthy practices and while your efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus have been helpful, please note that in the past two weeks (reporting weeks of 9/25-10/9) there were more new cases of COVID-19 in Fulton County than the previous two weeks (reporting weeks of 9/11-9/24). I urge you to remain vigilant in practicing guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control. These include: social distancing, washing hands and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (including your phones), and wearing a mask when going outside your home.
 
We have pulled COVID-19 Counts and Rates data from the most recent Fulton County Board of Health Epidemiology Report (Dated October 16, 2020). In the table below, specific data for Johns Creek is highlighted for reference.
 
This reporting period shows Johns Creek with among the lowest amounts of total cases of all the major cities in North Fulton County (as of 10/18/2020) with a slight increase in case count (4.3%) over a 14 day period. The trend over the selected period shows there is a 10.9% increase in new diagnoses between the 14 days (9/25 to 10/9) preceding the most recent 7 days and the 14 days preceding that (9/11 to 9/24). This is not the direction we were hoping to see concerning new diagnoses.
Another important trend to monitor is the Incidence Rate of new diagnoses (69.3 per 100,000 persons on October 13 increasing to 84.9 as of October 18) in the last 14 day period preceding the immediate past week. Again, This increase in new diagnoses is not the direction we were hoping for and this underscores the importance of wearing a mask when going out in public, limit your exposure in enclosed indoor areas, and practice social distancing. I can’t emphasize this enough for our city and community to address the spread of this infection.
 
The Incidence Rate of new diagnoses is an important data point according to the latest information within the Fulton County Schools Reopening Matrix Data-Based Plan to Phase into Face-to-Face Instruction. The District plans to move to Face-to-Face instruction after the county-wide New Diagnosis Rate is less than 100 per 100,000 cases (per last 14 days).
Testing Trends at the Fulton County Level
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp extended the Public Health State of Emergency until Nov. 9, 2020. The requirements of his Executive Order include such 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

Data at the state level is also important to consider when attempting to identify trends in COVID-19 testing. The Georgia Department of Public Health provides a daily overview of testing and cases through their website. The information below represents confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) as of 10/19/2020.
We can turn this around but it is going to take all of us to create a lasting change in the rate of infections in our city. Please remember to continue to follow CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask when appropriate, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, washing your hands, and social distance.
 
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