IMPORTANT INFO ON COVID-19 CASES, VACCINES & TESTING
September 1, 2021
COVID-19 cases have risen rapidly in recent weeks and community transmission in Fulton County is at the highest level since the outset of the pandemic. I’ve included some of the staggering data below. The rise in cases is putting a strain on our health systems and has created much stress on schools as they seek to deliver in-person learning and balance health and safety concerns. Businesses are also struggling to manage their operations in a way that balances delivering services, keeping employees and customers safe, and finding and retaining adequate numbers of workers to run their businesses.
As the virus continues to have a heavy impact, two things are imminently clear:
1) Vaccines make a significant difference and are the most effective preventative measure available. This is evident when we look at the case data and the hospitalization data and see that across the country, 95-99% of cases and hospitalizations involve unvaccinated people.
2) As businesses, governments, schools and others seek to continue to operate and provide services, all are going to look at and consider the safety measures that they feel are most appropriate. This includes consideration of vaccine and/or testing requirements and indoor mask requirements.
I specifically note vaccines. Fulton County government remains focused on getting vaccines out and has also built plans for delivering booster shots on a mass scale when the time for those occurs. Information on how you can obtain a vaccine or take someone to obtain a vaccine is included below.
Additionally, the demand for testing has increased dramatically. I’ve included information on testing resources below as well.
While we all likely have COVID fatigue, the virus itself is as energized and as aggressive as it has ever been and requires us all to work together to contain, repress and ultimately defeat it.
Health experts agree that vaccines save lives and are the best tool we have to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and stay healthy. Virtually all of the new COVID-19 cases are among those who have not been vaccinated. While there have been "breakthrough" cases in those who have received the vaccine, their symptoms are usually mild and don't require hospitalization.
According to the latest Fulton County epidemiology report:
Fulton County has recorded 96,618 confirmed cases and 18,378 probable cases of COVID-19.
Fulton County has recorded 1,409 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
Of all PCR testing done in Fulton County between August 2 and August 15, the percent positivity rate was 12.8%.
In the recent two week reporting period, there were more new cases of COVID-19 in Fulton County than the previous two weeks.
According to the latest Fulton County Vaccination report:
510,852 or 49.9% of Fulton County residents are fully vaccinated
583,083 or 57.1% of Fulton County residents have received at least one dose. Georgia has 42% of its population fully vaccinated.
Free COVID-19 testing is available to residents free of charge. The Fulton County Board of Health offers the COVID-19 PCR tests. Fulton County COVID-19 testing hours have been expanded to include more weekend availability at locations below.
4700 North Point Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30350
Center for Health and Rehabilitation
South Fulton Service Center FREE COVID-19 testing is available on a walk-up basis. However, please pre-register by completing the online registration form at https://mako.exchange/splash/GAmakotesting/.
There are also select pharmacy locations in Fulton County which also offer free COVID-19 testing. LEARN MORE
VACCINES FOR WORKFORCE & HOMEBOUND RESIDENTS
Through our work with CORE Georgia, we are partnering with businesses to provide FREE COVID-19 vaccines onsite for employees. Employers will benefit from flexible vaccine scheduling, including night or 3rd shift employees. We will work with your team to provide education and resources. Contactjohn.email@example.com.
Georgia residents who are currently homebound due to an ongoing physical or mental disability and are unable to travel to a COVID-19 vaccination site can request to receive vaccination. Call 1-888-572-0112. LEARN MORE
Due to the Labor Day weekend, the Fulton County Board of Health COVID-19 testing site at the South Fulton Service Center will be closed on Monday, September 6. The testing sites at the Center for Health and Rehabilitation and at 4700 North Point Parkway will be open as normal.
The Board of Health COVID-19 Call Center will be closed Saturday, September 4 - Monday, September 6.
If you need more information or have questions, please feel to reach out to me or my staff. We are available to make sure that you are getting the services and response you expect from Fulton County.
Commissioner Bob Ellis firstname.lastname@example.org