Janet Memark, district health director for the two-county public health department of Cobb and Douglas counties said COVID-19 cases did not spike after Spring Break.
As of Monday, there were 212 cases per 100,000 people in Cobb County and 242 cases per 100,000 people in Douglas County over a two-week period. These are the lowest COVID-19 rates observed in the two counties in some time, Memark said.
“Last week, we anticipated surges from Spring Break and Easter,” Memark said. “Although we saw a mild increase in numbers, I think we have averted a surge from that cause. Please don’t take this as a reason to abandon all defenses.
Cobb County has a 4.2% positivity rate, while Douglas County has a 7.8% rate. This rate is the percent of all people tested for coronavirus who are positive for the virus. The higher the positivity rate, the greater the transmission of the virus in the community.
Currently, 21% of Cobb County residents are fully vaccinated, while only 14% of Douglas County residents are fully vaccinated, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s vaccine distribution dashboard.
“We need to get these numbers up higher to return back to some normalcy,” Memark said. “Let’s get ourselves vaccinated, wear our masks in public and keep our distance. Slowly, the restrictions are coming off. I hope soon, we won’t have any more restrictions at all.”
Saturday, a mass vaccination site will open at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. 5,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available. Northside Hospital and the Braves are hosting this site. Appointments can be made at https://www.mlb.com/braves/community/vaccination.
In the meantime, it is essential to continue social distancing, wearing a mask, and practicing hand-washing.