Cobb County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Lisa Cupid extended the county’s Declaration of Emergency yesterday.
The declaration was put in place because of the high rate of community spread of COVID-18 within the county.
It allows county meetings to be held virtually, keeps the county’s emergency operations plan in effect, and urges residents to get vaccinated.
This extension will run through November 16.
As of yesterday afternoon the 14-day case rate of COVID-19 among 100,000 of Cobb’s residents was 311, still beyond the threshold constituting high community transmission of the disease.
and take precautions in public. The second extension runs through November 16.
“Even though we’ve heard positive news from our public health partners on the downward trend of this latest surge in COVID cases, the county’s case rate remains more than three times what is considered ‘high community transmission,’” Chairwoman Cupid said. “Keeping this order in place will allow us to remain proactive and hopefully help end this latest surge.”
The news release for the extension also gives the following information.
The extension also cites the “severe overcrowding” condition at Kennestone Hospital caused by coronavirus cases and continues the terms of prior declarations.
For more information and to download the renewal, please visit https://www.cobbcounty.org/communications/news/chairwoman-signs-2nd-extension-declaration-emergency
Residents seeking a COVID test, vaccination, or information should visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com.
CDC recommendations on COVID prevention
The CDC continues to recommend vaccination to slow and stop the spread of transmission of the Delta variant.
The center posted the following on their website:
The Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than earlier forms of the virus that causes COVID-19. It might cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated people.
- Vaccines continue to reduce a person’s risk of contracting the virus that cause COVID-19, including this variant.
- Vaccines continue to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death, including against this variant.
- Fully vaccinated people with breakthrough infections from this variant appear to be infectious for a shorter period.
- Get vaccinated and wear masks indoors in public spaces to reduce the spread of this variant.