Cobb County government sent the following announcement in its email newsletter:
The mask mandate in Cobb County buildings has been lifted as of today following the updated guidelines from the CDC. The Emergency Declaration is still in effect and is expected to be terminated this week based on the continuing trend of lower transmission rates in the county. As of Friday of last week, transmission rates were still in the high range and trending downward. You can view the most up-to-date data on the Cobb and Douglas Public Health website.
The county website gave the following further details:
Masks are no longer required while visiting Cobb County government buildings. This includes libraries, senior centers, and indoor parks facilities.Advertisement
It does NOT affect the court system, which is operating under a judicial order.
County Manager Dr. Jackie McMorris removed the requirement following the new CDC guidance issued Friday.
For more information on COVID in Cobb County and statewide
Cobb & Douglas Public Health runs the case rate on their home page, although it is not updated frequently.
A more frequently updated summary of the statistics on COVID for Cobb County is the CDC’s County View page for Cobb County. The numbers come from the Georgia Department of Public Health but are displayed in a much easier-to-read way than the sprawling GDPH website. From this page you can get the one-week figures on the number of new cases, case rate per 100,000 of population, hospitalizations, deaths, and the percentage change from the previous 7-day period. It also includes data on testing and vaccination rates.
The Georgia Department of Public Health publishes a daily status report on the pandemic every afternoon at around 3 p.m. It’s a comprehensive report with extensive data and charts arranged statewide and by county, that also includes age breakdowns, racial demographics, and data on vaccination and testing.
It isn’t the easiest system to navigate, but it’s worth spending time learning how to use if you’re interested in getting the latest statewide and local data on the state of COVID-19.
To get an overview of how much the pandemic is stressing the hospital systems in terms of ER visits, hospital bed capacity, and ventilator use, there is a Hospital Bed and Ventilator Use report with interactive maps. The map is organized by hospital region, and Cobb County is part of Region N.
To get data on what percentage of patients in Georgia hospitals were admitted for COVID-19 versus all other causes, there is a Georgia Medical Facility Patient Census. It also reports numbers by statewide and hospital region.