ATLANTA — For the first time in months, Georgia now has a moderate spread for COVID-19. That news comes just a day after the city of Atlanta dropped their mask mandate.
Some are concerned if people slacken their vigilance, we could see a new peak after the holidays.
Georgia State University epidemiologist Dr. Cherie Drenzek, said we’re not out of the woods yet.
“Once it looks like we’ve gone down, you know, given these high numbers of cases, this is the worst possible time to give up mitigation strategies, and we need to continue to promote vaccinations,” Drenzek said. “Vaccination is key.”
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms somewhat reluctantly lifted the city’s mandate for an indoor mask on Monday night.
In a tweet, she said: “Although it makes me personally anxious, I’ve always said we would follow science. That’s why we’re lifting the mask mandate for the entire city, but masks will remain mandatory in all city facilities.”
Individual companies may still require masks or other COVID-19 protocols they see fit.
Shannon Thompson just thinks the city should have waited until after the holidays to avoid another peak after New Years, as we saw last year.
“I just think it’s too early, and we’re going right into flu season as it is,” Thompson said. “Personally I think we have to wait until we are out of this season.”
A month ago, every county in Georgia had high transmission rates of COVID-19. As of Tuesday afternoon, only 8% have done so.
There’s a hope that as more people get vaccinated, any potential post-holiday surge will have a harder time getting the same kind of grip on Georgia as January’s COVID-19.
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