The task force’s recommendations note that “Georgia is making progress and to sustain the gains, must continue the strong mitigation efforts statewide and continue mitigation efforts in university towns to decrease spread from universities to the local community.”
Georgia health officials now speak of “Four Things For Fall.” As in wear face coverings, practice social distancing, wash hands frequently and otherwise follow public health recommendations, including avoiding crowds. These are things all of us can – and should – do without fail.
Backing up the necessity of this commonsense plea is that Georgia’s rate of newly reported deaths from coronavirus remained above the national average last week, according to the task force. The percentage of skilled nursing homes and long-term care facilities with at least one new infection and new deaths also is above the national average.
All that should be considered alongside news that Georgia, since mid-July, has reported declining cases in nine of the past 10 weeks, according an AJC analysis of state data.
Overall, Georgia is making some headway against a disease that’s killed some 7,000 people here to date. With sustained effort by federal, state and local governments – and all of us – we’re hopeful that the good progress will continue.