The below link to a front-page article in the Sunday, March 29th edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution summarizes eloquently what a difference just 3 weeks can make in the lives of the people of Cobb County.
Read full article here.
On Tuesday, March 24th, when I signed the Declaration of Emergency, that required sheltering in place, the County had approximately 80 cases of virus. Tonight, as I type this update, we have 228 with 9 deaths. The reality is that these are only the cases of which we know because (1) we don’t have enough kits to test the whole County (2) it’s taking 5-10 days for the results to be reported, (3) there are people who are carrying the virus but don’t have any symptoms and (4) there are those who have the symptoms and are isolating themselves and we don’t know who they are.
We are moving inexorably to a point in which the capacity of our County health care system may be jeopardized. It is the responsibility of elected officials to take all the measures necessary to preserve the responsiveness of that heath care system. While I understand the desire to “get some fresh air”, the acts of civil disobedience by many who are using the closed parks, especially the Silver Comet Trail, to do so are only creating the conditions for a long-term recovery from this pandemic. Staying home and other measures of social distancing will work but only when everyone finally starts realizing that the virus has the initiative, is gaining momentum, and doesn’t play favorites, young or old. Whether it takes one month, two months, or more to defeat this pandemic is in the hands of the people.