After ten long months of living with a pandemic in 2020, I felt like I was running on a treadmill in December--lots of effort but no forward movement. I was looking forward to the start of a new year. Then the first week of 2021 arrived with spiking COVID cases and chaos in the nation's capital. I am glad to see this final week of January 2021 bring some forward progress!
For the second consecutive week, we see the seven-day average for new cases and percent positive in Columbia and Richmond counties decline. After a peak in the first week of January, we are seeing a similar drop in the number of nurse contacts here at Augusta Prep. While the rate of local spread remains higher than anyone wants to see, it is great to witness a downward trend again. You can also monitor the Department of Public Health website for this data here: https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report
Another promising sign of progress is the arrival of vaccines in the community this month. We were blessed to have four of our six 65+ employees vaccinated last week. We do not know when the Governor will shift to group 1B and teachers under 65 will be eligible, but we are monitoring the situation weekly--and encourage you to do the same.
In the face of this seemingly endless pandemic, I remain so grateful for the continued cooperation by all our community members. We have endured six months of school under these conditions, and we have four more to go. We are over the halfway mark. Hang in there, keep your spirits up, and keep your mask on!