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New COVID-19 Statistics for 4 City Zips



COVID-19 Case rates

Peachtree Corners zip codes of 30072, 30092, 30096, 30097

Zip CodeNo. of CasesCase Rate Percentage (%) Change

Two week Case Rates per 100,000 by Zip Code N=2,478; Week 10/24/20 – 11/6/20ⴕ

Data as of November 9, 2020. COVID-19 report is available regularly on the Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale Health Dept. website. View the most current report and compare it with previous reports to see progress made in your ZIP code.

Publisher’s Note: We’ve excerpted Peachtree Corners zip codes above.

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Need for emergency disaster lodging and blood donors surges amid COVID-19



Facing a relentless disaster season, families in the U.S. have spent more nights in emergency lodging in 2020 than in any other year over the past decade.   

More than 1 million times this year, a person relied on the Red Cross for a safe place to sleep after a disaster in the U.S. That’s more than four times the annual average from 2011 to 2019. 

“As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, disasters like residential fires in Georgia — plus a relentless wildfire and hurricane season – have upended hundreds of thousands of lives here and across the country,” said Danella Hughes, Disaster Officer for Georgia’s Red Cross. “Through it all, more people are stepping up as Red Cross volunteers to help others — even as they cope with these events and COVID-19. It’s a true testament to the humanitarian spirit of people in Georgia and in our country.” 

Thousands of people throughout Georgia have been impacted by home and apartment fires, severe storms, and tornados, which ripped through the state in the spring displacing over 200 families. The post-landfall paths of Hurricanes Sally, Delta, and Zeta also directly impacted hundreds of families across the region, causing flooding, downed trees, power outages, and damage to homes. 

This year (through September), Georgia Red Cross volunteers have aided over 8,000 people affected by residential fires, including a massive apartment complex fire in Atlanta at the Avana on Main, where nearly 300 people received assistance. Statewide, the Red Cross has responded to 1,765 fires –17 of those at apartment buildings — to help people affected with emergency needs for lodging, food, clothing and personal items. During the pandemic, volunteers are working virtually and in-person, following CDC and Health Department guidelines to ensure their safety and that of clients served.  

Darrell Stafford is among the residents displaced by the blaze that destroyed the Buckhead apartment building in August during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of Red Cross disaster workers from across the state sprang into action to help him and his neighbors.  

“I was in a state of shock for days,” said Stafford, a fourth-floor resident of the building at the time of the fire. “Emotional support was one of the most valuable things the Red Cross provided. Throughout the years, you’re aware of the Red Cross and how they step up to help, but to see it happening in real-time and have things run as smoothly as they did – it surprised me.” 

 This year, more than 70,000 people across the country joined the Red Cross as volunteers — who represent more than 90 percent of its workforce. In Georgia, new volunteers have stepped up in extraordinary numbers as the state grapples with the pandemic. The region has seen its number of new volunteers double this year in comparison to 2019. Young people have played a crucial role in disaster response – with Millennials and Gen Z representing more than half of new Red Cross volunteers across the country. 

Additionally, the Georgia Red Cross has sent out over 250 volunteers on nearly 600 deployments as part of relief efforts across the country in 2020. Local responders have helped people devasted by the California and Oregon Wildfires and across the southern United States battered by an unforgiving hurricane season.  

Nationwide, 75 percent of new volunteers also stepped up at a pivotal time to fill mission-critical positions, such as shelter and health workers addressing urgent disaster needs, as well as blood donor ambassadors and transportation specialists helping to provide cancer patients, trauma victims and others with lifesaving blood. 

In 2020, Red Cross blood drive cancellations tripled nationwide compared to the year prior — mostly due to COVID-19. Since March, over 50,000 blood drives were canceled as the pandemic forced schools, businesses and community organizations to close, impacting over 1 million blood donation appointments. Still, people rolled up their sleeves — more than a half-million of them giving for the first time. 

Blood donation is an essential service. The Red Cross follows the latest public health guidelines, as well as has put additional precautions in place to ensure everyone’s safety. 

This pandemic has also caused the Red Cross to adapt its collections to include plasma from COVID-19 survivors to potentially help those battling the virus recover. Thousands of COVID-19 survivors have stepped up to share their potentially lifesaving antibodies by giving plasma. Since April, nearly 25,000 COVID-19 survivors have rolled up a sleeve — many of whom are new to blood donation. Their donations have enabled the Red Cross to ship nearly 50,000 units to hospitals across the country treating COVID-19 patients. 

 To learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org . 

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Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic at City Hall, Oct. 29



Have you gotten your flu shot yet? The Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale Health Department is providing a drive-thru flu vaccine clinic.

When: Thursday, Oct. 29 from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Parking lot of City Hall, 310 Technology Parkway. Look for directional signs.

Appointment Required: Make your appointment online at gnrhealth.com/getaflushot

Cost: Flu vaccines are provided at no cost through most insurance plans, Medicaid and Medicare. Please bring your insurance card. The Health Department also has low cost options for uninsured customers.

Who can get the flu shot? This vaccine is for adults 19 and older. Children 18 years or younger can make a vaccination appointment at the Lawrenceville Health Center. Please call 770-339-4283 for information.

Are there high-dose shots for those 65 and over? Vaccines for seniors are available at the Health Center in Lawrenceville. Call 770-339-4283 for information.

For questions or assistance in making your appointment, please call Gwinnett Health Department at 770-339-4260.

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Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA Relaunches Manning Playground Fundraising Campaign



Playground rendering courtesy of Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA.

YMCA of Metro Atlanta announced September 18 that it has relaunched the John Manning Playground Fundraising Campaign to raise an additional $25,000 to reach its $200,000 goal for a new state of the art playground for the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA, an initiative introduced in fall 2019 that was halted due to the uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic. 

John Manning was a dedicated YMCA volunteer, active church member, respected family and corporate lawyer and Peachtree Corners community member who left a legacy of service and friendship. The new playground will incorporate educational and creative-based play structures for all ages. Landscaping in and around the playground will provide a new park-like setting for families to enjoy. The Y is looking to volunteers, members and business for their support in bringing honor to Manning and his legacy through the new amenity.

“We are excited to safely welcome back our members and children into our daycare programs,” said Mark Thornell, executive director, Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA.  “The Manning playground is something for us all to look forward to as we are on schedule to break ground in the fall.”

A featured donor is Manning’s 12-year-old granddaughter Caroline, who has instructed acting camps for her peers the past three summers to raise money for the playground. Caroline aims to raise enough money to reserve a “Camp Caroline 2020” brick on the park grounds in memory of her grandfather.

“We are blessed with an amazing playground committee who has worked tirelessly to secure donations to make this dream come true,” said Sarah Manning Locke, playground committee co-chair and Manning’s daughter.  “We are so close to our goal and are having to get creative to see everything to completion due to the coronavirus uncertainty.  I love that Caroline is on board to pitch in with her Camp Caroline donation.”

Those interested in donating or purchasing a brick to help pave the way for Y children, can do so on the organization’s website ymcaofmetroatlanta.givingfuel.com/john-manning

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