Written by Barbara Lee
On behalf of the The Warden’s
If you’ve been watching the news you are aware of what is happening in Jacksonville with regards to the increase in COVID-19 virus cases.
At a briefing last Friday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, “This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
Doctors working in hospitals across our area report the situation is alarming, especially in Duval County.
Florida Blue Medical Director for Public Health, Dr. Kelli Tice, said Tuesday that Duval has the highest percent positivity (15.7%) and the lowest vaccination rate (47%), making Jacksonville the major metro area of most concern in Florida.
An average of 634 cases per day were reported in Duval County, a 216 percent increase from the average two weeks ago, according to the CDC.
Dr. Saman Soleymani of Avecina Medical told Action News Jax he’s seen a significant rise in patients testing positive at his three locations. Over the last ten days, we are seeing some of the highest volume of COVID-positive patients even compared to the peak of last year,” he said.
I spoke with the diocesan office and was told that we should not be “opening more” at this time. We should try to follow the CDC and local guidelines and protocols…wearing mask, social distancing, washing your hands and sanitizing areas of use in the building and keeping a record of everyone who is in attendance at all gatherings.
We will not be doing a survey on regathering at this time. We will continue to follow the guidelines and protocols below.
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