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Hi, this is Mayor John Hamilton. It's Monday, March 29th, 2021. Just a quick update on the pandemic for the community. Numbers are good, definitely better than they were in the winter. We've improved a lot, but it's important to notice that there are some upticks in some of these basic numbers that we're watching. CDC director, Walensky, a few weeks ago said, "We always have to be humble with this pandemic, with this virus. When we think we have it understood, sometimes it fools us." Just a couple of days ago, she said she's scared about where we are because we're really in a race between vaccinations and infections. Nationally, we're seeing some rise in the basic numbers of infections, positivity rates, hospitalizations, even deaths nationally have gone up again. Not anything like we've seen before, but concerning. We need to be very careful.
    
We need to continue to mask and physically distance and don't share air if you don't have to. At least not if it's not with people who are all vaccinated, that's critical. When it's your turn, please get a vaccination. I've had my first shot and I have my next one in a week. I'm looking forward to that. That's going to be how we beat the pandemic. So until then stay the course, keep at it, we're doing a lot locally. We just had visits to shelters for people experiencing homelessness, with dozens and dozens, scores of shots delivered late last week, getting to home-bound people, filling up all the slots for vaccinations.
    
We hope to get more vaccines coming in, in the weeks ahead. It is critically important that we all get vaccinated unless your healthcare provider recommends otherwise, these are safe, effective, critically important vaccines. So thanks for doing your part to get vaccinated. Thanks for protecting each other as we go. I'll keep you posted. There'll be another press conference on Friday, but we must not be thinking we're out of the woods. We have to be humble. We got to pay attention and stay the course. Thanks for what you're doing.
 

 

 

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