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Hello, this is Mayor John Hamilton. It's Monday, October 18th, 2021, just a quick report to the public. This is another week of positive direction generally on all items pandemic related. Very pleased to see continued reductions, both locally statewide, and even generally nationally in the impact of the pandemic by disease, by positivity, by hospitalizations, and deaths. So I'm really glad to report another week of the right direction.
    
Our local counts were closer to 100 cases per 100,000. We were bumping up to 200 almost, and we want to get it much lower than that to 50 and eventually 10 cases per 100,000 but we're moving in the right direction, hospitalizations the same. So please keep doing what you're doing. That's the continued message. The fall, colder weather do threaten some things. You need to get your flu vaccine, please, if you're able to do that.
    
Again, the vaccines are keeping everyone safe who is vaccinated. That's by far the most important thing you can do. We will continue to observe the mask mandate here locally and urge everyone to be careful and practice social distance because the Delta is still here, but we're moving in the right direction.
    
We're still worried about the winter, what that might do. You'll recall last winter we had a huge surge, of course, that was pre vaccines, but we still have many, many people who have not been vaccinated. And that means we're not sure how this will go. So keep being wary, but don't get weary of what we're doing. And again, thank you for everyone, your continued vigilance, your continued efforts. I'll keep giving these weekly reports. We're going in a positive direction. Very pleased with that for our community and everybody staying healthy and our economy recovering. 

So that's a quick update this week and I'll be back in touch again. Thanks for all you're doing.

 

 

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