Thank you for all the sacrifices that you have made to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I know this has not been easy from a personal, social and financial standpoint. But because of your efforts, to quarantine at home, the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community has been markedly reduced. Your efforts without a doubt have flattened the curve and saved lives.
This fight is not over. We must continue to shelter in place to keep transmission rates down. From a public health standpoint, the only meaningful tool that we have at this point in fighting this virus is to continue the current efforts, until we begin to see consistent reductions in new cases and death rates. If we ease restrictions early, we will undoubtedly see an increase in new cases and an increase in deaths. Because of this, we must stay the course.
Please continue to shelter in place. If you need to leave your home to gather food, medicines or for medical care, then please maintain at least 6 feet of distance between others and wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
There is a light at the end of this tunnel. Our community will be able to open in the near future. In fact, we are already seeing new case rates slow down. Our ability to test for COVID-19 naso-pharyngeal PCR in our office continues to improve. Additionally, we are expecting to have a reliable serum antibody test in our office within the next 7 to 10 days.
These are the indicators that you should be looking for as to when we will be ready to begin easing restrictions:
• The number of new COVID-19 cases shows a decreasing trend
• The number of deaths from COVID-19 shows a decreasing trend
• Sufficient, accurate testing becomes readily available for COVID-19 nasal PCR and serum antibody testing
I know this is not easy, but by doing your part you are saving lives.
Stay Well and Stay Home,
Dr. Edward Espinosa
Buckhead Medicine