Perry changes COVID protocols as cases increase
City officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated.
PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — With COVID cases on the rise in Middle Georgia, cities like Perry are taking action after meeting with Houston Healthcare.
Perry Senior Communications Administrator, Tabitha Clark, says city leadership decided to cancel city events for the next 30 days. That includes Food Truck Friday, Perry Presents and Workout in the Park. They’re also requiring face masks in all city owned buildings and ask you to consider getting vaccinated.
“Our city officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated,” Clark said. “Whether it’s through Houston Healthcare, or through a local pharmacy, or doctor’s office.”
Houston Healthcare currently has 73 Covid patients. Only eight are vaccinated.
Charles Briscoe, President and CEO of Houston Healthcare, says those numbers are not only sad but avoidable.
“COVID-19 is going to hit herd immunity one way or another,” he said. “It’s going to run its course, and unfortunately, we’re going to have human suffering and death that can be avoided with the vaccine.”
Perry is monitoring the situation every week. It will consult with healthcare officials and other leaders throughout the county to make a determination on future events. Clark says it was not an easy decision to cancel events. She says leaders just felt it was the best way they could help curb the spread of the virus.
“Hopefully by not hosting the events this month, we can help get those hospitalizations down and continue on with our events calendar as planned,” Clark said.
According to Houston Healthcare’s current numbers, 22 of the 73 COVID patients are in the ICU. Two of them are vaccinated. Eight of the 22 in the ICU are on ventilators and none of them are vaccinated. Briscoe says if you are eligible, you should get vaccinated.
“For Houston County, we need about 75,000 more individuals to step up and get vaccinated as quick as possible,” Briscoe said.
We reached out to several other cities in Houston County about their Covid protocols.
- The City of Centerville has protocols in place but they did not send us specifics.
- Warner Robins says things are normal. City leaders strongly encourage that everyone be cautious and mindful that cases are on the rise.