JP President: COVID-19 percent positivity rate declining but residents must follow guidelines – WDSU New Orleans

Jefferson Parish leaders addressed the high rate of COVID-19 in the parish Tuesday during a news conference. The latest data shows the parish has a percent positivity rate of 12.2 percent. Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng says new data will come Wednesday and they expect that number to be lower, but continues to plead with the public to follow guidelines. Sheng said they are ready for mass coronavirus vaccinations, but are still waiting for supplies from the federal government. In the coming weeks, the Johnson and Johnson one-dose vaccine is expected to be approved by the FDA. Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, the parish coroner, said people who have had the chance to get the vaccine also need to remember to not let their guards down. “Even up to a couple weeks of getting the Covid vaccine you are still only at about 50 or 55 percent immunity,” said Cvitanovich. “It takes a full week after your second dose before you are sufficiently immune so in that time period fours weeks people can’t let their guard down and assume they are going to be ok you can still get Covid we have had a few deaths of people that have had the vaccine.” Parish leaders also said there are no confirmed cases of the UK Variant strain in the parish, which is a more contagious variant. Leaders say residents should still assume the variant is in the parish and urge people to wear masks and social distance.

Jefferson Parish leaders addressed the high rate of COVID-19 in the parish Tuesday during a news conference.

The latest data shows the parish has a percent positivity rate of 12.2 percent.

Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng says new data will come Wednesday and they expect that number to be lower, but continues to plead with the public to follow guidelines.

Sheng said they are ready for mass coronavirus vaccinations, but are still waiting for supplies from the federal government.

In the coming weeks, the Johnson and Johnson one-dose vaccine is expected to be approved by the FDA.

Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, the parish coroner, said people who have had the chance to get the vaccine also need to remember to not let their guards down.

“Even up to a couple weeks of getting the Covid vaccine you are still only at about 50 or 55 percent immunity,” said Cvitanovich. “It takes a full week after your second dose before you are sufficiently immune so in that time period fours weeks people can’t let their guard down and assume they are going to be ok you can still get Covid we have had a few deaths of people that have had the vaccine.”

Parish leaders also said there are no confirmed cases of the UK Variant strain in the parish, which is a more contagious variant.

Leaders say residents should still assume the variant is in the parish and urge people to wear masks and social distance.