- Written by Georgia Department of Public Health
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Vaccination More Urgent Than Ever
COVID-19 Cases Increase and Delta Variant Spreads in Georgia
ATLANTA – If you were waiting for the right time to get vaccinated, that time is now! The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to get vaccinated as the number of new COVID-19 cases increases daily and the Delta variant spreads.
The COVID case rate in Georgia has increased 204% over the last 14-day period. Yesterday new cases totaled 4,612 – the highest daily number since mid-February. Hospitalizations have increased by about 50% in the last 14 days, and deaths have increased by about 18% in the same period. Vaccination has stalled statewide and only 40% of Georgians are fully vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the Delta variant accounts for 78% of new COVID cases in Georgia, making vaccination more urgent than ever. The Delta variant spreads more than twice as easily from one person to another, compared with earlier strains. The highest spread of cases and severe outcomes are happening in places with low vaccination rates, and virtually all hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among the unvaccinated.
“Unfortunately, we can expect COVID numbers to keep growing. People who are unvaccinated or skip their second dose of vaccine are targets for infection,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. High vaccination coverage will reduce spread of the virus in your community and elsewhere - and help prevent new variants from emerging.”
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- Written by North Georgia Health District
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Since early 2020, each of us, our families and our communities have faced harrowing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, we have been deeply impacted in many ways that include everything from deprivation and financial loss to dire illnesses and even the death of loved ones. Fortunately, we are beginning to see signs of recovery from this pandemic; however, we still have a long way to go. Please take this survey to help us know how we, your local public health partners, can better support this recovery and help everyone get back to life-as-usual more quickly here in North Georgia. Thank you!
For English, please start the survey here:
Para Español, inicie la encuesta aquí:
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- Written by Jennifer King, District Public Information Officer
- Category: Hot Topics
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Our District's Latest COVID-19 Updates:
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) follows the guidance and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) for all COVID-19 vaccine, at all stages of dosage, including the Updated Bivalent COVID-19 Boosters. Access the latest recommendations for all approved doses of COVID-19 vaccine and eligibilities HERE and note that all COVID-19 vaccine doses are available with no appointment needed at each county health department in the North Georgia Health District, which includes Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield counties.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, as well as its variants, and is regularly coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for information on the virus and the latest variants. Cases have been identified globally, in the United States, and in Georgia.
This continues to be an evolving situation and information is subject to change, so here is where you can conveniently link to all updated information from both Georgia DPH and the CDC.
There have been over 2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia and thousands of related deaths. However, there are now over 6 million Georgians fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including nearly 250,000 residents in the North Georgia Health District. Click here to go to the Georgia DPH COVID-19 Status Report.
Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine and live or work in Georgia?
Learn More... Click HERE.
Updated COVID-19 Status in Georgia Report
Click here to find Georgia's COVID-19 daily status of case and hospitalizations with interactive chars and graphs.
Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Status in Georgia Report
Click on the icon for the latest vaccine updates and access the Georgia DPH Dashboard for all the latest COVID-19 vaccine data in Georgia.
Updated COVID-19 Testing Information
COVID-19 testing is available to all Georgians who request it, whether they have symptoms or not. Get updated information about COVID-19 testing and test providers in Georgia.
Find out the latest COVID-19 Guidance provided by the Georgia Department of Public health, including procedures and protocols to help stop the spread.
Check out the PDF version of a children’s book that helps children understand our COVID-19 pandemic world when returning to school. Below is the book titled “I Am Going Back To School”, written by Aileen Mui and Vivian Wong - just click on the book below provided in English and Spanish and share with family, friends and associates who have children going back to school.
State and Federal Response Websites:
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- Written by Jennifer King
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 12, 2017
DPH Urges Safety Precautions After Irma
Keep Yourself and Your Loved Ones Safe By Following Basic Safety Tips
ATLANTA – Hurricane/tropical storm Irma is no longer a threat but recovering from the storm will take weeks, and even longer in some parts of the state. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to use extreme caution particularly in the next few days as residents return to their homes, power is restored and damage assessments are made. The storm may be over, but that doesn’t mean the danger is.
Be careful near damaged buildings
Stay away from power lines
Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Identify and throw away food that may not be safe to eat
Check water quality
Protect yourself from animals and pests
For more information go to:
About the Georgia Department of Public Health
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective. For more information visit: www.dph.georgia.gov
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