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    NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
    COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION (AS OF 3/8/21)
  GEORGIA IS NOW VACCINATING
 
    • Healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, lab technicians, EMS)
    • Law Enforcement
    • Fire Personnel
    • First Responders
    • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
    • Individuals aged 65+ and their caregivers*
    • Educators and staff (Pre-K, K-12, DECAL licensed or exempt childcare programs)
    • Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers*
    • Parents of children with complex medical conditions
*Caregivers provide care to people who need assistance with everyday tasks.
  Care recipients can live in residential or institutional settings, range from children to older adults, and have chronic illnesses  or disabling conditions.

 

UPDATE: Effective Thursday, March 25, ALL Georgians ages 16 and older will be Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine. Register for an appointment online at gta-vras.powerappsportals.us or call 1-888-457-0186.

 

Georgia recently expanded vaccine eligibility, beginning March 15, 2021, to include adults aged 55 and older, individuals with disabilities and certain medical conditions.  Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are already eligible for vaccination. This expansion now includes disabilities caused by an injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury), a disability due to a longstanding condition that could cause vision loss, nerve damage or loss of a limb, or a disability due to illness such as ALS or multiple sclerosis.

The medical conditions referenced are:

Asthma (moderate to severe)                         Immunocompromised
Cancer                                                              Liver disease
Cerebrovascular disease                                Neurologic conditions
Chronic kidney disease                                  Overweight and obesity
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease      Pregnancy
Cystic Fibrosis                                                 Pulmonary fibrosis
Diabetes                                                           Sickle Cell Disease
Hypertension or high blood pressure           Thalassemia (blood disorder)
Heart conditions

For a more detailed list, please log onto the DPH website at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.
 
 

Part C Grant Application Information

Babies Can't Wait (BCW) is Georgia’s statewide early intervention program for infants and toddlers with special needs, from birth to three years-of-age and their families. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency for administration of the BCW program. As required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C section 34 CFR §§303.110-303.113, “the State must publish its Part C application or policy in a manner that will ensure circulation throughout the State at least 60-days prior to the date on which the application or policy is submitted and allow an opportunity for public comments on the application or policy for at least 30 days during that 60-day publication period.” In order to meet this requirement, BCW invites interested persons to participate in a 60-day public comment period for the Part C Grant Application Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021 from March 1, 2021 to May 3, 2021. The Part C grant application and revised policy is available for public review at hhttp://dph.georgia.gov/bcw-part-c-application. Comments can be submitted by mail, email, or fax as follows:

(1) Written comments will be received until May 3, 2021:

Babies Can’t Wait

Attn: Jeannine Galloway, Interim Part C Coordinator/Maternal and Child Health Director

2 Peachtree Street NW, 11th Floor

Atlanta, GA 30303-13422

 

(2) Email comments will be received until May 3, 2021

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Subject line: Part C Public Comment)

 

(3) Facsimile comments will be received until May 3, 2021

State BCW Office Fax: (404) 738- 0103 Attn: Jeannine Galloway

Conveniently located in Dalton and Woodstock!

North GA – Anyone who has COVID-19 type symptoms or has been in close contact recently with a person infected with the virus needs to be tested for COVID-19.

Free COVID-19 Testing is offered at MAKO Medical Drive-Thru Testing Sites in North Georgia through a partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health. There are no eligibility requirements other than having a Georgia address and registering online at https://mako.exchange/splash/GAmakotesting/.

The two drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in North Georgia are:

Edwards Park

115 Edwards Park Entrance, Dalton, GA 30721

Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 3 PM

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First Baptist Church of Woodstock

11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA 30188

(Please enter via Trickum Rd/Gunnin Rd entrance)

Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 3 PM

**Please do not call these locations. No information is available by phone at these locations**

The test is performed with a nasal swab to determine the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19.

More information about MAKO Medical’s Free COVID-19 Testing is available at the registration link.

North GA — The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) announced yesterday there are 19 cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 identified in Georgia, including one case in Cherokee County, located in the North Georgia Health District. This COVID-19 variant is commonly known as the UK variant because it was discovered in England, and it is now in several other countries and U.S. states. Currently, this is the only new variant in Georgia.

The other Georgia cases were identified in Carroll, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Paulding counties.

Case investigation and contact tracing to identify, inform and monitor anyone who was in close contact with these individuals are ongoing. However, officials advise that the virus could be identified anywhere so we must take the same precautions as if a case had been identified nearby.

“We are still not certain whether this variant of the virus causes more severe illness than the more common coronavirus, however, we do know that it seems to spread more easily and quicker,” said Zachary Taylor, MD, MS, district health director of District 2 Public Health and interim health director of North Georgia Health District 1-2. “With the presence of a more contagious variant, we must be even more vigilant to protect against it and continue taking the necessary steps to avoid spreading the virus – wear a mask, wash your hands, avoid gatherings.”