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COVID-19 UPDATE PAGE
Check here as often as you like for updates with COVID-19 more commonly known as the Coronavirus. County Officials are in communication on a daily basis with different regional and state officials regarding COVID-19 and we will do our best to keep you updated. Because of the large amount of information available and how quickly it updates we are including links to the Center for Disease Control CDC website as well as the Georgia Depart of Health website.
Please know that if any major changes take place we will notify you. We have several ways we communicate with the public and we use as many ways as possible to reach as many people as possible. Some of the ways we communicate include, website updates, social media, local news publications, and Facebook live. (Here’s the link to our Facebook page Dade County Georgia Facebook) If you don’t follow us on Facebook make sure to like our page and change us to "see first" in your notification settings.
NEWS RELEASE - February 1, 2021 from the Georgia Department of Health
COVID-19 Variant Cases Increase in Georgia
Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is confirming there are now 19 cases of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 identified in Georgia. This is the same variant discovered in the U.K. and in several other countries and U.S. states. So far, no other COVID-19 variants have been identified in Georgia.
The B.1.1.7 cases in Georgia are in individuals ages 15 to 61, eight males and 11 females. The cases live in metro Atlanta – Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Paulding counties. DPH is working to identify close contacts of the individuals, and will monitor them closely.
The Georgia Public Health Laboratory and several commercial labs are working to identify the presence of this variant in hundreds of specimens collected at Georgia testing locations statewide, but that is only a small percentage of the overall number of COVID-19 tests performed. Knowing the location of a few individual cases does not provide a clear picture of where this variant is in the state. Just because it has not been identified in a particular city or county does not mean it is not there - individuals could be infected anywhere in the state, or in some cases out of state. At least 30 states are reporting cases of the B.1.1.7 variant.
“The CDC has said this U.K. variant is likely to be the dominant strain in the U.S. by sometime in March,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health. “We must ensure we are taking every precaution right now to prevent transmission of COVID and to avoid a surge in hospitalizations and loss of life.”
The same measures used to prevent spread of COVID-19 in Georgia are no different for this variant, and are even more critical due to the U.K. variant being more contagious. Wear a mask. Maintain social distance. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid large gatherings. Get a COVID vaccination when you are eligible. Follow the guidance of Public Health and the guidelines in the Governor’s executive order.
Information about this variant is evolving quickly. Preliminary epidemiologic information suggests that this variant is significantly more contagious than the SARS-CoV-2 virus and may increase the risk of death in those who become infected. Both Pfizer and Moderna say their current vaccines appear to work against this variant.
DPH, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will continue to watch for emerging COVID-19 variants and will provide more information as it becomes available.
For more information about COVID-19 https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
For updates on COVID-19, follow @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook.
Dade County Weekly Update on YouTube
A Press Release from the Georgia Department of Public Health, issued Tuesday, January 5, 202, states the first case of new COVID variant, B.1.1.7) has been identified in the state of Georgia. To read that press release use this link COVID Variant B.1.1.7 found in Georgia
VACCINE ELIGIBILITY AS OF 3/25/2021
Georgians 16+ Eligible for COVID Vaccine
Beginning Thursday, March 25, 2021
Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Governor Brian Kemp today announced the state will expand its COVID vaccine eligibility beginning March 25, 2021, to include all Georgians aged 16 and older. Increased COVID vaccine supply and significant progress in vaccinating Georgia seniors, our most vulnerable population, allows the state to move forward and to ensure all vaccine doses are being put into arms.
To find a vaccination location or to schedule an appointment, log on to dph.ga.gov/covid-vaccine or visit myvaccinegeorgia.com to schedule an appointment at a GEMA mass vaccination site.
Important note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine approved for teens 16 and 17 years old. Please schedule an appointment at CVS or Walgreens or at one of the GEMA mass vaccination sites to ensure Pfizer vaccine is available.
For updates on COVID-19, follow @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook.
VACCINE ELIGIBILITY AS OF 3/15/2021
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Governor Brian Kemp today announced the state will expand its vaccine eligibility 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)
To find a vaccine location near you or to schedule an appointment, log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine. For individuals aged 16 and 17 who are in an eligible population for vaccination, Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for these ages. Please schedule an appointment at CVS or Walgreens or at one of the GEMA mass vaccination sites to ensure Pfizer vaccine is available to you.
VACCINE ELIGIBILITY AS OF 3/8/2021
State has developed guidelines/explanations for the new groups eligible as of Monday. (See below). In addition to those currently eligible, beginning March 8, 2021, the following groups will also be eligible for COVID vaccine:
VACCINE ELIGIBILITY AS OF 1/1/2021 -
Georgia Residents ages 65+
Nurse Manager Tammy Franklin with Dade Public Health says they will be able to give vaccines to anyone 65 and older that is a Dade County resident. You MUST CALL FIRST for an appointment because the vaccine is limited. To make an appointment to receive your vaccine please call 706-657-4213.
Are you curious to know the Phases the White House will be use to Open Up America Again? Here’s a link to tell you more: White House Guidelines
For help and guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 use this link: OSHA Guidelines for the Workplace
Here’s a Q&A link from Governor Kemp’s office regarding re-opening Georgia: Q&A Handout
COVID-19 RESOURCE PAGES
FEMA Rumor Control Website
Center for Disease Control Website
Georgia Department of Health Website
Dade County Georgia Facebook Page
Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Daily Status Report - This updates daily at noon and 7:00 p.m.
COVID-19 Basics (use this link to Johns Hopkins Website to see their FAQ’s and COVID-19 Basics)
DPH Return to Work Guidelines
DPH Administrative Order
DPH Quarantine Protocol
DPH News Release 9-9-2020
Use this link to find out how to make your own cloth face mask CDC - How to Make Cloth Mask
Local Places to purchase masksJ.B.’s Variety Store - 706-657-2874The Little Rag Quilt - 256-601-4421
Renewal of Public Health State of Emergency 9.1.2020Empowering a Healthy Georgia 9.1.2020
Renewal of Public Health State of Emergency 6.29.2020Governor Kemp Executive Order 6.29.2020
Governor Kemp Executive Order 6.11.2020
Governor Kemp Executive Order: Shelter in Place 4.2.2020Governor Kemp Executive Order - Opening Georgia 4.20.2020Shelter in Place Handout
GEMA Shelter in Place Handout
Executive Order - Suspension of Short Term Rentals 4/9/2020
Executive Order - Nursing Homes 4/9/2020
Executive Order - National Guard 4/9/2020
Guide to Essential Businesses WebpageGuide to Essential Businesses PrintableDo you have questions about what is considered an essential business? Use this link to send a request for information directly to the Governor’s office:Essential Business Guide REQUEST FORM
Executive Order - Deputizing Sheriffs
Governor Kemp Declaration of State of Emergency 3.15.2020
Executive Order - Shelter in Place 3.23.2020
Dislocated Worker Grant - Those who lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 may be eligible for a job at the county. Please contact Paula Stallings at 706-657-4625 for additional information. Paul will be available in our office each Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
To file unemployment claims due to COVID-19 use these links:https://dol.georgia.gov/blog/new-information-filing-unemployment-partial-claims-and-reemployment-services
Unemployment Benefits in Georgia
For Small Business Loans use this link:https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
Small Business Loan Information Packet
USDA is providing critical support to our nation’s farmers and ranchers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP provides vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities with financial assistance that gives them the ability to absorb sales losses and increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information please use these links:
CFAP General Fact Sheet
USDA May 2020 Newsletter
Q.) Can I go to the Grocery Store? A.) Yes, food is considered essential
Q.) Can I go the Doctor’s Office? A.) Yes, this is considered essential
Q.) Can I go the the Pharmacy? A.) Yes, this is considered essential
Q.) Can I drop my kids off at their other parents home? A.) Yes, this is considered essential
For more questions about what is considered legally acceptable please contact the Governor’s Office at 404-656-1776
COVID - 19 BEST PRACTICES
KEEP HANDS CLEAN by washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizerCOVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE with a tissue when you cough and sneezeDON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE with unwashed hands; its the easiest way for germs to enter your bodyEAT HEALTHY and balanced meals to strengthen your immune systemEXERCISE boosts your immune system and speeds recovery from illness
Ready.gov website - Click on this link to see emergency preparedness checklists
Click this link to read about the Formation of The Northwest Georgia COVID-19 Task Force