Attention Manufacturers and Distributors Able to Aid with Critical Health Care Needs

Georgia manufacturers and distributors who are able to aid with critical health care needs should Register Here to have their availability shared with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS).

We need volunteers!

Join the Medical Reserve Corps today!

If you are looking for ways to help in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps.

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) helps out in community health operations during large-scale emergencies, like COVID-19, aids in responses to pressing health care needs and helps improve our community’s emergency preparedness. You do not need to be a medical professional to join.

Everyone is welcome and there is no minimum commitment. All the MRC asks is that volunteers try to help if called upon in an emergency. Training is free and MRC members come from all walks of life, not just medical and health professions.

Visit MRC GEM to learn more about our local corps or fill out a volunteer application.

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County and City COVID-19 Ordinances

Gwinnett

Auburn

Berkeley Lake
No Link Available
Last checked 3/27/20

Braselton

Buford

Dacula

Duluth

Grayson

Lawrenceville

Lilburn

Loganville
Loganville 2

Norcross

Peachtree Corners

Rest Haven
No Link Available
Last checked 3/27/20

Snellville

Sugar Hill

Suwanee

Unincorporated Gwinnett

Newton County

Covington

Mansfield
No Link Available
Last checked 3/27/20

Newborn
No Link Available
Last checked 3/27/20

Oxford
Proposed

Porterdale

Social Circle

Unincorporated Newton

Rockdale County

Conyers

Unincorporated Rockdale

 

COVID-19

(2019 novel coronavirus)

 

Page updated 03-25-2020 3:00 PM EST
Page last reviewed 03-25-2020 3:00 PM EST

 

Healthcare professionals click here for information.

 

Guidance for At Risk Populations – Older Adults

Guidance In the community – Long-term Care Facilities and Nursing Homes

Guidance In the community – Workplace

Guidance In the community – Childcare

Parents – Frequently Asked Questions

When to call 911 for Emergencies

Lo que necesita saber sobre Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-2019)

 

Community Information

For confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the state by county please refer to the Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Daily Status Report

If you have questions during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, please call 770-513-5631.

In an effort to protect the most at risk members of our community we have moved to the next level of community mitigation strategies as set forth by CDC: “minimal to moderate.”

CDC and DPH continue to encourage individuals to wash hands frequently, cover their coughs and sneezes, and stay home when ill.

The following sites are also reliable sources of information for COVID-19:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus

 

 

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19, also known as coronavirus disease 2019, is a new virus that causes fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While 80-85% of individuals infected with COVID-19 appear to have mild illness, the virus can cause severe illness including pneumonia in high risk populations like older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions. COVID-19 has affected a large number of people across multiple continents and is being transmitted simultaneously worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

There are many different types of coronaviruses that are known to cause human illness. This virus is able to be passed person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an ill individual coughs or sneezes. The virus can also survive for a limited time on commonly touched surfaces. At this point, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. 

 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

 

Can I get tested?

The Health Department has two COVID-19 specimen collection (testing) sites currently open, one in Lawrenceville and one in Covington. In order to be tested, you must be referred by your medical provider through the state referral link:

  • Anyone that a physician has referred through the state referral system
  • Those serving on the front lines as a healthcare worker, first responder, long-term care facility staffer, or law enforcement (or their families)
  • Individuals caring for the elderly (defined by CDC as 65 years of age and older) or individuals with chronic, underlying health conditions
  • Individuals working in a congregate setting such as a long-term care facility, assisted living facility, etc. (or their families)
  • The elderly (defined by CDC as 65 years of age and older) or individuals with chronic, underlying health conditions

 

How is COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets when an ill individual coughs or sneezes.

 

What should I do?

Take simple steps to prevent respiratory illness and its spread.

Avoid contact with people who have respiratory illness.

Stay home when you are ill.
Isolating yourself while you are ill can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and more common illnesses, like influenza.

Practice social distancing to prevent the likelihood you will come in contact with someone who is ill.

Wash your hands.
Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Wear disposable gloves and a mask IF you are caring for a person that is ill or came in contact with an individual’s bodily fluids or secretions. Remove your mask and gloves carefully and immediately wash your hands.

Regularly clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, phones, toilets, etc. with a diluted bleach solution or use a cleaner with a label that claims it can kill human coronaviruses. Make sure to follow the instructions on the label.

To create a bleach solution, use 1 tablespoon bleach to 4 cups of water. Make fresh daily.

Commercially available cleaning products:

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Fighting Products

EPA-registered surface disinfectant products that kill the coronavirus that causes COVID-19

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash.
Use your elbow or arm if tissues are not available.

Do not wear face masks unless you are ill or caring for someone who is ill.
The health department does not recommend the general public use masks to prevent the spread of illnesses unless caring for a person that is ill or cleaning up after a person who is ill. Remove your mask and gloves carefully and immediately wash your hands.

Follow travel related recommendations and restrictions.
You can get updated travel restrictions at www.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

If you traveled to an area of the world with ongoing COVID-19 transmission or have been in contact with an individual with COVID-19, and develop a fever, shortness of breath and a cough, please contact your medical provider for instructions. If COVID-19 illness is suspected, medical providers should call 1-866-PUB-HLTH for consultation and further instructions.

If you are sick and have tested positive for COVID-19 infection, or suspect you have COVID-19 infection, you should follow Georgia Department of Public Health home isolation instructions. This helps prevent the disease from spreading to others in your household and community.

Additional information about what to do when you are sick can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html.

 

For information on Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities visit  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html.

In an effort to protect the most at risk members of our community we have moved to the next level of community mitigation strategies as set forth by CDC: “minimal to moderate.”

You will find COVID-19 prevention information from the CDC for the following areas:

 

Download COVID-19 information sheet

Download a copy of this information in English or Spanish for your home or office.

COVID-19 Guidance

COVID-19 Guidance At Risk Groups – Older Adults

COVID-19 Guidance In the community – Long-term care facilities and nursing homes

COVID-19 Guidance In the Community – Workplace

COVID-19 Guidance In the community – Childcare

Parents – Frequently Asked Questions


 

COVID-19 Information for healthcare professionals

 

If you believe a patient requires testing for COVID-19, please call 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584) to speak with a medical epidemiologist.

 

COVID-19 testing is not currently available at our local health centers. Patients sent to our health clinics for testing will be referred back to their healthcare provider. At present time, healthcare providers need to call 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584) to speak with a medical epidemiologist who can initiate the testing process.

For the latest guidance for healthcare professionals visit CDC Information for Healthcare professionals at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/index.html.

For healthcare organizations to request personal protective equipment (PPE), submit requests through the links to ReadyOp using the links below:

Non-Hospital Clinical Providers, e.g., EMS, Skilled Nursing, Public Health: https://ga.readyop.com/fs/4cMi/8d3e

Hospitals: https://ga.readyop.com/fs/4cMj/3b3f

Attention Manufacturers and Distributors Able to Aid with Critical Health Care Needs

Georgia manufacturers and distributors who are able to aid with critical health care needs should Register Here to have their availability shared with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS).

We need volunteers!

Join the Medical Reserve Corps today!

If you are looking for ways to help in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps.

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) helps out in community health operations during large-scale emergencies, like COVID-19, aids in responses to pressing health care needs and helps improve our community’s emergency preparedness. You do not need to be a medical professional to join.

Everyone is welcome and there is no minimum commitment. All the MRC asks is that volunteers try to help if called upon in an emergency. Training is free and MRC members come from all walks of life, not just medical and health professions.

Visit MRC GEM to learn more about our local corps or fill out a volunteer application.

medical reserve corps logo

County and City COVID-19 Ordinances

Gwinnett

Auburn

Berkeley Lake
No Link Available
Last checked 3/27/20

Braselton

Buford

Dacula

Duluth

Grayson

Lawrenceville

Lilburn

Loganville
Loganville 2

Norcross

Peachtree Corners

Rest Haven
No Link Available
Last checked 3/27/20

Snellville

Sugar Hill

Suwanee

Unincorporated Gwinnett

Newton County

Covington

Mansfield
No Link Available
Last checked 3/27/20

Newborn
No Link Available
Last checked 3/27/20

Oxford
Proposed

Porterdale

Social Circle

Unincorporated Newton

Rockdale County

Conyers

Unincorporated Rockdale