District 4 Public Health News

Two COVID-19 Treatments No Longer Authorized for Use 01/27/2022

Two COVID-19 Treatments No Longer Authorized for Use Limited Efficacy Against Omicron Atlanta – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that two monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments for COVID-19 are currently not authorized for use due to their limited effectiveness against the Omicron variant. Omicron is still circulating widely in the U.S., including Georgia. Monoclonal...

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DPH COVID-19 Daily Status Report Update 01-07-2022

DPH COVID-19 Daily Status Report Update No Daily Update Due to Ongoing Issues with ELR Atlanta – Due to ongoing issues with Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) will not publish an updated COVID-19 Daily Status Report today. Data for case counts, hospitalizations and deaths come from sources other than ELR, and as such are not impacted by the same...

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Georgia Receives Oral Antiviral COVID-19 Treatments 12-30-2021

Georgia Receives Oral Antiviral COVID-19 Treatments Molnupiravir and Paxlovid™ Available at Select Retail Pharmacies Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is announcing the allocation of Merck and Pfizer oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19 to select retail pharmacies in Georgia. Initial supply of Molnupiravir and Paxlovid™ from the federal government is very limited. DPH...

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CDC Changes to COVID-19 Isolation

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate) Everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Stay home for 5 days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house. Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. If you have a fever, continue to stay...

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Omicron Spread and Prevention Measures for Holiday Gatherings 12-21-2021

Omicron Spread and Prevention Measures for Holiday Gatherings   Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health is urging Georgians to carefully follow COVID-19 prevention measures during holiday celebrations and gatherings to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.   COVID case numbers are increasing daily, and the Omicron variant is spreading faster than any previous variant.  ...

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One Year Anniversary COVID Vaccine

One Year Anniversary COVID Vaccine Our Best Protection Against COVID-19   Atlanta – One year ago today, the words Georgians had waited months to hear were finally being heard: “First shipments of COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Georgia.”   Twelve months since that first small allotment of vaccine, about 6,000 doses, and the initial shots were administered, more than 6 million Georgians have received...

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Omicron: Third Confirmed Case in Georgia Resident

Omicron Variant Detected in Georgia Third Confirmed Case in Georgia Resident Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed the Omicron variant in an unvaccinated metro Atlanta resident with no recent international travel history. The individual has mild COVID symptoms and is isolating at home. Contact tracing is underway to identify...

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Omicron Variant Detected in Georgia 12/5/2021

New Variant Reinforces the Need for Vaccination and Testing   Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 caused by the Omicron variant in Georgia. The individual recently traveled from South Africa and developed mild symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Genomic sequencing confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant. The...

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Omicron Variant Detected in Georgia Resident 12/3/2021

New Variant Reinforces the Need for Vaccination and Testing Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has been notified of a Georgia resident currently in New Jersey who has tested positive for COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. The individual recently traveled from South Africa and was in Georgia for two days before traveling on to New Jersey where the testing and sequencing were...

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Oct. 23

Saturday, October 23 is the 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Please join us in clearing out your homes of unneeded medicine, and bringing it to a local collection site near you – visit www.DEATakeBack.com to find out where. For people unable to make it to a collection site, health departments in District 4 now carry Deterra drug deactivation and disposal pouches. The Deterra® Drug...

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