District 4 Public Health News

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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Annual free flu clinic for Spalding residents

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, October 7, the Spalding County Health Department will hold their annual drive thru flu clinic for Spalding County residents 13 years and older while supplies last. Vaccine will be available on a first come first serve basis. All traffic will enter from Solomon St to Searcy Ave and then right onto Harlow Rd and come around the former Senior Center. For anyone...

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FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine

Approval Signifies Key Achievement for Public Health For Immediate Release: August 23, 2021 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also...

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DPH Will Resume J&J Vaccinations in Georgia

DPH Will Resume J&J Vaccinations in Georgia Timeline to be Determined Atlanta – Following a thorough safety review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the CDC and ACIP have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the J&J COVID vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) will again offer J&J vaccine to Georgians aged 18...

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