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Northwest Georgia health departments in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk, and Walker counties will be closed Monday, January 17, for Martin Luther King Day and will reopen Tuesday, January 18. Read More

Northwest Georgia Public Health News

  1. Georgia Receives Oral Antiviral COVID-19 Treatments

    December 31, 2021 - 

    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 anticipates additional allocations in the coming weeks as production increases.

  2. Omicron Spread and Prevention Measures for Holiday Gatherings

    December 22, 2021 - 

    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.

  3. One Year Anniversary COVID Vaccine, Our Best Protection Against COVID-19

    December 14, 2021 - 

     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 at least one dose of vaccine, nearly 5.5 million Georgians are fully vaccinated, and 1.2 Georgians have gotten booster doses.

  4. FDA expands eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech booster, 16- and 17-year-olds now eligible

    December 13, 2021 - 

    ROME, GA: The FDA has expanded eligibility for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 booster dose to 16- and 17-year-olds, and health departments in Northwest Georgia have expanded their Covid-19 booster offering to include this age group for this particular vaccine.

  5. Third Confirmed Omicron Variant Case in Georgia Resident

    December 9, 2021 - 

    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 close contacts at risk of COVID-19 infection.

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