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Our District Office and County Health Departments and Services are Closed Monday, January 3, 2022.  The COVID-19 Testing Site in Whitfield County is Open Friday, Dec. 31st... All Others are Closed. All COVID-19 Testing Sites are Back to Normal Hours week of Monday, January 3, 2022. Happy New Year!
*Please note that Drive-thru PCR COVID-19 Testing in the North Georgia Health District is not operated by our county health departments but by MAKO Medical Services.
 
New Years Closing 2022

MAKO COVID 19 Testing Moving from Canton to Woodstock Jan 3rdWoodstock, GA – To facilitate increasing numbers of residents seeking COVID-19 testing in Cherokee County, MAKO Medical will move their drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Action Church in Canton to JJ Biello Park in Woodstock. The new address is JJ Biello Park, Riverside Athletic Complex, 610 Druw Cameron Court, Woodstock, GA 30188. The final day for testing at Action Church is Thursday, December 30th. Testing will begin at JJ Biello Park on Monday, January 3, 2022. MAKO Medical will continue to provide free drive-thru COVID-19 PCR testing at the new site, and the hours will remain Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 3 PM. 

PCR testing is done by nasal swab to determine the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Anyone who has COVID-19 type symptoms or has been in close contact recently with a person infected with the virus needs to be tested for COVID-19, even if they are fully vaccinated. There are no eligibility requirements other than having a Georgia address and registering online at https://mako.exchange/splash/GAmakotesting/.

For more information about free COVID-19 testing in the North Georgia Health District, log onto https://www.nghd.org/news/media-releases/free-covid-19-testing-available-in-north-georgia.


COVID 19 TESTING Dont Go To The Emergency Room
 
Per the following message from the Georgia Department of Public Health, please note that public health sponsors Free PCR COVID-19 Testing at Drive-thru MAKO Medical sites throughtout the North Georgia Health District, which includes Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties. Please go HERE to learn more and to register. -- North Georgia Health District
 
 
NEWS RELEASE
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                   
December 29, 2021
 
 
Atlanta – To help keep hospital emergency departments open to treat medical emergencies, individuals seeking COVID testing should not go to hospital emergency departments, unless they are experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms requiring urgent medical attention. Asymptomatic individuals or individuals with mild symptoms should find testing sites other than hospital emergency departments.
 

COVID-19 testing locations are available throughout Georgia and can be found on the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) website at https://dph.georgia.gov/covidtesting. We are working with our lab partners to expand testing hours and add testing sites, however, lines will continue to be long as thousands of Georgians want to get tested.

To help alleviate delays at testing sites, it is critical that people register BEFORE going to a DPH test site. Online registration (https://dph.georgia.gov/covidtesting) will help alleviate back-ups at test sites and free up staff to do more testing if they aren’t doing registration paperwork. 

COVID vaccination is available statewide and is our best tool for ending this pandemic and reducing the overwhelming strain on the healthcare system and healthcare providers. To find a COVID vaccination location, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine. Georgians aged 5 and older are eligible for vaccination. Georgians 16 and older are eligible for boosters six months after completing their primary vaccine series of either Moderna or Pfizer (only Pfizer is authorized for booster doses in 16- and 17- year-olds) and two months after their J&J vaccine.

Basic prevention measures should also be followed to help prevent further spread of COVID and mitigate outbreaks of infection, especially in public settings: wear a mask, physically distance, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

For updates on COVID-19, follow @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook.

 
Nancy Nydam
Director of Communications
Georgia Department of Public Health
2 Peachtree Street, N.E., 15th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 657-2462
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North Georgia – Positive COVID-19 test results have increased in North Georgia. The CDC has provided Omicron variant projections, but it will be a while before we have verification of the Omicron data for this area; and, as always, other related data will follow. 

Health officials urge residents to make the right choices to protect themselves and their loved ones against COVID-19 and all variants. Get vaccinated, along with a booster shot. Wear a mask in public indoor spaces and with people who don’t live with you. Get tested for COVID-19 if symptomatic and before traveling or attending a social gathering. 

Dr. Zachary Taylor, Interim Director of the North Georgia Health District, said, "We've been urging everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible, and we need those who are ready for their booster dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen vaccine to get that dose immediately, as well. The message is more important now than ever. People who get the booster are much less likely to become seriously ill or hospitalized.” 

The CDC confirms that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. 

Vaccination is still the key protection against COVID-19 and all variants of the virus. A timely booster dose maximizes protection against both infection and serious illness. 

As of today, only 30% of Georgians are fully vaccinated with an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are readily available at Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield County Health Departments with no need for an appointment during clinic hours. Go to bit.ly/COVID19Vaccine-NorthGAHealth. Plus, COVID-19 vaccine is available by both public and private healthcare providers throughout Georgia. These locations can be found at dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine. 

Anyone who is 16 or older and was previously vaccinated can get a booster dose once six months have passed since their last dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months have passed since they received a dose of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. People over 50 and those with significant underlying health conditions are especially encouraged to get a booster. 

Although public health experts are not currently recommending that those who are vaccinated or have received the booster dose avoid group gatherings, they are urging caution. Ways they can reduce their risk of becoming exposed or spreading COVID-19 include:

  • Staying home and isolating themselves if they develop COVID-19 symptoms, which can often resemble cold or flu symptoms
  • Getting a COVID-19 test promptly if symptoms develop
  • Getting a COVID-19 test before traveling or gathering with people who do not live with you, and again three to five days after traveling or gathering
  • Wear masks or face coverings in indoor public spaces, and when gathering indoors with people who do not live with you

Free COVID-19 PRC testing is available through public health in North Georgia at MAKO Medical sites. Go to this link to learn more and to register for testing: bit.ly/FREECoVTestingInNorthGA. Statewide lists of both commercial and DPH/MAKO Medical Testing sites are available at dph.georgia.gov/covidtesting. Also, home COVID-19 tests are fast, convenient, and available at many drugstores. 

Visit nghd.org/covid-19-central for updates and more information about the COVID-19 pandemic and response in the North Georgia Health District.