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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                               
June 14, 2022
 
                                                                                      
Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, Stay Informed   
 

ATLANTA – With temperatures expected to be in the high 90’s throughout the state for the next several days, and at times feeling like more than 100 degrees with the humidity, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and sun and to limit strenuous outdoor activity to prevent heat related illnesses.

To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, remember to stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed.

STAY COOL

Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. 

Stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library or a friend or relative’s home – even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath is a much better way to cool off. 

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The North Georgia Health District will include the most up to date information here on Monkeypox from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to answer questions such as what is Monkeypox? Who is at risk? How does it spread? What are the symptoms? And, how can we protect against it? We will add more information as it becomes available. All the latest updates are posted on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/about.html

Latest Updates from the CDC

2022 U.S. Monkeypox Cases
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  • CDC is tracking multiple cases of monkeypox that have been reported in several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox, including the United States.
  • CDC is urging healthcare providers in the U.S. to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox.
  • CDC is working with state and local health officials to identify people who may have been in contact with individuals who have tested positive for monkeypox, so they can monitor their health.
  • Monkeypox is rare and does not spread easily between people without close contact. The threat of monkeypox to the general U.S. population remains LOW.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dalton, GA -  Due to the potential for severe weather, the MAKO Medical COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing site at Pleasant Grove Park in Dalton, Georgia will close at 12 PM today, Tuesday, June 7, 2022. 

All updates for the test site are posted to the North Georgia Health District website at nghd.org/media-alerts/expanded-covid-19-testing-in-georgia and on our social media pages at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Promoting Healthy North Georgians!

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  Three Basic CDC Recommendations
  Helping People Who Smoke Quit
  Increasing Access to Healthy Foods and Physical Activity
  Promoting Lifestyle Change and Disease Management

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Chronic diseases—such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes—are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. They are also leading drivers of the nation’s $3.8 trillion in annual health care costs.

Many chronic diseases here in North Georgia and nationally are caused by a short list of risk behaviors - the most basic risks are tobacco use, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity. Recommendations from the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) can help improve the health of residents here in North Georgia.

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Here are 3 Basic CDC Recommendations

 Helping People Who Smoke Quit and Supporting Comprehensive Programs

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. As of 2018, about 34 million US adults smoke cigarettes, and every day, about 1,600 young people under 18 try their first cigarette. In addition, 58 million people who don’t smoke are exposed to secondhand smoke every year.

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health focuses on motivating US adults who smoke to try to quit through its Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) campaign. Tips features real people who are living with serious health conditions caused by smoking and secondhand smoke exposure. The newest Tips series adds compelling stories from family members who take care of loved ones affected by a smoking-related disease or disability.

Tips connects people who smoke with resources to help them quit, including 1-800-QUIT-NOW, which directs people to free services from their state quitlines.

CDC also funds comprehensive tobacco control activities nationwide through the National Tobacco Control Program to:

  • Prevent young people from starting to use tobacco.
  • Promote quitting among adults and young people.
  • Reduce people’s exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Advance health equity by identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities.

What is the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line?

The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line is a public health service funded by the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement through the Georgia State Legislature. It is a FREE, confidential, and effective service available to assist Georgians with quitting smoking and all forms of tobacco AND alternative nicotine delivery systems, such as e-cigarettes and vaping devices. The quit line is monitored by GTUPP and partners with a national tobacco cessation vendor to provide telephone and web-based counseling services in accordance with the United States Public Health Service Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence Clinical Practice Guidelines. The services provided by the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line (GTQL) are effective, evidence-based interventions to help Georgians quit smoking and using any other smokeless tobacco products (i.e., dip or snuff).

Learn all about the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line by clicking on YOU Can QUIT!