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NEWS RELEASE
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                        
March 1, 2022
 
Powdered Infant Formula Recall Expanded
Five Reports of Bacterial Infection in Infants
 
Atlanta – A recall of powdered infant formula is expanding to include a specialty formula for infants with certain dietary needs. Abbott Nutrition is now recalling one lot of Similac PM 60/40 in addition to select lots of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare formulas manufactured in its Sturgis, Michigan, facility. The products are sold throughout the U.S. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging parents and caregivers of infants to check their powdered infant formula before using it.
 
The recall for Similac PM 60/40 includes lot numbers 27032K80 on cans and 27032K800 on cases.
 
The previously recalled powdered infant formulas - Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare - can be identified by the 7-to-9-digit code and expiration date on the bottom of the package. Do not use these brands if they meet all 3 of the following conditions:
  • the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37 and
  • the code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, and
  • the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

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NEWS ADVISORY
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                        
March 1, 2022
 
COVID-19 Daily Status Report Update
 
Atlanta – The COVID-19 Daily Status Report will reflect 4,253 “PCR positive tests” in the PCR/Molecular reported today and total test counts columns in the COVID-19 Testing table. The majority – more than 80% - are from January and early February 2022 and were previously reported as confirmed cases.
 
These positive test results came from a large lab in a batch report of sequencing results that attach to cases already in our confirmed case numbers. In addition to artificially inflating the number of PCR positive tests today, the PCR percent positive for today is 19.5%. When accounting for the previously reported test results, the PCR percent positive is consistent with the previous week’s percentages between 3.6% - 7.1%, as confirmed cases decrease statewide.
 
For updates on COVID-19, follow @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook.
 
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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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Covid 19 Testing in Dalton Woodstock Change in HoursNorth GA – Beginning immediately, MAKO Medical drive-thru COVID-19 test sites in Dalton and Woodstock will no longer operate on Saturdays; however, both sites will continue operating each Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 3 PM. Anyone, regardless of their vaccination status, who has COVID-19 type symptoms or has been in recent close contact to a person infected with the virus should get tested.

The MAKO Medical COVID-19 test site address in Dalton is Pleasant Grove Park, 1732 Pleasant Grove Drive, N.E., Dalton, GA 30721, and the address in Woodstock is JJ Biello Park Riverside Athletic Complex, 610 Druw Cameron Court, Woodstock, GA 30188.

Other MAKO Medical drive-thru COVID-19 test sites in North Georgia are operating at these sites on limited weekdays, as listed:

Know Your COVID-19 Community Level
The CDC's new COVID-19 Community Levels is a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data for each area. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.
 
We are updating the COVID-19 community levels each week for our six counties: Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield. Just click on our COVID-19 Updates for North Georgians page at https://nghd.org/covid-19-central each week to see your county's level.
 
Then look there for this COVID-19 Community Level tool to see what prevention steps you should take to avoid COVID-19 exposure based on the COVID-19 level for your community.
  
COVID community levels tool
Immunocompromised Guidance
 
Go to the CDC website to learn more about this tool and how to use it at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html.