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North GA — The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) announced yesterday there are 19 cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 identified in Georgia, including one case in Cherokee County, located in the North Georgia Health District. This COVID-19 variant is commonly known as the UK variant because it was discovered in England, and it is now in several other countries and U.S. states. Currently, this is the only new variant in Georgia.

The other Georgia cases were identified in Carroll, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Paulding counties.

Case investigation and contact tracing to identify, inform and monitor anyone who was in close contact with these individuals are ongoing. However, officials advise that the virus could be identified anywhere so we must take the same precautions as if a case had been identified nearby.

“We are still not certain whether this variant of the virus causes more severe illness than the more common coronavirus, however, we do know that it seems to spread more easily and quicker,” said Zachary Taylor, MD, MS, district health director of District 2 Public Health and interim health director of North Georgia Health District 1-2. “With the presence of a more contagious variant, we must be even more vigilant to protect against it and continue taking the necessary steps to avoid spreading the virus – wear a mask, wash your hands, avoid gatherings.”

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North GA — Location changes are underway for some of the public health COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the North Georgia Health District, each of which is operating indoors.

These changes will allow more people to be vaccinated, so that as additional vaccine becomes available, health department staff will be in position to vaccinate larger numbers of people.

*To receive a vaccination at one of these clinics, you MUST First have registered for an appointment. More appointments will be scheduled when more vaccine is available (please see below).

As of Monday, February 1, public health COVID-19 vaccination operations will be as follows in these North Georgia counties:

Cherokee County:      Canton First Baptist Church, 1 Mission Point, Canton, GA 30114

                                     Mon.–Fri., 8 AM–3 PM


Fannin County:          Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge, 124 Jones Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30213

                                    Mon.–Thurs., 9 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–3:30 PM, and Fri., 9 AM–12 PM

Gilmer County:          Piedmont Community Center, 824 Industrial Blvd., Ellijay, GA 30540

                                    Mon., Wed., Thurs., 9 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–3:30 PM,

                                   Tues., 9 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–5:30 PM, and Fri., 9 AM–12 PM

Murray County:         Murray County Parks and Recreation Department, 651 Hyden Tyler Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705

                                    Mon.–Thurs., 9 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–3 PM, and Fri., 9 AM–12 PM

Pickens County:        Pickens County Recreation Department, 1329 Camp Road, Jasper, GA 30143

                                    Mon.–Thurs., 8 AM–12 PM & 1 PM–3 PM, and Fri., 8 AM–12 PM

Whitfield County:     Whitfield County Health Department, 800 Professional Blvd, Dalton, GA 30720

                                    Mon., Wed., Thurs., 8 AM–3:30 PM, Tues., 8 AM–5:30 PM, and Fri., 8 AM–12 PM

Cherokee County COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is Relocating

Canton, GA — The Cherokee County Health Department COVID-19 vaccination clinic will move to Canton First Baptist Church next week.

The department will begin operating the clinic at the church, located at 1 Mission Point in Canton, starting next Monday, February 1, from 8 AM to 3:30 PM each Monday through Friday.

The new location will replace the COVID-19 vaccination clinic currently located at the health department’s Woodstock health center. The vaccine will still be offered at no out-of-pocket expense at the new location. Insurance will be billed, but only if it is available. There will be no expense to any client. Anyone who does not have insurance will not be billed for the vaccination.

UPDATE Thurs., Mar. 25: COVID-19 Testing at MAKO Medical sites in Dalton and Woodstock had to close early today due to weather but will reopen tomorrow at 8 AM. Learn more about Free Testing and how to register below.

North GA — As public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties complete the shift from COVID-19 testing to COVID-19 vaccine distribution, MAKO Medical is contracted to provide *Free COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing in the North Georgia Health District, beginning Monday, January 25.

MAKO Medical COVID-19 TESTING site locations and operating times will be as follows:

Woodstock First Baptist Church
11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA 30188
(Please enter via Trickum Rd/Gunnin Rd entrance)
Starts 1/25: Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 3 PM

and at

Edwards Park
115 Edwards Park Entrance, Dalton, GA 30721
Starts 1/27: Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 3 PM


TTest Results QR Code 300he test is a nasal swab test to determine the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Testing results will be available within 48 hours. This is not an antigen or antibody test.


*Insurance will be accepted, if available.

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