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Be ready for hurricane season. Today you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to complete these simple preparations before hurricane season begins on June 1.  

Hurricane Webinar - May 5 at 9 am EDT

Hurricane Webinar May 5, presented by National Hurricane CenterThis free one-hour event is geared toward 3rd through 8th grade students, and they’re perfect for classrooms and homeschool families.

The National Hurricane Center will be conducting a live webinar from the Hurricane Awareness Tour in New York City about hurricanes that will focus on the job of a meteorologist, the weather hazards that come with hurricanes, and how meteorologists get you the weather information you need before a storm. Participants will have the opportunity to ask forecasters questions. Registration is required.

Register at:

This event will take place on WebEx and live streamed on YouTube.
The webinar is hosted by the Inner Space Center project Hurricanes: Science and Society, located at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

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Ellijay, GA – MAKO Medical will end drive-thru COVID-19 testing at their Gilmer County Civic Center Parks and Recreation site in Ellijay after operations on Friday, April 29, 2022. COVID-19 cases are currently decreasing in Georgia and home test kits are now easily accessible; therefore, fewer people are seeking services from these test sites.

MAKO Medical COVID-19 testing will continue to operate in North Georgia at the following two locations:

Pleasant Grove Park
1732 Pleasant Grove Drive, N.E., Dalton, GA 30721
Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 3 PM
JJ Biello Park Riverside Athletic Complex
610 Druw Cameron Court, Woodstock, GA 30188
Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 3 PM

Public health officials urge people to get tested for COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status, if they have COVID-19 type symptoms or have been in recent close contact to a person infected with the virus.

COVID-19 testing is free at the MAKO Medical sites and there are no eligibility requirements other than having a Georgia address and registering at This is PCR testing done by a mid-nasal swab to determine the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19. It is not an antigen or antibody test.

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North GA - National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 24 – 30, 2022. Each year, NIIW focuses on the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children — and this year it’s a priority to ensure that families stay on track for routine checkups and vaccinations following disruptions from COVID-19.

On-time vaccination is critical to help provide protection against potentially life-threatening diseases.

During NIIW, the North Georgia Health District encourages residents to remind their loved ones and community members to schedule children’s routine well-child visits and vaccinations. Contact your Health Department in North Georgia in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens or Whitfield County to arrange an appointment for your child, or call your child's private healthcare provider.

Click HERE to learn more about National Infant Immunization Week.

 Closed Early in Cherokee

Cherokee County, GA – Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Cherokee County Health Department's Canton and Woodstock Health Centers closed early today, Thursday, April 21st. We apologize for this inconvenience, but both health centers will reopen tomorrow morning, Friday, April 22nd. Please find here on our website the address, phone number and clinic hours for each of these health centers at