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Latest Updates: July 31, 2020:Governor Kemp's Executive Order extending Georgia's State of Emergency
Latest Updates: July 24, 2020:Latest Order Regarding Court Procedures Due to COVID-19 Pandemic for the Douglas Judicial Circuit
Latest Updates: July 16, 2020:Governor Kemp's Executive Order extending Georgia's State of Emergency
Latest Updates: July 6, 2020:COVID-19 Douglas Public Health Presentation" slideshow as shown to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners
Latest Updates: June 2, 2020:Community and Social Services Resource Center (External link)
Latest Updates: June 1, 2020:Governor Kemp's Executive Order extending Georgia's State of Emergency issued May 28, 2020 (PDF)
Latest Updates: May 14, 2020:COVID-19 Guidance for Public Pools (PDF)
Latest Updates: May 12, 2020:Governor Kemp's Executive Order regarding driver services (PDF)
Latest Updates: April 30, 2020:Governor Kemp's Executive Order renewing Georgia's State of Emergency (PDF)
Latest Updates: April 28, 2020:28 Safety Guidelines for Return to Work - Salons - COVID19 4-2020 (PDF)
Latest Updates: April 10, 2020:COVID-19 Isolation and Contact Guidance 4.10.2020 (PDF) Douglas County COVID-19 Hub website
On March 2, 2020, the first cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were identified in the state of Georgia. Both of these cases are thought to be travel related and there is still not evidence of community spread.
What is Coronavirus Disease 2019?Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), in consultation with the CDC, is evaluating patient information received from healthcare providers about potential cases of coronavirus in Georgia.
Advice to the general public is the same as every cold and flu season:
CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms ("asymptomatic") and that even those who eventually develop symptoms ("pre-symptomatic") can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity - for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing - even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
At this time, all testing for coronavirus disease is being handled by the State of Georgia. Call your healthcare professional IF you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Symptoms of COVID-19:
COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include:
Visit CobbAndDouglasPublicHealth.org, for preparedness tips for both the workplace and residents of the community. Another good resource is the CDC website: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
For travel information, please visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
What is Cobb & Douglas Public Health Doing to Respond?
For Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19, visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html