Best Practices for Virus Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) are the lead agencies in Georgia’s response to COVID-19. Georgia DPH is closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused COVID-19 first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, and regularly coordinating with the CDC.
ACCGov Emergency Management officials urge residents to follow these agencies for updates and recommendations:
- Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Webpage - dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Webpage [Note: Syndicated content from the CDC below] - www.cdc.gov/covid19
The Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health is the lead agency in our area’s response to COVID-19. ACCGov’s Emergency Management Office will continue to work closely with the Northeast Health District to ensure our response locally is appropriate for the situation.
Although the Georgia DPH considers the risk low to Georgia’s general population, we encourage residents to use this as an opportunity to review their emergency plans and local businesses to review business continuity plans. More information on preparing for COVID-19 and other events is available at www.ready.gov.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- The flu is still widespread and active throughout the state, so if you have not already gotten a flu shot, it is not too late. While the flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, it will prevent serious complications that require hospitalization and prevent overburdening the health care system in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.
- If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may resemble the common cold or seasonal flu, which is a far greater risk this time of year.