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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Everyone must work hard to limit exposure and contain the possible spread of COVID-19.  It is important to take the Coronavirus seriously and do your part to stay home and stay healthy.

National and Regional Public Health Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides regular updates and guidance for the nation on COVID-19.   The site includes guidance on --

If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic.  Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

The CDC launched a new website and app with a COVID-19 screening tool and resources to help people protect their health. 

The Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Hotline phone number is (844) 442-2681.

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Protect yourself, your family, your friends, and your community:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay at home as much as possible, but especially stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (e.g., phones, handles, tablets, and keyboards) using a regular household cleaning sprays or wipes.

If you are sick or not feeling well:

  • Stay home, except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a face mask
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow
  • Clean your hands thoroughly and often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
  • Monitor your symptoms

When should you seek help?

Do not panic.  If you start to come down with a fever cough or cold and flu-like symptoms, stay home.  If you want to seek treatment, call your healthcare provider so they can be prepared for your arrival.  Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.  Wear a facemask if you can.  If you feel out of the ordinary, do not hesitate to call your healthcare provider.

Do not fall prey to stigma: Asian-Americans, including those of Chinese descent, do not have an increased chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.  There is no greater risk of acquiring and spreading COVID-19 unless you have recently traveled to an area where there is a wide-spread outbreak or been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.

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