Primary sources for information:

Georgia Department of Health COVID-19 Daily Status Report

Governor Kemp's Executive Orders

Georgia Department of Public Health

Fulton County Board of Health

Fulton County COVID-19 Distribution by City and Zip Code Reports

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC COVID-19 Page

We want to help you stay informed with the latest COVID-19 information so that you can make sound decisions to keep yourself and those you care about as safe as possible. We will keep this page current with important information because we want you to know what we know.

We strive to offer facts from primary sources. If we can help or you have a question, please reach out. @AlpharettaDPS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Gov. Kemp Extends Protections for Vulnerable Georgians, Releases Guidance for Businesses

From Governor Kemp

APRIL 30, 2020

Atlanta, GA - Today Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order and issued the following statement:

"Tonight at 11:59 PM, the statewide shelter in place order for most Georgians will expire. However, moving forward, I am urging Georgians to continue to stay home whenever possible. I want to thank the people of our great state who heeded public health advice, afforded us time to bolster our healthcare infrastructure, and flattened the curve. We were successful in these efforts, but the fight is far from over.

"In accordance with our executive orders, businesses across the Peach State must continue to operate with strict social distancing and sanitation rules to keep customers and employees safe through May 13, 2020. Those rules vary by business type for a measured, health-driven approach.

"The health and well-being of Georgians are my top priorities, and my decisions are based on data and advice from health officials. I will do what is necessary to protect the lives – and livelihoods – of our people. I will formally extend our public health state of emergency through June 12, 2020to continue enhanced testing across Georgia, ramp up contact tracing, and maintain effective emergency response operations in every region.

"To protect vulnerable populations, I will sign an order today requiring medically fragile and elderly Georgians to continue to shelter in place through June 12, 2020. In addition, I will order long-term care facilities – including nursing homes, personal care homes, assisted living facilities, and similar community living homes – to utilize enhanced infection control protocols, ensure safer living conditions, and protect residents and staff from coronavirus exposure.

"Together, we will defeat this virus and emerge stronger. Thank you, and God Bless."

Increased Testing Capacity

Testing Information - Putting it all together.

There is a lot of information, and it would appear different avenues to get tested. We want to pass on that this is a large effort that ramped up the testing capability in our State. It may seem disjointed but it's all heading in the same direction. Our strategy has been to share facts from primary sources with you throughout this, give us a call or send us a message if we can help.

It does not appear that if you call one you will be referred to the other testing sites even if they are closer. This is less than optimal, and we have heard they are working on making a one-stop-shop method. The take home is that if you need to be tested there is plenty of capability available.

The Fulton County Board of Health is staffing a COVID-19 Hotline at 404-613-8150 . You can call this number to receive an appointment for testing. We do know that the testing site they send most callers from North Fulton is located in Alpharetta.

These sites are  Fulton County Board of Health / Georgia National Guard/ Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management and collaborations with State and local jurisdictions, public safety, and emergency management organizations.

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency has created a webpage to give you #COVID19 testing information. There is a neat app created by Augusta University that will have you can utilize for symptoms and testing.

This website list testing sites and screening from the Georgia National Guard/Auguste University collaboration, from private providers, such as CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart, Community Health Center Sites, as well as County Public Health information.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Need to get tested for COVID-19?

Need to get tested for COVID-19?

We have heard many wanting to be tested for COVID-19 and expressing frustration with not being able to find testing. We also field numerous questions about private entities charging for COVID-19 testing. So, we talked to the Fulton County Board of Health and have some information for you.

The Fulton County Board of Health has been operating multiple testing sites that are free to Fulton County residents. Tomorrow they are opening a new testing site that is located in North Fulton County. The location has never been prohibitive in getting tested. Now it is even more convenient, all you have to do is call the Fulton County Board of Health to get a number and the location of a test site. Arrive at your allocated time and get tested. It’s as easy as that. There is plenty of capacity, we do not have any reports of people being turned away.

The Georgia National Guard is also running testing sites throughout the State. To access these, you can utilize the express care app from Augusta University. It’s just as easy.

There is work underway to merge all of the various counties’ health department sites, as well as the State sites, into one contact method.

Private testing sites:
Yes, they exist, and most are legitimate. They do typically charge a fee and/or bill your insurance. Unfortunately, there are also scam sites that are selling an illegitimate product, trying to steal your personal information, or both.

Antibody testing:
This is where it gets complicated. We applied a strategy early on to only share facts from primary sources (CDC, Department of Public Health, etc.) to help cut down on rumors and false information surrounding COVID-19. There is not a lot of primary sourced facts dealing with antibody testing. The facts seem to point to the need for more testing to be done to validate what the experts can learn from antibody testing. There are numerous studies underway, but there is not a definitive answer as to what a positive or negative antibody test means. When we find out more, we will pass it on to you.

Fulton County Board of Health has asked us to help them make their process better for you. When you call their number and go through the testing process let us know about your experience. Many of the people manning their hotline did other health jobs prior to this and are not experienced working in a call center, so be patient. They want to help and will get you connected.

Call us if we can help, let us know what information we can find out for you. We will do everything we can to keep you informed.