February Public Health Celebrates Heart Month

28 DAYS TOWARD A HEALTHY HEART

HALL COUNTY – The month of February is about celebrating love. This February, District 2 Public Health wants to inspire the community to set health goals to maintain a healthier heart. Heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

Most middle-aged and young adults have one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes, high- blood pressure, high cholesterol, being a smoker or overweight. Having more than one risk factor increases your chances of developing heart disease.

Developing a healthier lifestyle by being more physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthier diet, and managing stress are some of the ways to strengthen heart health. Don’t worry about making changes all at once, use the month of February to start with small steps to meet your heart health goals.

Make heart health part of a self-care routine. Just 30 minutes a day is all you need to make your heart a priority. Heart Disease is preventable and focusing on improving heart health is important.

In support of heart month, District 2 Public Health encourages you to wear red on Friday, February 4.

For more tips and information to improve heart health visit the healthy living page at phdistrict2.org.

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Covid-19 Data as of January 31, 2022

Click on the extract below for data of all 13 counties.

EPI SUMMARY: Data source Georgia DPH and SendSS. Cases include all confirmed and probable cases. Population data source Oasis, 2019. Time frame as of 11/06/2020 to 1/27/2022. Vaccines introduced 12/19/2020 – decline noted in cases after vaccine implementation. Vaccine data includes number of vaccines administered in each county in District 2 and vaccines administered per 100,000 (of the total county population). Vaccine data also shows number of one dose received and percentage of residents as well as 2 doses received, and percentage of residents vaccinated.

  • Graph above shows weekly changes in COVID cases. The case rate reported in the graph is approximately half of the 14-day case rate.
  • Vaccine graph shows percentage of individuals vaccinated by age group.

Georgia Flu Surveillance Update: Week 03

Week 03 (Ending January 22, 2022)
As of week 03, Georgia flu activity is moderate= 7 (on the scale of 1-13). Activity levels are based on the percent of outpatient visits in Georgia due to Influenza-like illness during this timeframe.

For the corresponding week, the percentage of outpatient visits for Influenza-like Illness was
3.9%, the number of influenza-associated death was 0; the number of Metro Area Influenza Hospitalizations was 2; and reported Influenza Outbreak was 0.

Getting the flu shot is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others.
District 2 health departments have flu vaccines available. Please contact your local health department for information on how to get your Flu vaccine at
http://phdistrict2.org/?page_id=597.

To learn more about how to protect yourself against flu, visit DPH website at
https://dph.georgia.gov/epidemiology/influenza/seasonal-flu-influenza and CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/

At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available Online or Over the Phone

At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits Can Now Be Ordered Online or Over the Phone

GAINESVILLE – Ordering at-home COVID test kits has been made easier. There is now a hotline available in addition to the online ordering option.

All U.S. residents can now order free household COVID-19 test kits online at https://www.covidtests.gov/ or call the ordering hotline at 1-800-232-0233 to place an order with the automated system.

According to the website, every home in the U.S is eligible to order 4 free at-home tests, tests will ship within 7-12 days.

County Health Departments are not distributing at-home test kits or N95 masks to residents; however, District 2 Public Health will continue operating PCR drive-thru testing locations in Forsyth, Franklin, Hall, Habersham, Lumpkin, Stephens, Rabun and Union counties.

It is important to follow CDC guidelines if you are feeling sick or have been exposed to COVID-19. For more information about COVID-19, please visit www.cdc.gov.

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Covid-19 Data as of January 24, 2022

Click on the extract below to view data for all 13 counties.

EPI SUMMARY: Data source Georgia DPH and SendSS. Cases include all confirmed and probable cases. Population data source Oasis, 2019. Time frame as of 11/06/2020 to 1/20/2022. Vaccines introduced 12/19/2020 – decline noted in cases after vaccine implementation. Vaccine data includes number of vaccines administered in each county in District 2 and vaccines administered per 100,000 (of the total county population). Vaccine data also shows number of one dose received and percentage of residents as well as 2 doses received, and percentage of residents vaccinated.

  • Graph above shows weekly changes in COVID cases. The case rate reported in the graph is approximately half of the 14-day case rate.
  • Vaccine graph shows percentage of individuals vaccinated by age group.