New CDC Covid-19 Tool Available to Help Determine Prevention Measures

GAINESVILLE –As we enter this new phase in the COVID-19 pandemic, we now have a new tool in our fight against COVID-19 to prevent community spread.

The CDC has developed a tool to help communities Know Your COVID-19 Community Level.  This tool provides a county-by-county look at COVID-19 levels throughout the U.S.

It is designed to help communities decide what prevention steps are needed based on several factors: hospital beds in use, hospital admissions and total of new cases in the area. The data is then categorized into low, medium and high levels. Based on your community level, you can determine what precautions to take to protect yourself and others against COVID-19. For more information about this tool and to determine your community level visit the CDC website at:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

Covid-19 Data as of February 28, 2022

Click on the extract below for specific District 2 county data.

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 2/25/2022. 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 07

Week 07 – Ending February 19, 2022

As of week 07, Georgia flu activity is minimal= 1 (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 1.9%, the number of influenza-associated death was 0; the number of Metro Area Influenza Hospitalizations was 6; 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 https://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/

Voluntarty Infant Formula Recall – DPH News Release

Powdered Infant Formula Recall
Consumers Should Check Before Purchasing or Using Products

February 19, 2022

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging parents and caregivers of infants to check their powdered infant formula before using it due to a recall of some products. The recall includes select lots of Similac®, Alimentum®, and EleCare® formulas manufactured by Abbott Nutrition in its Sturgis, Michigan, facility. The products are sold throughout the U.S.

The recalled powdered infant formulas – Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare – can be identified by the 7-to-9-digit code and expiration date on the bottom of the package. Do not use these brands if they meet all 3 of the following conditions:

  • the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37 and
  • the code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, and
  • the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

Parents can also check Similac’s recall website or call 800-986-8540 and follow the instructions provided to find out if a formula they use is included in the recall. The recall does not include liquid formula products or any metabolic deficiency nutrition formulas.

Georgia WIC participants may return or exchange recalled formula to the place of purchase or contact their WIC clinic to exchange for replacement vouchers.

Parents and caregivers of infants should contact their child’s healthcare provider for recommendations on changing feeding practices if their regular formula is not available.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating after four babies became sick with bacterial infections after consuming the products. Three of the complaints concerned Cronobacter sakazakii infections and one complaint was Salmonella infection; both infections can be foodborne.

Additional recall information is available on the FDA website: https://www.fda.gov/news- events/press-announcements/fda-warns-consumers-not-use-certain-powdered-infant-formula- produced-abbott-nutritions-facility

Covid-19 Data as of February 21, 2022

Click on the extract below for data for each county in District 2.

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 2/17/2022. 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.