Order Your At-Home Covid-19 Test Kits Today

DATE: May 31, 2022

Natasha Young, Public Information Officer
PH: 770-531-5679 • FAX: 770-535-5958

GAINESVILLE – COVID-19 testing remains important in the fight against community spread. Free COVID-19 at-home test kits are available through a partnership with the federal government and the United States Postal Service.

Help protect your community against COVID-19, order your at-home test kit by visiting covid.gov/tests or order by phone in English or Spanish by calling 1-800-232-0233. Individuals with impaired hearing who require assistance should call TTY 1-888-720-7489.

Each household will receive:

  • 8 rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Your order of 8 tests will come in 2 separate packages (4 tests in each package), each with its own tracking number
  • Packages will ship free

When to test for COVID-19:

  • You have any COVID-19 symptoms, test immediately
  • You were exposed to someone with COVID-19, test at least 5 days after your exposure (If you test negative for COVID-19, consider testing again 1 to 2 days after your first test)
  • You are going to an indoor event or a gathering, test immediately before the gathering, or as close to the time of the event as possible.

Every household in the U.S. is eligible to order at-home test kits. Order your free COVID-19 test kits at covid.gov/tests today.

Covid-19 Data as of May 30, 2022

Click on the image below to view data for all 13 counties 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 5/26/2022.

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 20

Week 20 – Ending May 21, 2022

As of Week 20, Georgia flu activity is minimal= 3 (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 2.7%, the number of influenza-associated death was 0; the number of Metro Area Influenza Hospitalizations was 17; and reported Influenza Outbreak was 2.

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/contact-us/.

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/

Travel Health Clinic to Open at Forsyth County Health Department

DATE: May 27, 2022

Natasha Young, Public Information Officer
PH: 770-531-5679 • FAX: 770-535-5958

CUMMING – Travel season is fast approaching. This year is set to become a very busy travel season compared to the previous two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Forsyth County Health Department will open an international travel clinic to provide travel consultations, vaccinations, and medications starting June 1.

The travel nurse specialist will provide important health advice concerning your travel destination. During your visit, discuss your travel plan with your nurse to determine what destination–specific vaccines and medicines are needed. Nurses will go over routine, required and recommended vaccines as well as preventative medications during the consultation. You can receive your vaccines on the day of the consultation, a separate vaccination appointment is not required.

Plan your clinic visit early, six to eight weeks before you leave for your trip is recommended. Most insurances will not cover the cost of travel vaccines, contact your insurance company for its specific travel vaccine policy.

Travel smart while traveling abroad. Schedule your travel appointment by contacting the Forsyth County Health Department at 770-781-6900. Clinic hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

For more information regarding travel vaccines visit the CDC website to learn more.


May 26, 2022 – Forsyth and Hall County Covid-19 Test Sites are Closed Due to Weather

Date: May 26, 2022

Natasha Young, Public Information Officer
Ph: 770-531-5679 | Fax: 770-535-5958

GAINESVILLE – District 2 Public Health and Mako Labs will close the COVID-19 test sites at Sherwood Plaza in Gainesville and Central Park Recreation Complex in Cumming today, May 26, 2022, due to inclement weather.

The testing sites will reopen tomorrow if it is safe to do so.