DeKalb County’s Fight Against COVID-19
Saving Lives is still the Number One concern.
We know that not maintaining the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines that transmission is likely, reported cases of the Covid 19 virus will start to increase again.
The DeKalb Health Department is screening calls and directing patients to test sites that are under-used. Their number is 404-294-3700 option 1.
COVID-19 Test Updates
The DeKalb County Board of Health operates the following testing locations, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 AM. until 3:00 PM.
– Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, 1879 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta, 30316
– Former Sam’s Club 2994 Turner Hill Road, Stonecrest, 30038
– BrandsMart USA Parking Lot 5000 Motors Industrial Way, Atlanta, 30360
COVID-19 testing is free and open to all individuals who wish to be tested. A driver’s license or identification card is not required, however registration in advance is strongly encouraged. Call center hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM. until 5:00 PM. and 9:00 AM. until 3:00 PM. on Saturday.
Remember that we do not yet have a comprehensive tracking system in place to help us gauge where the hot spots may be or to catch cases early.
If you feel bad please stay home, but remember you may be contagious without symptoms being present. Therefore wear a mask if you go out, and wash your hands frequently.
“Think Safe Act Safe Be Safe”
Please remember that we are dealing with a situation that changes daily. Visit here to access specific DeKalb County Departments for updates to service delivery.
Visit the CDC for additional information and tips for keeping yourself and family healthy.
Getting Your Flu Shot Can Save Others
It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.
While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as:
- Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
- Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.
- Help Protect Your Family, Essential Workers and Our Community!
DeKalb County Government is Being Proactive!
CEO Thurmond has issued two executive orders urging county employees and residents to get a flu vaccine by October 31st to protect themselves and to reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information about the flu or the DeKalb County Board of Health’s immunization programs, including worksite or community flu clinics, visit dekalbhealth.net/flu or call 404-294-3700.
The DPH and CDC Partner to Conduct a COVID-19 Antibody Testing Survey
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is partnering with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Fulton and DeKalb County Boards of Health to conduct an antibody testing survey to better understand how many people may have already been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.
For additional information visit here.
Georgia DPH Hotline & Other Health Resources
- GA DPH Hotline Number: 844-442-2681 (Monday-Friday 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM EST)
- The DeKalb County Board of Health COVID-19 Call Center: 404-294-3700 (and selecting Option 1), open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Emory COVID-19 Checker: https://c19check.com/start.
- Apple App regarding COVID-19 symptoms and guidance
- More resources here
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities can be accessed at https://dbhdd.georgia.gov, and the Georgia Crisis & Access Line is 800-715-4225 and is available 24/7.
UPDATED CDC Guidance: When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19
UPDATED CDC Guidance: Interim Guidelines for COVID-19 Antibody Testing
UPDATED CDC Guidance: COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings
UPDATED CDC Guidance: Funeral Guidance for Individuals and Families
UPDATED CDC Guidance: Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19
UPDATED CDC Guidance: Returning from International Travel
UPDATED CDC Guidance: for Communities, Schools, Workplaces and Event
Economic Assistance and Resources
I hope all DeKalb businesses will apply for all economic aid for which you or your employees may be eligible. Utilize our Decide DeKalb Economic Development Authority for advice and expertise. I call on them to create a Kelly Loan program for those DeKalb businesses who did not receive a federal aid loan.
Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) & Unemployment Insurance for 1099 Workers
According to the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL), 1099 workers, including independent contractors and workers in the gig economy, will receive guidance and be eligible to apply for Pandemic Employment Assistance (PUA) through GDOL on Monday, April, 13th.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Programs
As a result of the CARES Act, there are a few funding options, including the Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL Loan Advance, SBA Express Bridge Loans, and SBA Debt Relief. You can learn more about your options here.
Economic Impact Payments-What You Need To Know
The IRS is committed to helping you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.
For information visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments.