Northwestern Georgia health facilities and public health call for action

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Northwestern Georgia health facilities and public health call for action

https://nwgapublichealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NWGA_Joint-COVID-19-Statement_09-21_F.pdf Link to the pdf:

https://nwgapublichealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/NWGA_Joint-COVID-19-Statement_09-21_F.pdf

Northwestern Georgia health facilities and public health call for action

ROME, GA: We need your help like never before. The pandemic – its current outbreak caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant – continues to spread throughout northwest Georgia and is quickly becoming an unvaccinated pandemic. Most new cases, hospitalizations and people in our intensive care units on ventilators and advanced oxygen support are not vaccinated.

Today, only 35% of the citizens of northwest Georgia are fully vaccinated, leaving the unvaccinated highly vulnerable to the contraction and spread of COVID-19.

While a few municipalities have declared a state of emergency, if you look through the regional healthcare landscape, there is no doubt that we are living in a public health crisis.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased dramatically and are straining our hospitals. Deaths, which can delay hospitalizations for a few weeks, increase dramatically, leaving families shattered and torn apart and frontline workers physically and emotionally exhausted.

Groundbreaking infections – fully vaccinated individuals become infected – do occur, but most cases are relatively mild. Studies of more than 4.5 million fully vaccinated Georgians show that fully vaccinated people have a low risk of becoming infected and have virtually no risk of being hospitalized or dying.

Cases and hospitalizations among school-aged children have increased to levels not seen during the pandemic. We are seeing the highest number of weekly epidemics in our schools since the start of the pandemic. This is preventable because many in this group are eligible for vaccination.

People who are only looking for a COVID-19 test should not go to hospital emergency rooms or call EMS unless they have urgent or emerging symptoms such as severe respiratory distress, symptoms of stroke, trauma, etc. Help us keep our hospital emergency departments open so that we can deal with emergency medical issues.

COVID-19 tests are currently available at various locations in northwest Georgia. Information about these facilities, including address and opening hours, can be found at www.DPH.Georgia.gov and www.NGHD.org. The tests are also available at most emergency care centers, primary care centers, and pharmacies.

Let’s work together to stop the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19. We strongly urge all people aged 12 and over to get vaccinated, wear a mask in public places where social distancing is not possible, and wash their hands frequently. Vaccines work. They are safe and prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death. If you have not been vaccinated, please protect yourself, your loved ones and your community by doing so.

The COVID-19 vaccination is our best tool to reduce the overwhelming pressure on our healthcare system, healthcare providers and EMS staff. To find a vaccination location, visit www.vaccins.gov.

Dr Gary Voccio and Dr Zachary Taylor

Georgia Department of Public Health

Mike Murrill

AdventHealth Southeast Region, CEO

Kurt Stüenkel

Floyd Health System, CEO

Jeff Myers

Hamilton Medical Center, CEO

Kenna Stock

Harbin Clinic, CEO

Chris Mosley

Piedmont Cartersville Medical Center, CEO

John Quinlivan

Redmond Regional Medical Center, CEO

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