Important Georgia COVID Resources for the 7th Congressional District
All Georgians 12+ are now eligible to receive the free, safe COVID-19 vaccine. While most distribution sites are now offering walk-up vaccines, you can make an appointment by visiting the Georgia Department of Public Health website, vaccines.gov, or texting your zip code to GETVAX (438829), or VACUNA (822862).
- CDC Vaccine Hotline: (1-800-232-4636)
- Bilingual vaccine hotline (Spanish and English, Monday-Friday): 1-833-868-2667
- Vaccination FAQ
- Vaccination sites in the 7th Congressional District
If you are a health care provider, administrative specialist, or a retired health care professional you can volunteer for Georgia’s Vaccination Response HERE.
COVID-19 Testing Information
- Forsyth County:
- Gwinnett County:
- (770) 513-5631
Mask Mandates: Per the CDC, once you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can resume normal activities, and be indoors or outside without a mask. As we monitor variants and continue to vaccinate everyone, you may still need to wear a mask at your workplace, while traveling, or in large crowds.
American Rescue Plan Resources:
We passed the American Rescue Plan to get to the other side of the pandemic by getting shots in arms, money in pockets, people back in jobs, and kids back in schools. This bill included stimulus checks and vaccine funding, but has plenty of other resources to help your family shoulder the burden of this pandemic.
- The American Rescue Plan caps the cost of premiums for families who buy on the exchange at a maximum of 8.5% of income. Enrollment is OPEN NOW, until August 15 — visit healthcare.gov to sign up for affordable plans and get covered today.
- To make sure the bills get paid, the American Rescue Plan includes over $21 BILLION for rental assistance. Visit https://www.hud.gov/i_want_to/find_rental_assistance for details on who qualifies for rental assistance and how to apply.
- The American Rescue Plan funds food assistance programs like SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, helping to feed struggling families during the pandemic Click here for details on how to apply: https://dfcs.georgia.gov/food-stamps
Helping Your Family
- Starting on July 15, qualifying families with children will start receiving monthly payments of up to $300 for children under the age of six, and $250 for children ages 6-17. As long as your family filed taxes for 2020 and selected direct deposit for the tax return, you’ll start receiving benefits automatically; there is no other action you need to take. Those who didn’t select direct deposit when they filed 2020 taxes will receive either a paper check or a debit card.
- Click here for more information on who qualifies for these benefits and specific details on this program.
- If you lost someone to COVID19 and covered their funeral expenses out of pocket, the American Rescue Plan can reimburse you, up to $9,000. Details and application here: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance
If you still have questions on how to access resources from the American Rescue Plan, call my office at (770) 232-3005.
COVID Updates by the Numbers
Steps to take if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19:
- Identify Your Contacts
- Work with the Georgia Department of Health to identify everyone you’ve been in contact with to prevent further spread of the disease through contact tracing.
- Isolate if Sick
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19 infection, you must follow home isolation protocol.
- Quarantine if Exposed
- If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, monitor your health for 14 days from your last possible exposure and quarantine at home. Use the DPH quarantine guidance for more information.
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- When to seek emergency medical attention
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Difference between Flu and COVID-19
- Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2), and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.
- COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. More information about differences between flu and COVID-19 is available in the different sections below.
- Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis
If you have questions about isolation and the next steps you should take after a positive COVID-19 test, please call 866-PUB-HLTH (866-782-4584)
- V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Click here for registration process details.
More Helpful Resources:
- COVID-19 communications resources
- Includes PSAs, videos, social media, print resources, etc. (in multiple languages, regularly updated)
- COVID-19 information for workplaces and businesses
- COVID-19 information for schools and child care settings
- COVID-19 information for Institutes of Higher Education
- COVID-19 resources for communities, work and school
- Includes information for events and gatherings; parks and recreation; homeless populations; retirement communities
- COVID-19 travel resources
- Includes resources for domestic and international travel, cruise ships, FAQs
- Information about types of COVID-19 tests available in Georgia
- Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses
- FluView – weekly U.S. flu surveillance report
- Prevent Seasonal Flu – what you need to know this flu season
- Who Needs a Flu Vaccine and When – includes vaccine recommendation for the 2020-2021 flu season
- Flu Vaccine Finder – find out where to get a flu shot near you