Health care providers hope the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine will appeal to people who haven't recieved any doses of previous vaccine iterations.
People diagnosed with monkeypox disease shared their experiences Thursday at a town hall meeting hosted by the Fulton County Board of Health and Atlanta Pride.
Men who have sex with men in the metro Atlanta area may be at risk of contracting monkeypox. The Georgia Department of Public Health said Friday there is enough vaccine for 1,500 people.
Since May, when this monkeypox outbreak was discovered, cases have exploded in a short period of time, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health — and are probably undercounted.
Data released Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows BA.5 already makes up 65% of all circulating SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Dr. Harry Heiman, a public health expert at Georgia State University, said Tuesday that there are positive and encouraging trends on COVID in the state, “but we are far from out of the woods.’’
State public health officials reported a single-day total of 10,798 COVID-19 cases Tuesday, along with 86 deaths.
The advisory board for the state’s public health agency plans to resume its regular public meetings this fall after not holding any since before the COVID-19 pandemic first reached Georgia early last year.
Gov. Brian Kemp added judges and courthouse staff to the list of Georgians currently eligible for vaccination, which includes anyone in a high-risk category such as cancer survivors, people with asthma and those considered obese.
Georgia is in last place among U.S. states in the pace of vaccination. Only Puerto Rico and Micronesia are slower than Georgia at distributing COVID-19 vaccines.
Georgia has passed the 200,000 mark in COVID-19 cases and is close to exceeding 4,000 deaths from the virus.
Wayne County, in southeast Georgia, has the 10th-highest rate among U.S. counties of cases per resident, according to figures reported by the New York Times. That’s been driven by FCI Jesup, a federal prison in the county that has more than 200 COVID-19 cases, including 15 staff members.
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