COVID-19  Information for Georgians

COVID-19 - Coronavirus Resources in Georgia

The health and safety of our patients, employees, and families are of the utmost importance to us. Health Force of Georgia is monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and paying close attention to recommendations from local/federal officials for feedback on what we can do and how to handle this situation.

Protection Measures to Take

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with the CDC, and state partners to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S., including Georgia. The goal is to quickly identify cases of COVID-19 and take the appropriate public health action to reduce its spread and protect the general public. 

The same measures that are urged to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus are increasingly important for all Georgians:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • The best prevention against the flu is vaccination. Flu is still widespread and active in Georgia - it's not too late to get a flu shot.

COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and guidance is subject to change. The preparations currently underway in Georgia are based on the best scientific information we have from the CDC. DPH will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and work with state partners and health care communities to incorporate the most up to date guidance in our planning and preparation efforts.

Who can you call if you get sick and cannot be the caregiver?

If you are the caregiver for a parent, sibling, spouse or loved one and you get the coronavirus...what can you do?  Who can you take over your caregiver role?

Health Force of Georgia caregivers offer support and relief by taking over the daily tasks you normally provide to an elder or another individual with disabilities – allowing you to take the needed time to recover. Focus on getting healthy while the caregivers of Health Force of Georgia fill in for you.

Based on recommendations to date, Health Force of Georgia will continue to provide services to clients on their normal schedules. We are implementing additional precautionary measures to provide the safest environment for our patients, employees, and families.

We will continue to monitor developments around the spread of the coronavirus. As with all public health situations, we primarily rely on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the best information and preventive strategies.

 How Can We Help You?

Taking care of yourself first leads to better caregiving for the one you love. Use the helpful information on this page to prepare for the coronavirus. Learn more about our compassionate health care services by calling 770-458-8500. Or, fill-out our convenient online form and schedule a FREE in-home care needs assessment by our Registered Nurse.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) already has a detailed pandemic flu plan that was developed in partnership with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the Georgia Department of Education and other state agencies, and will be adapted for a COVID-19 outbreak in the state. DPH has responded to other serious disease outbreaks, including Ebola and Zika virus and each instance has provided new insight and guidance and highlighted the need to be as prepared as we can be.

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 Map

The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering has built and is regularly updating an online dashboard for tracking the worldwide spread of the coronavirus outbreak that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

What You Can Do to Help Avoid a Pandemic

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak with coronavirus links on this page.

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain at least a three foot distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.

Symptoms of the Coronavirus

Symptoms can show up anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure. Early on, they're a lot like the common cold. You might notice:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

There is a test for COVID-19. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19. Medical care can help to relieve the symptoms.

Temporary Help is Available When the Flu Strikes

Sometimes you need temporary help when you have an elderly parent that is living alone or have a sick child, or if the main caregiver in the family has come down with the flu/coronavirus -- or maybe the entire family is sick. The flu can spread rapidly through a family or school with little to no warning. You might suddenly need help with day to day activities such as housework, meal preparation or you might even need a skilled nurse to assess your medical needs. Health Force of Georgia is here to help.

Healthforce of Georgia serves Atlanta and surrounding 18 counties.


Our service area includes metro Atlanta, GA and 18 surrounding counties.


 


How Can a Caregiver from Health Force of Georgia Help with the Flu Epidemic or a Coronavirus Pandemic?

Health Force of Georgia has trained home health caregivers to assist you in these and other ways.

Health Force of Georgia provides skilled nursing care by highly trained Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses. Whether aiding recovery from the flu or a long-term chronic illness or even a short-term surgical procedure, our nursing staff stands ready to help patients return to their original well-being. We work closely with third-party insurers, doctors, and other healthcare providers to ensure coordination of care.  We've been serving families in Atlanta, GA and surrounding counties for 30+ years.

Give us a call. We can help.

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