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Newsletter from the Coastal Health District (July 30, 2021)

The following information is courtesy of the Georgia Department of Public Health Coastal Health District

 

 

Weekly Update for 7.30.21

The Rapid Rise of the Delta Variant

COVID-19 case rates are still climbing rapidly in the Coastal Health District, and now all 8 of our counties are experiencing high levels of transmission. Camden County's COVID-19 transmission rate is higher now than it has been during any previous point in the pandemic - even higher than the post-holiday surge in January. 
 
Nationwide, COVID-19 cases have increased over 300% in just one month, from mid-June to mid-July. Health experts believe this latest surge is driven primarily by the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. 

The emerging evidence about the Delta variant shows that it's much more contagious than previous strains. This is partly because people infected with Delta have higher viral loads—meaning more virus in their body—than with previous variants.

So far it appears the vast majority of transmission is occurring between unvaccinated individuals. However, Delta is causing some “vaccine breakthrough infections,” meaning infections in fully vaccinated people. 

New studies suggest that some vaccinated people can be contagious if they get Delta and could transmit the virus to others. That's why, in areas of high transmission like the Coastal Health District, the CDC recommends that all people - including the vaccinated - wear a mask in public indoor settings to prevent spread and protect themselves and others.

If you are vaccinated, the good news is that most breakthrough infections are mild. Vaccines are working as they should—they are preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death in those who are fully vaccinated.

But the bad news for all of us is that variants are expected as long as transmission continues, which means we are in a race against time to increase vaccination coverage. High vaccination coverage will reduce spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging. Vaccination is the best way to protect you, your family, and your community.  

 

Next Week's Mobile Vaccination Clinics
in the Coastal Health District

The Coastal Health District and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) have several mobile vaccination clinics scheduled in the coming weeks The pop-up vaccination clinics are open to anyone age 12 and older, and there is no cost for vaccine.

The list below shows events scheduled through next weekend. You can pre-register for an appointment, but walk-ups are also welcome.

Click here to view the complete calendar of scheduled events and other public health vaccination opportunities in the Coastal Health District. 

  • Overcoming by Faith
    9700 Middleground Rd., Savannah
    Sat., July 31, 10a-12:30p
  • Pop Up Shop
    Benjamin Van Clark Park, Savanah
    Sat., July 31, 12p-5p
  • Cooper Center
    700 Davis Ave., Garden City
    Sat., July 31, 1p-4p
  • IGA Supermarket
    84 U.S. 84, Ludowici
    Wed., August 4, 9a-1p
  • St. Marys First Presbyterian Church
    100 Conyers St. West, St. Marys
    Fri., August 6, 10a-1p
  • Cypress Bay Baptist Church
    281 Charles Shuman Rd., Pembroke
    Fri., August 6, 10a-2p
  • Connor's Temple Baptist Church
    Amphitheater across street from 509 W. Gwinnett St., Savannah
    Sat., August 7, 9a-11a
  • Forsyth Farmer's Market
    Forsyth Park near the tennis courts, 2 West Gaston St., Savannah
    Sat., August 7, 9a-1p
  • MedBank
    836 East 65th St., Savannah
    Sat., August 7, 1p-4p
More Info about Mobile Vaccine Clinics

COVID-19 Testing by the
Coastal Health District

The Coastal Health District offers free COVID-19 testing in three locations. There is no cost for testing, and results are usually available in 24-36 hours.

Savannah/Chatham County
Civic Center @ 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.
Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. 

  • Mon.- Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Every first & third Saturday: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Brunswick/Glynn County
Health Dept. @ 2747 Fourth St.
Appointments are required.

  • Monday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

St. Marys/Camden County
Health Dept. @ 905 Dilworth St.
Appointments are required.

  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Use the links below to register online for a COVID-19 test: 

Chatham

Glynn/Camden

Or schedule by phone:

1-912-230-9744

The COVID-19 Testing Call Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

 

Your Vaccine Story

"Birthdays are very important to our family.  My grandmother wanted a family celebration for her 85th birthday.  My grandmother and I were vaccinated together.  We wanted to show our family that the vaccine was safe.  Vaccination helps us to gather safely with our loved ones."

- LaToya Brannen

Tell us your vaccine story!

If you've received the COVID-19 vaccine, why was that the right choice for you? We'd like to hear your COVID-19 vaccine story. We may share it here and at YourVaccineStory.com to help inform and inspire others. 

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Ask an Expert:
What are COVID-19 Variants?

Dr. Cherie Drenzek, State Epidemiologist for the Georgia Department of Public Health, talks about virus variants, and how vaccination plays a role in stopping viruses from circulating and mutating. 
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