New variant of COVID-19 requires diligence in mitigation actions

Community, Press Release
COVID-19 mitigation

GAINESVILLE – Georgia Department of Public Health announced 19 cases of the Covid-19 variant B.1.1.7 present in Georgia. While no cases have been confirmed in District 2 counties yet, at least 30 other states have reported cases of the variant. The same measures used to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are recommended for this variant.

However, it is more important to follow these measures, as variant B.1.1.7 is more contagious. District 2 Public Health earnestly implores all residents to renew their efforts to control the spread of Covid-19 by following these steps:

  • Wear a mask/face covering.
  • Maintain proper social distance (at least 6 feet).
    •  Wash your hands frequently.
    • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Follow quarantine guidance if you are exposed.
  • Follow isolation guidance if you are sick or have tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Get a Covid-19 vaccination when you are eligible.

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