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What is COVID-19?

For up-to-date information, visit our COVID-19 page.

Watch for Symptoms

Call your doctor if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19.

Take these steps

If you're sick with or have been exposed to COVID-19

Sign up for alerts

Given the recent COVID-19 pandemic the Georgia Department of Public Health is partnering with Georgia Poison Center and PunchAlert to provide you with the latest alerts, information and recommendations from local governmental officials. PunchAlert is free and allows you to receive instant updates for COVID-19.

Text one of the following phrases to 77297:

  • COVIDGAGEN for General Public Messages (English)
  • COVIDGAESP for General Public Messages (Spanish)

Contact COVID-19 hotline

The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.


Due to the public health state of emergency surrounding COVID-19, the State Office of Vital Records has suspended walk-in services until further notice.

Guidance for Individuals

Industry Guidance

Businesses and Employers

Preventing COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is closely monitoring the outbreak of  COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) occurring in China and regularly coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


Don't Let the Flu Take Hold!

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to get vaccinated against the flu. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. Take preventive measures now. 


Hepatitis A in Georgia

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection. The best way to prevent Hepatitis A is by getting vaccinated. The Hepatitis A vaccine is safe and effective.


Vaping-Associated Lung Injury in Georgia

There are 42 cases of vaping-associated lung injury in Georgia, including six deaths. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, nausea and vomiting. 


Find health inspections for restaurants, pools, and hotels in your county.

Vital Records

The State Office of Vital Records provides accurate records and data concerning vital events.

Georgia WIC

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program 


Kathleen Toomey


Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., was appointed commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health by Governor Brian Kemp in March 2019. As commissioner, Dr. Toomey oversees 159 county health departments in 18 health districts, and various public health programs.

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