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The Coastal Health District of Georgia serves the counties of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long & McIntosh

COVID-19


Chatham County Health Department Operational Update

The Chatham County Health Department at 1395 Eisenhower Drive will resume normal operations beginning Monday, October 18th, providing all public health services.

The health department previously scaled back at that location, offering only essential services to accommodate the demand for COVID-19 booster shots. That demand has stabilized, and health department staff can now provide COVID-19 vaccinations along with all other services. Appointments continue to be required for all services.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments are available at the COVID-19 Vaccination Annex at 1249 Eisenhower Drive, the West Chatham clinic at 171 Crossroads Parkway at Gulfstream, and downtown at Fire Station #3 at 121 East Oglethorpe Avenue.

Days, hours, and vaccine brands vary at each location, so please visit chdcovidvax.org for more details and to schedule an appointment. For assistance, you may also call our COVID-19 Vaccination Phone Bank at 912-230-5506 Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Pfizer Booster Shots Available in the Coastal Health District

Beginning Monday, Sept. 27, the Coastal Health District will offer Pfizer booster shots as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Georgia Department of Public Health. Booster doses have been approved for the following individuals who received Pfizer vaccine more than six months ago:

  • Individuals aged 65 and older,
  • Residents in long-term care settings,
  • Individuals aged 18 and older with certain underlying medical conditions, and
  • Individuals aged 18 and older who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure because of where they work or live.

Booster shots have not yet been approved for anyone who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines. Please note: not every health department has Pfizer vaccine available. The following locations do offer Pfizer vaccine by appointment, and can give booster doses to eligible individuals. Dates and hours vary at each location.

  • Chatham Co. Health Dept. Annex (former EmployAbility building) – 1249 Eisenhower Dr.
  • West Chatham Site @ Gulfstream – 171 Crossroads Parkway, Savannah
  • Savannah Fire Station #3 – 121 East Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah
  • Glynn Co. Health Department – 2747 Fourth St., Brunswick
  • Effingham Co. Health Department – 802 Hwy. 119 South, Springfield
  • Liberty Co. Health Dept. – 1113 East Oglethorpe Hwy., Hinesville

Please visit chdcovidvax.org for more details and to schedule an appointment. For assistance, you may also call our COVID-19 Vaccination Phone Bank at 912-230-5506 Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Coastal Health District continues to stress the importance of vaccination for all Georgians aged 12 and older. Vaccination is our best tool to protect lives and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our state.

$100 Incentive Offered for COVID-19 Vaccination in Long County

The Coastal Health District and Long County Health Department will give Visa gift cards to the first 100 people who get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Thursday, September 30th at the health department. Vaccinations will be available from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 5 p.m.

The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) and Moderna vaccines will be available and are approved for people 18 and older. Appointments are required and can be scheduled at chdcovidvax.org by CHOOSING THE LONG COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT scheduling link for Moderna or Johnson and Johnson. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling 912-230-5506 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Only 18% of Long County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “COVID is killing a lot of folks,” said Long County Sheriff, Craig Nobles. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the vaccine, but the truth is that it will help save people in my community and surrounding communities. We’re all in this together.”

Janssen is a one dose vaccine and Moderna requires two doses, four weeks apart. Anyone receiving a Janssen vaccine at the event will be given Visa gift cards valued at $100.  Anyone receiving the first dose of Moderna vaccine will receive a $50 gift card that day, and then another $50 gift card when they return for their second dose in four weeks.

Anyone with one previous Moderna vaccination who gets the second dose at the event will be eligible for a $50 Visa gift card; please bring your CDC vaccination card documenting your first dose. The giveaway is not retroactive and only applies to first and second doses.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO ANY OTHER COASTAL HEALTH DISTRICT COUNTY BESIDES LONG.

New Distribution Process for Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

ATLANTA – The federal government has changed the way COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments will be distributed in the United States, including Georgia. The decision announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the result of supply shortages and extraordinary demand for the treatments across the country, particularly due to the rapid spread of the delta variant. Health care providers will no longer be able to order the treatments directly.

HHS will determine each state’s weekly allocation of monoclonal antibody products based on use and the number of new COVID cases. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) will identify which sites in the state will receive the product and the amount each site receives. Healthcare providers must record their administration of the products in order to be eligible to receive additional shipments.

DPH will work to provide monoclonal antibody treatments quickly and equitably to as many Georgia providers as possible. The Department will also address the backlog of requests previously made to HHS, which DPH was not made aware of until yesterday.

Monoclonal antibodies are synthetic, laboratory-created antibodies. They help people at high risk for severe COVID illness, individuals who have recently tested positive (within 10 days) for the virus, or people who are close contacts of persons who have tested positive for COVID.  They do not teach a patient’s body how to create its own antibodies.

Monoclonal antibody treatments are not a replacement for COVID-19 vaccination.

“We have safe and highly effective vaccines to protect against COVID-19. It is much easier to get a vaccine than risk becoming seriously ill with life threatening complications,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “Monoclonal antibodies are in short supply and high demand and hospital beds are full. What Georgia does have is enough vaccine for all Georgians aged 12 and over to be vaccinated.”

As of today, 53% of Georgians have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine and 46% of Georgians are fully vaccinated. COVID vaccine is available statewide and is our best tool for ending this pandemic and reducing the overwhelming strain on EMS, the healthcare system and healthcare providers. To find a COVID vaccination location, log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.

There are currently 136 locations in Georgia where monoclonal antibody treatments are being administered. https://protect-public.hhs.gov/pages/therapeutics-distribution. Patients should talk to their healthcare provider about monoclonal antibody treatments and must have a prescription or physician’s referral to receive the treatments.

McIntosh Co. Health Department to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Event

The McIntosh County Health Department will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Thursday, September 23, at the health department on Hwy. 57 in Townsend. The Moderna vaccine, approved for ages 18 and older, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Pfizer vaccine, approved for ages 12 and older, will be offered from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

As a reminder, the Moderna vaccine is available at the health department every Thursday.  

Only 36 percent of residents in McIntosh County are fully vaccinated and COVID-19 is still widespread throughout the community. Anyone who has not yet been vaccinated is urged to do so as soon as possible. The vaccine is free, regardless of insurance. Appointments can be scheduled at chdcovidvax.org.

“The vaccine does a great job of protecting against serious illness,” said McIntosh County Health Department Nurse Manager, Brooke Deverger. “We hope our residents will take advantage of this opportunity to protect themselves and their families by getting vaccinated.”  

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, call the health department at 912-832-5473 or go to covid19.gachd.org.

Coastal Health District Opens New COVID-19 Testing Site in Hinesville on Sept. 13

Next Monday, Sept. 13, the Coastal Health District will open a new COVID-19 testing site in Hinesville. The drive-through site at James Brown Park, 800 Tupelo Trail, will offer PCR testing and will be open for specimen collection Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Georgia Department of Public Health has contracted with Mako Medical, a North Carolina-based company, to provide testing services at the site. Health insurance will be billed for those with insurance, but insurance is not required, and no one will be charged a fee.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended and will help the line move more quickly at the testing site. You can begin the online pre-registration process at gachd.org/covidtest. For scheduling assistance, call the COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 1-912-230-9744 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For information about other COVID-19 testing opportunities in Georgia, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health website at dph.georgia.gov/covidtesting.

Chatham Co. Health Dept. Expands COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Services to New Sites in West Chatham County on Sept. 9

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 9, the Chatham County Health Department is expanding COVID-19 testing and vaccination services into the western portion of the county in partnership with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Georgia Tech Savannah, CORE, and Mako Medical.

The new drive-through COVID-19 testing site will be located on the Georgia Tech Savannah Campus at 210 Technology Circle, Savannah GA 31407. The health department has partnered with Mako Medical to offer PCR testing services at the site Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is no cost for COVID-19 testing through public health. Appointments are not required for testing, but pre-registration is strongly recommended for a faster visit at the specimen collection site. To pre-register for a COVID-19 test, visit gachd.org/covidtest.

The new COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be located at 171 Crossroads Parkway, Savannah, GA 31407. The health department has partnered with CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) to offer COVID-19 vaccinations at the site Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pfizer vaccine will be available each day, Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and Moderna vaccine will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is no cost for vaccination. Appointments are required, and you can schedule an appointment for vaccination at chdcovidvax.org.

The Coastal Health District also offers a call center for assistance with testing and vaccination appointments. For assistance with scheduling a COVID-19 test, call 912-230-9744. For assistance with vaccination, call 912-230-5506. More testing and vaccination opportunities are listed on our website at covid19.gachd.org.

Georgia Surpasses Grim COVID-19 Milestone: More Than 20,000 Lives Lost to COVID-19

ATLANTA – The number of Georgians who have died from COVID-19 now surpasses 20,000. As of 3 p.m. today, there have been 20,041 confirmed COVID deaths in Georgia since the pandemic began.

“It is tragic but not surprising that we have surpassed this grim milestone of 20,000 COVID deaths in our state,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., Georgia Department of Public Health commissioner. “Ninety seven percent of COVID deaths since we’ve had vaccine are in unvaccinated individuals. These deaths are preventable.”

COVID vaccines are safe and effective at protecting against COVID-19 infections. COVID vaccines also help prevent severe illness and death if an individual does get sick. The vaccines also reduce the risk of people spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID cases are surging in Georgia, driven by the delta variant. The delta variant is more transmissible than the original SARS-CoV-2 and research shows that it results in a higher rate of severe illness and hospitalization than other variants. COVID-19 is spreading fastest in areas with low vaccination rates. Currently, only 44% of Georgians are fully vaccinated.

All Georgians aged 12 and older are urged to get vaccinated, wear a mask in public settings and wash their hands frequently.

COVID vaccine is available statewide and is our best tool for ending this pandemic and reducing the overwhelming strain on EMS, the healthcare system and healthcare providers. To find a COVID vaccination location, log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine.

COVID testing is recommended immediately for anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, individuals who have had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be tested, even if they are fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated should get tested 3-5 days after exposure. Unvaccinated individuals should quarantine and be tested immediately after being identified, and, if negative, tested again in 5–7 days after last exposure. To find testing locations, log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/covidtesting. Please do not go to hospital emergency rooms for COVID testing.

COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination, and Health Dept. Operational Schedule for Labor Day Weekend

Health Department clinics, Environmental Health offices, and Coastal Health District offices will be closed for a state holiday on Friday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. However, COVID-19 vaccination and testing services will be offered at several locations. See a list of locations, dates, and times below.

To pre-register for a COVID-19 test, visit gachd.org/covidtest/. To schedule an appointment for vaccination, visit chdcovidvax.org.

Our Call Centers for testing and vaccination will be operational with normal hours, Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Monday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For assistance with scheduling a COVID-19 test, call 912-230-9744. For assistance with vaccination, call 912-230-5506.

Health Dept. COVID-19 Vaccination (appointment link):

Friday, September 3:

  • Health Departments in Bryan, Camden, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Chatham Co. Health Dept. COVID-19 Annex @ 1249 Eisenhower Dr., 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m.

Monday, September 6:

  • Chatham Co. Health Dept. COVID-19 Annex @ 1249 Eisenhower Dr., 8:30 a.m. -3 p.m.
  • Glynn Co. Health Dept., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mobile Clinics Offering COVID-19 Vaccination:

Please note – mobile clinics cannot give third doses for immunocompromised individuals. First and second doses only.

Friday, September 3:

  • Thrive Early Learning Center, 465 Harris Trail Rd., Richmond Hill, 2 – 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 4:

  • Forsyth Farmer’s Market, 2 W. Gaston St., Savannah, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Paynes Chapel AME, 2200 Albany St., Brunswick, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • K&M Multiservice, LLC, 5584 Ogeechee Rd., Savannah 1 – 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 5:

  • Temple of Glory Community Church, 1105 Stiles Ave., Savannah, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Back 2 School Night @ Elks Lodge, 183 Wilshire Blvd., Savannah, 2 – 6 p.m.

Monday, September 6:

  • Rousakis Plaza near stage on River St., Savannah, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (as long as supplies last)

COVID-19 Testing Schedule (pre-registration link):

Friday, September 3:

  • Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe St., Savannah, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Southeast Georgia Health System, Kemble Ave. parking lot, Brunswick, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Effingham Hospital parking lot, 459 Hwy 119 South, Springfield, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 4:

  • Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe St., Savannah, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Rousakis Plaza near the stage on River Street, Savannah, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • South Georgia Health System, Kemble Ave. parking lot, Brunswick, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Monday, September 6:

  • Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe St., Savannah, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Rousakis Plaza near the stage on River Street, Savannah, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • South Georgia Health System, Kemble Ave. parking lot, Brunswick, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Effingham Hospital parking lot, 459 Hwy 119 South, Springfield, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Coastal Health District and Effingham Health System Partner to Offer Free COVID-19 Testing in Springfield

A partnership between the Coastal Health District and Effingham Health System will bring free COVID-19 testing to Springfield beginning this Thursday, September 2nd. The drive-through testing site will be located at 459 Highway 119 South, across from the west entrance to the hospital. Enter the hospital campus off First Street to access the testing site. The site will be open for specimen collection every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Georgia Department of Public Health has contracted with Mako Medical, a North Carolina-based company, to provide testing services at the site. Health insurance will be billed for those with insurance, but insurance is not required, and no one will be charged a fee.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended and will help the line move more quickly at the testing site. You can begin the online pre-registration process at gachd.org/covidtest. For scheduling assistance, call the COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 1-912-230-9744 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For information about other COVID-19 testing opportunities in Georgia, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health website at dph.georgia.gov/covidtesting.