Clayton County Health District News

DPH Urges Parents to Talk to Their Pediatricians for Guidance During Baby Formula Shortage

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging parents unable to find baby formula typically used for their child to contact their pediatrician about appropriate nutritional and safe feeding alternatives. Georgia WIC is working with WIC agencies statewide, local grocers and retailers, and formula manufacturers to help locate formula for clients, especially those in need of...

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New Legislation Offers Stronger Protection for Georgia Children Exposed to Lead

Atlanta – There is no safe amount of lead in a child’s blood. Even small amounts of lead can result in damage to the brain and nervous system, cause behavioral problems, learning difficulties and other medical issues – all of which may be permanent. However, legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Kemp, bolsters protection for Georgia children who may be...

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DPH Moves to Weekly COVID-19 Data Reporting

Atlanta, GA—The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is transitioning from daily to weekly COVID-19 data reporting. Case counts and vaccination updates will be published on the DPH website every Wednesday beginning April 20. The last daily updates to the Daily Status Report and the vaccine dashboard will be April 15.  Weekly intervals provide a more complete picture than day to day changes...

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COVID-19 Daily Status Report Update

Backlog of Cases Reported Atlanta, GA— The COVID-19 Daily Status Report will reflect more than 9,600 newly reported cases (PCR positive and antigen positive combined). Please be advised this number includes a backlog of cases that were not previously reported by a large laboratory. The majority of these are from January 2022 during the peak of the Omicron surge. We anticipate additional backlog...

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Increased Reports of Overdoses Involving Drugs Mixed with Fentanyl

Atlanta, GA— The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Drug Surveillance Unit has received increased reports of overdoses due to drugs mixed with fentanyl, particularly cocaine, methamphetamine, and counterfeit pills. Overdoses have been reported in several areas of the state over the past month.  Between early February and mid-March, at least 66 emergency department visits involved the use...

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Clayton County Board of Commissioners to Host Vaccinate Clayton Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Jonesboro, GA— The Clayton County Board of Commissioners Office of Communications will host a Vaccinate Clayton Virtual Town Hall meeting on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at 2 p.m. The purpose of this town hall meeting is to share information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and vaccinations. A panel of public health officials and county leaders will also answer questions for citizens,...

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Powdered Infant Formula Recall Expanded

Five Reports of Bacterial Infection in Infants Atlanta – A recall of powdered infant formula is expanding to include a specialty formula for infants with certain dietary needs. Abbott Nutrition is now recalling one lot of Similac PM 60/40 in addition to select lots of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare formulas manufactured in its Sturgis, Michigan, facility. The products are sold throughout the...

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COVID-19 Daily Status Report Update

Atlanta – The COVID-19 Daily Status Report will reflect 4,253 “PCR positive tests” in the PCR/Molecular reported today and total test counts columns in the COVID-19 Testing table. The majority – more than 80% - are from January and early February 2022 and were previously reported as confirmed cases. These positive test results came from a large lab in a batch report of sequencing results that...

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Powdered Infant Formula Recall

Consumers Should Check Before Purchasing or Using Product Atlanta, GA— The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging parents and caregivers of infants to check their powdered infant formula before using it due to a recall of some products. The recall includes select lots of Similac®, Alimentum®, and EleCare® formulas manufactured by Abbott Nutrition in its Sturgis, Michigan, facility....

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COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard Census Data

Atlanta, GA— As of today, the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard has been updated to use 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year census estimates for county level demographics. Previously, data came from 2018 ACS 5-year census estimates. With the update to 2019 ACS data, some county level demographic percentages may increase or decrease based on the new census estimates. Counties with smaller...

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