Our team is dedicated to helping Georgians stay informed and safe during the COVID-19 crisis. This page is designed to answer frequently asked questions and share resources to keep you and your family healthy. We will continue to update it as more information becomes available.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
What should I do if I have symptoms?
Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread.
Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with the state's public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. The list of Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 testing sites throughout the state can be found here.
How many cases are there in Georgia?
Click here to view confirmed cases by county.
How do I protect myself and my family?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Practice social distancing
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Stay home when you are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
View the CDC’s full list of recommendations here.
Should older adults take extra precautions?
Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for serious illness from COVID-19. Please visit the CDC’s webpage for guidance.
I'm currently traveling abroad. What should I do?
Please enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov. This is the best way to get real-time updates from the State Department.
If you have an emergency overseas, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call 1-888-407-4747 (from United States and Canada) or +1 202-501-4444 (from overseas).
I'm organizing an event. Should I cancel it?
Governor Brian Kemp’s most recent Executive Order bans gatherings of more than 50 unless there is at least six feet of distance between each person. The CDC provides interim guidance for event organizers here.
What resources are available to small businesses?
Click here to view our business resources guide.
I am a medical provider experiencing a shortage of personal protective equipment or other supplies. What should I do?
Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) is managing the state stockpile and monitoring needs across the state, in coordination with Georgia Department of Public Health. If your hospital is not connected to GEMA, please contact our office at 404-865-0087.
I heard a rumor. Is it true?
FEMA has a webpage to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to COVID-19.
What is Congress doing to provide relief for the American people?
We've worked on three phases of relief for the American people and will continue to evaluate the needs of states and local communities.
How has David responded to the coronavirus?
Protecting the health and safety of Georgians is David's top priority.
- Repatriated nearly 70 Georgians from around the world
- Located personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and hospitals
- Helped small businesses access Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and met with PPP recipients across the state
- Secured H-2A workers for farmers during planting season
- Expanded telehealth and broadband funding for rural communities
- Ensured seniors, individuals, and families received relief checks
- Increased resources to expand state COVID-19 testing
- Pushed a bipartisan solution to address the shortage of doctors and nurses
- Observed safety protocols at Fort Benning, Robins Air Force Base, and Moody Air Force Base
- Met with healthcare providers at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Martin Army Community Hospital
- Introduced the SCHOOL ACT to give parents and teachers tools to begin safely reopening schools
- Reached out to nearly a million constituents across all 159 counties through constituent conference calls
- Advocated for gradual, phased reopening of the economy
How has the Trump Administration responded to the coronavirus?
- Created a Task Force to coordinate the federal government's response
- Authorized nearly $2.9 trillion in coronavirus response funding
- Declared a national emergency to provide additional resources to safeguard public health
- Implemented travel restrictions to slow the spread of the virus in the U.S.
- Expanded airport screenings to identify symptomatic travelers
- Cut red tape to help expand testing availability
- Issued guidelines to slow the spread of coronavirus
- Invoked the National Defense Production Act, directing medical manufacturers to operate at max capacity
- Launched Operation Warp Speed to accelerate the development of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics