Currently the following groups are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia:
- Healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.)
- Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
- Adults aged 65+ and their caregivers
- Law enforcement, firefighters, first responders
- Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers
- Intellectual Disability is a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 22.
- A developmental disability is a physical or mental impairment that happens before the age of 22, is expected to last a lifetime, and impacts at least three activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include self-care; receptive and expressive language; learning; mobility; self-direction; capacity for independent living; and economic self-sufficiency.
- Parents of children with complex medical conditions who are at high risk for COVID complications
- Malignancies requiring active treatment
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including organ transplant (bone marrow or solid organ) within 2 years
- Critical congenital heart disease
- Asthma (moderate to severe)
- Sickle cell disease
- Obesity (BMI >95%)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Significant neurologic injury or condition (e.g. hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, traumatic brain injury, congenital anomaly, acute flaccid myelitis) with functional/developmental impairment (e.g. cerebral palsy, developmental disability, prematurity, mitochondrial disease)
Technology dependence (e.g. BiPAP, trach)
COVID-19 Information and Resources
Here at Christ Community Health Services, we are ready to help you and answer questions you may have about the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Our staff has received training about responding to this outbreak, and every clinic space is taking action to stop the potential spread of infection.
IS CHRIST COMMUNITY OPEN?
Yes, we are open during our regular business hours from Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I MAY HAVE COVID-19?
- Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms*, AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
- Call your Care Team** to talk about your concern BEFORE COMING to the clinic. CCHSA will report all potential cases of COVID-19 to the Department of Public Health.
- For screening, call AU Hotline at (706) 721-1852 or to take a free virtual screening available 24/7.
*Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure
**If you are experiencing extreme difficulty breathing, please call 911 or go to your nearest ER right away
DOES CHRIST COMMUNITY OFFER COVID-19 TESTS?
Yes, Christ Community offers COVID-19 screenings and tests for established patients. Established patients should call their care team before coming to the clinic to be screened.
HOW MUCH DOES A COVID-19 TEST COST?
The cash price of the COVID-19 test is $51.* Through May 15, all patient out-of-pocket amounts related to the COVID-19 test will be waived.
*Under Section 3202 of the CARES Act
The World Health Organization reports about 80 percent of COVID-19 cases result in mild symptoms. However, if you have any concerns go to the Emergency Room or call us.
People with mild cases are expected to recover without issue, and some may not be aware they are ever sick. Those with mild symptoms can still infect other people.
Certain populations are more at risk including elderly and people with certain health conditions
HOW IT SPREADS
COVID-19 is a flu-like virus that spreads through person-to-person contact through droplets produced when we cough, sneeze, and speak. There is a possibility that it can also spread if someone touches a surface that has the virus on it and then touches their own mouth, nose or eyes.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Patients with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
Shortness of breath
WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MYSELF?
Individuals and families should take the same everyday precautions that they do to prevent the flu or the common cold, such as:
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Please follow CDC’s guidelines if you think you are sick.
HOW DO I PROTECT OTHERS IF I AM SICK?
If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19. please follow these steps to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.
- For the latest updates and recommendations, please visit CDC.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
- The Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line provides 24/7 free and confidential assistance to callers needing emotional support or resource information as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Behavioral Health Resource: COVID-19, Grief and Loss, The Experience of Stress, and Methods of Coping
When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.
Psalm 56:3 (ESV)