Public Health Updates + Reopening Guidelines

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Updated 7/09/2020

Get Tested

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is now encouraging everyone to get tested in order to assess the scope and breadth of the pandemic's reach. Testing is available to anyone, with or without symptoms. View a listing of DPH testing sites here.


Nearby COVID-19 Testing Facilities

CVS Minute Clinic has established a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on the Georgia Tech campus. The testing is available by appointment only. Get details here on requirements and how to sign up.

CORE Georgia has pop-up drive-thru and walk-up testing sites around the city, including at Saint Mark United Methodist Church. Testing is available to anyone, with or without symptoms. Details here.  


Tracking the Pandemic

City of Atlanta Dashboard - This weekly data-driven summary is used to inform City of Atlanta COVID-19 reopening decisions and to educate the public on key indicators being used for decision-making at the City level.

Fulton County COVID-19 Information Hub - See a dashboard of Fulton County novel coronavirus cases and how they compare to the state as a whole and the nation. Plus, FAQs, health services and other news and closures. 

Coronavirus in Georgia: COVID-19 Dashboard - The AJC updates this site daily to help readers understand the spread of the virus. It includes number of cases by day, testing statistics and more. 

The COVID Tracking Project - collects and publishes the most complete testing data available for U.S. states and territories. 


Other COVID-19 Resources

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted this general info about COVID-19. If you think you have been exposed to COVID‑19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

State of Georgia COVID-19

Fulton County Board of Health COVID-19

City of Atlanta COVID-19

Emory Healthcare - 404-712-6843

Piedmont Healthcare - 866-460-1119

What You Need to Know About the “Reopening Georgia” Executive Orders

Governor Kemp issued a series of directives that permit certain categories of businesses and institutions to reopen, provided they meet requirements for minimum basic operations. 

Know that this series of Executive Orders does not mandate that any business reopen, or that any customer patronize any business in-person. Individuals and businesses need to make their own decisions on how to proceed, as information about cases and testing continues to evolve. 

The Governor’s guidelines for reopening businesses and places of worship are enumerated in a 26-page executive order. Both business owners and consumers should familiarize themselves with the requirements. We read through the entire executive order and put together the below summaries for quick reference on dining, shopping, gyms and salons (tap or click to open each summary):


City of Atlanta 5-Phase Plan for Reopening

The Advisory Council on Reopening Atlanta recommended that Mayor Bottoms supplement the State’s reopening criteria with additional, voluntary guidelines. These guidelines are organized into phases that reflect Federal guidelines and reinforce the principles and goals outlined in the Advisory Council’s report. View the guidelines here. As of Friday, July 10, the City of Atlanta moved back into Phase 1, "Stay At Home," due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. 


Atlanta Mayor Issues Executive Order Requiring Use of Face Coverings

On July 8, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an Executive Order requiring all persons to wear a mask or a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth within the city of Atlanta in response to the rising number of COVID-19 infections. The Order also prohibits gatherings of more than 10 persons on city of Atlanta property. See the Executive Order here

Safety Advisories for Using City of Atlanta Parks and BeltLine

Maintain space (at least 6 ft apart from others) and stay safe when you go outside to walk or visit parks and open spaces.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued new guidelines for using the Atlanta BeltLine, broken into dayparts for essential activities and asking people to avoid using the trail if possible: 


Doing Good in the Community

We are so encouraged to see examples of Midtown community members showing their support for the medical professionals working tirelessly on the front lines. Read about some of these acts of compassion here