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May 2020

All Georgia Residents can be tested for COVID-19:
Please see the information below from DPH

Georgia DPH Exceeds 100,000 COVID-19 Tests in 10 Days
Testing Now Available to all Georgians

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has reached it’s goal of
testing 100,000 individuals in 10 days. More than 108,000 tests were processed since
Commissioner Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H, set the DPH goal last week.
“This is an important benchmark for Georgia as we work to stop the spread of COVID19 in the state,” said Toomey. “Increased testing is critical to understanding where there
are hotspots of infection and how best to mitigate them.”
Effective immediately, testing is available to all Georgians who request it, whether
they have symptoms or not. There are more than 65 specimen point of collection sites
(SPOC) throughout the state, with an additional 30 mobile SPOCs - locations and
hours vary daily.
Individuals wanting to be tested can contact any Georgia public health department to
schedule an appointment at a SPOC location convenient to them. Contact information
for local health departments can be found on the DPH homepage at
https://dph.georgia.gov/ .
For more information about COVID-19 visit https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus o

May is Asthma Awareness Month, and May 5th is World Asthma Day. KMHS Clinic would like to remind the community that even with our busy schedules, it’s important to take time to remember the symptoms and risks of asthma.

Proper control and management of asthma triggers is the first step in controlling asthma symptoms. We ask that you help us spread the message on World Asthma Day that asthma control is vital in keeping the community healthy.

In Georgia, there were 24,271 emergency room visits for children 0-17 years old in 2017, which cost Georgia more than $55.7 million in emergency department charges. The Georgia Asthma Control Program aims to keep children healthier by encouraging asthma trigger management, adherence to long-term asthma control medication and updated asthma action plans. These strategies result in lower associated social and financial costs for families, including time lost from school and work.

For more information on World Asthma Day, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/world_asthma_day.htm .

According to the CDC, people with moderate to severe asthma are at high risk for severe illness. For information regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and asthma, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/asthma.html . This website discusses risks, treatment, and how to prepare. It encourages those with asthma to follow their Asthma Action Plan. For more information on what is happening in Georgia, please visit: https://dph.georgia.gov/preparing-and-responding-covid-19 .