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Government Information: Health Info.

Research Guide for Government Information resources

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)  --

    CDC page -  updated Monday, Wednesday, Friday

            9/18/20 - udpated "clarifications" re asymptomatic testing if have been in close contact with an infected person

    AJC page - focus is Atlanta and statewide

    World Health Organization (WHO) page

     Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE  -- visual dashboard of statistics worldwide

     COVID-19  Projections - for the U.S. - updated daily by the Univ. of Washington's Health Metrics and Evaluation

     Florida COVID-19 Response - select "see dashboard"  - updated daily

    U.S. State Dept. page - notes info. re students on foreign study programs

   COVID-19 Outbreak Detection Tool developed by researchers at Georgia Tech, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/Harvard Medical School, and Boston Medical Center - predicts how fast an outbreak is spreading within a given county. Updated 2-3 times per week.

   White House Taskforce Report - Georgia - 9 pages, dated 8/16/20; reported in the AJC 8/19/20 , page 1.

   MIT Medical news on COVID-19 - has FAQ and updates. Plus, a mathematical explanation (with link to video of MIT Professor also explaining) antibody test’s sensitivity and specificity, combined with low population prevalence...

   Harvard Medical School on "if you've been exposed to the coronavirus" - notes the saliva test; the nasal swab test -- and gives guidance on "What are the chances that a coronavirus test will tell me I am not infected when I actually am?

  Yale Univ. - rapid COVID-19 saliva test - given FDA Emergency Use Authorization for "SalivaDirect" - Aug. 15, 2020 - per Yale news release - we expect that labs will only charge about $10 per sample...One of the team’s goals was to eliminate the expensive saliva collection tubes that other companies use to preserve the virus for detection.
   Assessment of SARS-CoV-2 Screening Strategies to Permit the Safe Reopening of College Campuses in the United States - research in JAMA Network Open, July 31, 2020. Cited by experts on's Q&A re "is it safe to go to college?"
   Emergency Use Authorizations for Medical Devices -- from US Food & Drug Administration - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

   EPA list of about 200 disenfectants for use (option to export to pdf; default is displaying 25 products per page)


Universities and colleges

   Chronicle of Higher Education - Here's our list of colleges' reopening models - updated frequently. Has interactive map. Source is the College Crisis Initiative at Davidson College.

   A New Front in America's Pandemic: College Towns -- New York Times, 9/6//20; updated online 9/10

   How Colleges Became the new COVID Hotspots - New York Times, 9/12 /20 [in databases with title: U.S. Campuses See Explosion of Virus Cases]

    Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Daily Status Report - has totals by county. Also, has some demographic info. See its Dashboard page for extensive graphs, downloading charts, and enhanced capabilities for data visualization.

   COVID Tracking Project - from The Atlantic magazine.


   CDC - Businesses and Workplaces - guidance released 5/14 on safely reopening. Includes 1-page decision tool for workplaces; and 1-page decision tool for restaurants and bars.

   Coronavirus travel restrictions: where visitors must still quarantine - list of states, with details. From USAToday, revised often.

   Where all 50 states stand on reopening - from; revised often.

Face masks / face coverings / face shields

The CDC has instructions on a do-it-yourself-no-sewing-cloth-mask -- items needed: bandana/scarf ; 2 rubber bands ; coffee filter (ideally) . It takes less than a minute. The Surgeon General has a video of this on YouTube.
Also, Georgia Tech has a website on face masks, which includes how to wash these DIY face masks.
Hybrid mask / face shield -- DIY, from Georgia Tech students - Project FREE [Face Masks Reducing Exposure for Everyone]
Face shield - open source, from Univ. of Wisconsin - focus is on making shields to donate. Also lists suppliers of "PET" sheets (clear polyester film) ; foam ; elastic bands  [note: there are tradenames for some popular brands of polyester film]
Per Fox5 Atlanta segment on 6/30/20, Schutt is making a "Splash Shield" to sell - for football helmets. A GT helmet was featured.
Places in Georgia requiring face coverings (executive orders of mayors ; ordinances of county commisioners)
Athens-Clarke County
Dekalb County - for public spaces
Sandy Springs
University System of Georgia (USG) campuses - as of 7/15/20 - scroll down to "Face Coverings on Campus"
Articles about Georgia Tech and face coverings
AJC article 6/27/20 re use of face masks on university campuses in GA

Phone hotlines

    State of Georgia:  844-442-2681 -- call before seeing your Doctor

    Fulton County - 404-613-8150 -- to  get test results; speak to a nurse

   Dekalb County - 404-294-3700, Select Option 1  [available Mon.-Fri., 8:30am - 5:00pm]

    All of GA, Augusta Univ.'s COVID-19 Virtual Screening (website has option to download app) -  available 24/7 - 706-721-1852


Testing locations -

  For GT students, faculty, and staff - FREE. Though no appointment needed, go to : to complete a short survey and get the barcode (do this for each time you're tested - if you take the survey on a desktop computer, take a photo with your phone of the barcode)

     CVS stores with testing - register in advance to schedule an appointment. Insurance card required. More info.


Executive Orders - Georgia Governor  - 2020

8/31/20 - Renewal of Public Health State of Emergency -- until October 10th.

6/29/20 - 2 Executive Orders. One is 3 pages, and renews the Public Health State of Emergency until August 11th (was set to expire July 12th). The second order:  Providing additional guidance for empowering a health Georgia in response to COVID-19 - also 40 pages.

6/11/20 - Providing additional guidance and empowering a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19.  40 pages.  It encourages the use of face coverings. Effective June 16-June 30 in general; some parts effective 6/11 (e.g., age restriction on sheltering in place).

  4/30/20 - Renewing the public health State of Emergency issued on March 14 and renewed April 8 to assist with the state's response to COVID-19  -- details re extending "shelter-in-place" are in a News Release for 4/30 from the Governor.

   4/23/20 - Providing guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19 - details what one can do in shelter-in-place, and includes requirements for restaurants, movie theatres, and gyms/fitness centers

  4/20/20 - Providing flexibility for healthcare practices, moving certain businesses to minimum operations

    4/8/20 -  Renewing the Public Health State of Emergency to assist with the state’s response to COVID-19 - 2 pages -- State of Emergency extended to May 13th.

   4/2/20 - Issuing a statewide shelter in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 - 9 pages (note: 22-page "more guidance" document is no longer available on Governor's website)

   3/14/20 - Public Health State of Emergency until April 13th.

Georgia business and economic issues-

Georgia Dept. of Economic Development page detailing what businesses can open and requirements; what businesses open in next categories and phases.

Governor Kemp's memo re state budget cuts, May 1, 2020 (as reported in Online Athens)

Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers - 28 Safety Guidelines for reopening barber and cosmetology salons


Vaccine -

   Emory Univ. is partnering with Kaiser Permanente Washington and National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease (part of NIH) - Atlanta magazine feature for June 2020 issue.  This is also in partnership with Moderna Therapeutics. Update on 5/18 on -

   Oxford Univ.'s Jenner Institute is working on a vaccine.  In-depth article in New York Times, April 27.  Update on 5/17 from USA Today -

 Another co. working on vaccine: Inovio ; and, per NYT article noted above, CanSino in China.

       Per the NYT article, Modern and Inovio's approach - " technologies involving modified or otherwise manipulated genetic material"                       

  U.S. Health and Human Services project - Operation Warp Speed -  major grants, including:

      $1.6B -  to Novavax, a biotech co. based in Gaithersburg, MD - July 2020    

Food Safety


Health Data

Health Insurance

Sen. Cassidy's website for the bills/proposals has links to texts of these proposals/bills -- "Graham-Cassidy", or "Cassidy-Graham", or "Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson"

"Graham-Cassidy" bill, on Sen. Cassidy's website, mid-Sept. 2017 (140 pages)

"Graham-Cassidy" bill, rev. LYN17744, on Sen. Cassidy's website, Sept. 24 or Sept.25, 2017 (146 pages)

"Graham-Cassidy" bill, most recent, LYN 17752, on Sen. Cassidy's website, Sept. 25, 2017 (also 146 pages)

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148)

    Health and Human Services (HHS) website has:   benefits info. in "plain language"

            Key features (includes timeline of implementation)

           Georgia impact -- How the Health Care Law is Making a Difference for the People of Georgia

           It also links to the official text - in pdf, about 900 pages [from GPO - the pdf and plain text are also available via GPO's FDSys database]

    Legislative history:  Library of Congress [detailed] ; GPO [brief, but links to text] - If you are currently uninsured, you can get insurance and info. here, from the U.S. government's "health insurance marketplace" 



Health Info.

Medical Devices

Searching for periodical articles and health information

Sources listed below are standard medical reference sources :

GT subscription databases that include a wide range of periodical literature:

[offsite access is for GT faculty, staff, and students for academic use]. 

Non-GT users may use these onsite, in the Library. Note: GALILEO is a consortia in Georgia that allows access to some general databases for Georgia citizens - check with your local public library; some of these are available.


The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has a help line, staffed by its information specialists --  Mon.-Fri., 9:00am to 9:00pm [Eastern time]


or, email at:

Hospitals and Nursing Homes