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01.14.2022 COVID-19 Update

By DT Simmons, PIO

January 14, 2022

 Franklin and Gulf Community Health Update – 1/14/2022


  1. VACCINES: COVID-19 vaccines are still available at your local health department, medical provider offices, and some pharmacies.

For the latest information about boosters, see below.


  1. TESTING: COVID-19 testing remains available and health providers appreciate your patience as they assist with the increased demand in our communities. If you do not have symptoms, COVID-19 testing is unlikely to have any clinical benefits. If you are planning to use a drive-up Nomi Health Testing site, they would like you to please pre-register for your appt to improve your wait time. You can do this by going to the Nomi Health website:

 A full list of local places for testing is available attached.


  1. CASES: Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise, but fortunately, most individuals have experienced more mild symptoms.

 If you are positive and do not need medical attention:

  • You can end isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved.
  • You should continue to wear a well-fitting maskaround others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of your 5-day isolation period. If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days. Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.


  1. The health department is no longer calling to investigate every positive case in Franklin and Gulf Counties. This change is designed to improve our ability to respond to and provide public health interventions to high-risk congregate settings and outbreaks (ex. Nursing homes, jails, etc.) Please continue to follow CDC guidance for information on isolation (positive case) and quarantine (close contact to positive case).


  1. Information about local data can be found on the CDC link: