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01.21.2022 COVID-19 Update

By DT Simmons, PIO

January 21, 2022

Franklin and Gulf COVID – 19 Update – 01/21/2022
For Franklin County updates straight to your phone: text FranklinCV19 to 888777.
For Gulf County updates straight to your phone text GULFCOVID to 888777.


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 attached on page 3.


TESTING: Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. To order your tests, visit so you have them when you need them.

If you need a COVID-⁠19 test now, 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 on page 4.


MEDICAL TREATMENT: Talk to your medical provider about treatment options available. Depending on your medical history, risks, and symptoms, your health care provider can help you determine whether a therapy that is FDA-approved, or available under an EUA, is right for you. 

For more information about accessing state treatment resources, visit

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 mask around 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.

Hospitals across the state are reporting increased ER visits by patients seeking COVID-19 tests. While facing the strain of workforce challenges, ERs are being put under increased pressure to provide care. Help your local hospital by the COVID-19 Zone Tool to determine the most appropriate course of action based on your symptoms. Find the tool displayed attached on page 5.


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). 


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


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