COVID-19: How You Can Help
COVID-19: How You Can Help
Information on ways you can help your fellow Georgians during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Volunteer for COVID-19 Response
Opportunities for medical professionals and other individuals to help with the COVID-19 response. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is receiving offers from medical professionals and other individuals looking for ways to help with the COVID-19 response. An effective response relies on volunteers who are pre-credentialed and organized. Georgia Responds is Georgia’s health and medical volunteer program which matches the skills and credentials of medical and nonmedical volunteers to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia. To volunteer, log on to Georgia Responds and click on the “Register Now” box. Registering only takes a few minutes. Once your skills and credentials are reviewed, you will be notified by a DPH representative.
Governor Kemp encourages Georgians to give blood. Governor Kemp joins the American Red Cross in encouraging Georgians to donate blood as federal, state, and local officials work to address the effects of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. As an emergency preparedness organization, the Red Cross is taking additional steps to ensure the safety of staff and donors at each Red Cross blood drive. The Red Cross only collects blood from individuals who are healthy and feeling well at the time of donation and who meet other eligibility requirements, available at RedCrossBlood.org. The Red Cross is also pre-screening all individuals by checking their temperature before they enter any Red Cross blood drive or donation center, including staff and volunteers.
COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program
Fully recovered COVID-19 patients may be able to help those currently sick. The Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from COVID-19 and may be able to donate plasma to help current patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by a healthcare provider to be at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease. People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients seriously ill with COVID-19. To find out more about how you can help, visit the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program page on the American Red Cross website.
Critical Health Care Supply Needs
Governor Kemp asks Georgia Manufacturers and Distributors to help with critical health care supply needs. Critical items include: N-95 masks or equivalent, air purifying machines, face shields, hair covers, hand sanitizer, hospital beds, gloves (various sizes – nitrile or latex-free), negative pressure machines, no-touch thermometers (regular if no-touch are not available), safety goggles, sanitation units, sanitizing spray, sanitizing wipes, shoe covers, surgical masks, Tyvek suits, and ventilators. If your business can provide, produce, distribute, store — or quickly repurpose to create — any of the following items, please visit Georgia.org’s COVID-19 Response Page now.
Georgia Grown To-Go
Support local farmers and your community with Georgia Grown To-Go, a curbside farmer’s market. Drive up and buy boxes of fresh, seasonal produce directly from the farmers themselves. Georgia Grown To-Go is part of Georgia Grown, a division of the Georgia Department of Agriculture that helps grow local agribusinesses by allowing you to shop hundreds of Georgia businesses from the comfort of your home.
City of Atlanta Establishes #ATLStrong
Atlantans can sign up to receive COVID-19 updates and donate to help residents in need. #ATLStrong provides resources, guidance and information about COVID-19 and its impact on Atlanta. As the City of Atlanta continues to receive updates about COVID-19, it wants to provide its community with accurate and timely information. Atlantans can sign up for text messages on the #ATLStrong website and get the latest news. They can also donate to the #ATLStrong Fund to provide immediate relieve to support City of Atlanta residents most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak.