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End of COVID Public Health Emergency: What This Means for You

Today marks the official end of the COVID-19 public health emergency, signaling a significant milestone in the fight against the pandemic.

While there are still some COVID cases in Georgia, the numbers have dramatically decreased compared to previous months.

According to the Department of Public Health, only 105 new cases were reported in the past week.

This is a stark contrast to the staggering 20,000 cases recorded weekly in January.

These statistics reflect the progress made in containing the virus and mitigating its impact on public health.

Jerry Carnes from the Verify team is here to shed light on the implications of these changes for individuals starting today.

Good morning, Cheryl.

Jerry explains that there will be modifications in accessing COVID-19 testing information.

Laboratories will no longer be obligated to report test results to the Department of Health and Human Services, which could affect your ability to obtain a test.

For those who have previously ordered free COVID-19 tests from the federal government, there is an important update.

The government will cease mailing out these free tests at the end of the month.

However, the nation’s supply of tests remains stable, and the Department of Health and Human Services assures that free tests will continue to be available as long as supplies last.

At certain community locations, obtaining a free test from a pharmacy may depend on your insurance coverage.

While some insurance companies will still cover the cost, it is no longer mandatory for them to do so.

As for COVID vaccines, the good news is that they will continue to be accessible at no charge.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that vaccines will remain available as long as supplies last.

Certain treatments, including Pax Slovic, will also be provided free of charge.

When it comes to vaccine mandates, the federal government will no longer require its employees and contractors to be vaccinated.

Private employers now have the freedom to decide whether they want to implement their own vaccine mandates.

The CDC emphasizes that hospitals will still be obligated to report COVID cases to the federal government until April 2024.

However, the reporting frequency will change from daily to weekly, reflecting a shift in the management of the situation.

Today marks the end of an extraordinary era, characterized by relentless efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

While challenges remain, the progress achieved is undeniable.

Thank you, Jerry, for sharing this valuable information.

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