Welcome to G-Line

Welcome to G-Line

Mission: To provide health care professionals and the general public with an authoritative, convenient, locally relevant web site to disseminate information about health care emergencies in the Augusta, Georgia region. The current focus is on the the 2011-2012 flu season.

For an archived version of the G-LINE site detailing the events of the Novel  A H1N1 Pandemic of 2009-2010, please click here.

Sponsors: This site was created and is maintained through a collaboration between the East Central Health District offices of the state Health Department and the Medical College of Georgia, which serves as the Regional Coordinating Hospital for Region G (Augusta and nearby counties). All 14 member hospitals of Region G contributed to the design of G-LINE and provide content on an ongoing basis.

National Visits Influenza-like Illnesses: March 24, 2012

CDC graph of visits nationally for influenza-like illness, updated weekly. This graph was released on March 30, 2012. Click title above for more information.

Weekly Flu Activity Nationwide: March 24, 2012

This map relased by the CDC on March 30 shows influenza acivity throughout the USA. Click on title above for more information.


Augusta Area Update

March 30, 2012. The Augusta area has seen little flu activity this season. There have been no reports of sustained flu activity in any Augustra area location and only one report of a small outbreak of less than 5 proven cases at a child care facilty. The central laboratory of one of the largest hospital in the region has reported only four PCR proven cases of influenza for the entire season that began in December. Warm weather generally heralds the end of the flu season, so it is unlikely that we will see significant expansion of influenza from this point.

Georgia ILI Curve March 30, 2012

Click on title to see current graph of Influenza-like illness (ILI) in Georgia. This graph from the Georgia Division of Public Health,updated March 30 2012, shows visits for influenza-like illness in our state through March 23. Clinic and Emergency Department visits for Influenza-like-illness (ILI) in Georgia peaked about 4.5% in December of 2011, and have been trending down ever since. Influenza activity in Georgia has been in the "minimal" range since the beginning of the new year. Georgia has largely missed the flu season this year, as has most of the US, but the season is not quite over. There have been no flu related deaths reported to the Georgia Division of Public Health this year.

National Impact of Influenza 2011-2012

December 29, 2011 There has been little to no impact from influenza so far in the 2011-2012 flu season. Most of the activity reported thus far in the US has been sporadic at best; many states report no flu activity at all. Two states report local activity, and no state has reported regional or widespread activity. The flu season has not yet arrived for most of the United States. We can expect significant flu activity to begin in January or February. Click on title above for more information.

Georgia Related Deaths

Feb 18, 2011 There have been no deaths due to flu reported in Georgia in the past two weeks, and only 10 deaths since the season began on December 1. Three of the deaths have been in children over age 4, and 7 in adults. No deaths due to flu in children under age four have been reported so far this year. Based on the current population of Georgia, we can expect about 575 deaths per year due to seasonal influenza, including 518 adults over age 65. Click on title above for more information.

cdc situation overview

Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in graphical form in a report called FluView. See the latest update by clicking here.

For an in-depth discussion about the national flu situation this week, click here.