The state DPH worked in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to confirm the case.
A second dog in the home was also tested, but those results are pending. That dog was not showing any symptoms, health officials said.
The first U.S. case of an animal testing positive for COVID-19 was a tiger at a NY zoo, according to the CDC. A small number of pet cats have tested positive for the virus, which was also discovered in mink on multiple farms in the Netherlands, the CDC said.
On June 2, the USDA said a German shepherd in New York state was the first in the U.S. to test positive for the coronavirus.
Despite the animals that have tested positive, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19, according to the CDC.
IF YOU HAVE COVID AND HAVE PETS
People who test positive for COVID-19 should take precautions if they have pets in the household, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
- Avoid contact with your pet including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, sharing food, and sleeping in the same bed.
- If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.