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Coronavirus Updates: Georgia reopens

This page is a rolling stream of some of the updates from your state and local officials, as well as status updates from elsewhere that contain useful or necessary information, but weren’t able to be full-fledged news stories due to time constraints or other factors.

  • VIDEO: Alpharetta Mayor talks about reopening

    Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin addressed the city’s plans for reopening parks and city facilities in a video. You can view it below.

  • Columbia County reopens athletic fields

    Starting today, Wednesday, May 6, Columbia County will reopen county athletic fields and tennis courts for leisure activities. The BMX and Skate Park located at Blanchard Woods Park will also be open for patrons to access and use.

    Columbia County libraries will begin offering curbside pickup on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (https://gchrl.org/curbside/request/)

    According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Columbia County currently has 170 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 29 hospitalizations and five deaths.

    More information on the reopening of county athletic fields is below:

  • Chamblee cancels Summer Day Camp

    Because of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, its effect on logistical planning and the continuation of social distancing recommendations, Chamblee Parks and Recreation Department has made the difficult decision to cancel Camp Chamblee, the city’s summer day camp program.

    “Our commitment to the health and safety of our summer camp participants, of our community, and of our staff is paramount and has guided us in making this decision,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Jodie Gilfillan. “We truly enjoy running Camp Chamblee and know how much the community values this program. However, due to limited indoor space, use of shared equipment and the level of close interactions required to operate camp, we do not feel that we can meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for childcare programs during the COVID-19 health crisis.”

    For information on the City of Chamblee or other Parks and Recreation information, visit www.chambleega.gov .

  • Monroe County will have limited operations until May 13

    Due to continued concerns about the potential spread of the coronavirus, the Monroe County government will continue operating with limited staff and limited hours through Thursday, May 13 when Gov. Brian Kemp’s State of Emergency Order is set to expire.

    In the meantime, citizens will continue to have access to the county recycling center locations and landfill. The recycling centers will continue to be open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The landfill will continue to be open 7:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. through 5 p.m. (cell area closes at 4 p.m.) Monday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. through 4 p.m. (cell area closes at 3 p.m.) Friday and 7 a.m. to noon (cell area closes at 11 a.m.) Saturday.

    However, citizens are asked to continue practicing social distancing and attempt to limit their number of visits to the centers out of respect for the attendants, many of whom are up in age and more vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.

    As for other county departments:

    – The Monroe County Courthouse, including Superior Court and Probate Court, will remain open on a limited access basis. Two persons at a time will have access to the record room. Some court functions will be performed via teleconference, however, all trials slated for May have been canceled.

    – Monroe County Animal Services will remain open at regular hours but closed to the public. However, adoptions can be made by appointment only.

    – The Monroe County Library will remain closed through May 13.

    – The Monroe County Convention Center will remain closed indefinitely.

    – The Monroe County Recreation Center park gate will be open. However, the gym and exercise room will remain closed until further notice. Also, there will be no field or pavilion rentals until further notice.

    – The Monroe County Planning & Zoning Office will be closed through May 13.

    – The Monroe County Maintenance Department will be on call for emergency repairs through May 13.

    – The Monroe County Public Works Department will be on call for emergency repairs through May 13.

    – The Monroe County Vehicle Shop will remain open for emergency repairs and services through May 13.

    – The Monroe County Administrative Office will remain open with a reduced staff

    – The Monroe County Tax Assessors Office will remain open with a reduced staff.

    – The Monroe County Tax Commissioner’s Office will remain open drive-thru only from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    – The Monroe County Building Inspection Department will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday to handle single trade permits.

    – The Monroe County Purchasing Department will be open at regular hours on Tuesday and Thursday.

    Meanwhile, the county’s Information Technology Director, Human Resources Director/County Clerk, Public Information Officer, Zoning Officer and Finance Officer will all be working from home and can be reached by e-mail.

  • Fayetteville Municipal Court dates have been rescheduled

    All Fayetteville Municipal Court dates for May have been rescheduled. All other court dates have been changed to limit the number of people in the courtroom. Notices are being mailed out to the addresses we have on file to notify you of your new court date. If you have not received a notice by June 1, please call the office to verify your court date: 770-719-4275. More information about rescheduled court dates is available on the Fayetteville Municipal Court web page: www.Fayetteville-GA.gov/Court.
    Tabitha Crowley
    Clerk of Court
    Fayetteville Municipal Court
  • COVID-19 Status Update as of noon April 27

    COVID-19 Confirmed Cases: Cases (%)
    Total 23,773 (100%)
    Hospitalized 4,433 (18.65%)
    Deaths 942 (3.96%)
    COVID-19 Confirmed Cases By County: Cases Deaths
    Fulton 2,593 95
    Dekalb 1,821 36
    Gwinnett 1,520 50
    Dougherty 1,474 108
    Cobb 1,452 75
    Hall 1,039 11
    Clayton 643 21
    Henry 455 10
    Cherokee 376 10
    Richmond 369 14
    Sumter 361 23
    Carroll 329 12
    Lee 302 18
    Mitchell 293 26
    Bartow 288 28
    Douglas 281 10
    Muscogee 280 4
    Forsyth 260 8
    Bibb 252 7
    Houston 211 13
    Chatham 206 7
    Upson 200 15
    Early 199 15
    Spalding 192 8
    Coweta 188 4
    Baldwin 181 6
    Habersham 175 3
    Colquitt 169 6
    Newton 167 6
    Fayette 165 8
    Terrell 165 17
    Rockdale 163 6
    Paulding 161 7
    Thomas 159 16
    Randolph 156 19
    Crisp 155 2
    Columbia 145 2
    Worth 142 9
    Lowndes 136 4
    Floyd 133 11
    Troup 132 4
    Clarke 127 13
    Butts 126 3
    Dooly 113 7
    Ware 110 8
    Barrow 109 4
    Coffee 109 4
    Tift 100 4
    Walton 97 3
    Calhoun 85 3
    Gordon 81 12
    Burke 77 3
    Jackson 75 1
    Stephens 71 1
    Macon 70 3
    Wilcox 69 7
    Whitfield 67 4
    Turner 64 8
    Decatur 62 1
    Walker 59 0
    Appling 56 5
    Harris 56 2
    Oconee 56 0
    Pierce 54 2
    Greene 53 1
    Laurens 52 1
    Dawson 51 1
    Glynn 51 1
    Grady 51 3
    Brooks 49 6
    Meriwether 49 0
    Bryan 48 2
    Oglethorpe 48 3
    Gilmer 47 0
    Catoosa 46 0
    Polk 46 0
    Mcduffie 43 4
    White 41 0
    Marion 39 1
    Pike 39 2
    Peach 38 2
    Johnson 36 2
    Liberty 35 0
    Bulloch 34 2
    Effingham 34 1
    Washington 34 1
    Lamar 33 0
    Union 32 2
    Putnam 31 5
    Wilkinson 31 2
    Lumpkin 30 1
    Miller 29 0
    Camden 28 1
    Seminole 28 2
    Toombs 28 3
    Haralson 27 1
    Jones 26 0
    Ben Hill 24 0
    Morgan 24 0
    Murray 24 0
    Telfair 24 0
    Dodge 23 0
    Fannin 23 0
    Wilkes 23 0
    Madison 22 1
    Monroe 22 1
    Bacon 21 1
    Brantley 21 2
    Pickens 21 2
    Talbot 21 1
    Baker 20 2
    Clay 20 2
    Jasper 20 0
    Pulaski 20 1
    Towns 20 0
    Elbert 19 0
    Emanuel 19 0
    Hancock 18 0
    Banks 17 0
    Cook 17 1
    Dade 17 1
    Franklin 17 0
    Stewart 17 0
    Jenkins 16 1
    Schley 16 1
    Taylor 16 2
    Berrien 15 0
    Irwin 15 1
    Crawford 14 0
    Jefferson 14 1
    Screven 14 1
    Chattooga 13 1
    Jeff Davis 13 1
    Warren 12 0
    Wayne 11 0
    Heard 10 1
    Lincoln 10 0
    Bleckley 9 0
    Chattahoochee 9 0
    Hart 9 0
    Rabun 9 0
    Webster 9 2
    Candler 8 0
    Lanier 8 1
    Atkinson 7 0
    Charlton 7 0
    Clinch 7 0
    Tattnall 7 0
    Twiggs 7 0
    Echols 5 0
    Evans 4 0
    Mcintosh 4 0
    Long 3 0
    Quitman 3 1
    Wheeler 3 0
    Montgomery 2 0
    Treutlen 2 0
    Unknown 633 1
    Non-Georgia Resident 1027 10
    *Based on patient county of residence when known

     

    COVID-19 Testing By Lab Type: Positive Tests Total Tests
    Commercial Lab 22,342 117,758
    Gphl 1,431 9,411
  • Here are the new requirements for reopening a business in Georgia

    This chart shows the 20 requirements that Georgia businesses must follow in order to reopen.

  • Current Georgia coronavirus case count: 20,740

    Here is the Georgia Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 status report for 12 p.m. Wednesday, April 22.

    COVID-19 Confirmed Cases: Cases (%)
    Total 20740 (100%)
    Hospitalized 3959 (19.09%)
    Deaths 836 (4.03%)
    COVID-19 Confirmed Cases By County: Cases Deaths
    Fulton 2222 84
    Dekalb 1587 30
    Dougherty 1468 107
    Gwinnett 1263 46
    Cobb 1259 61
    Hall 778 9
    Clayton 548 21
    Henry 388 10
    Sumter 341 20
    Cherokee 331 10
    Carroll 311 11
    Richmond 309 13
    Lee 292 17
    Mitchell 278 23
    Bartow 258 27
    Douglas 253 8
    Muscogee 237 4
    Forsyth 223 8
    Bibb 217 4
    Chatham 193 6
    Houston 188 13
    Upson 186 12
    Early 176 12
    Coweta 168 4
    Terrell 159 18
    Colquitt 157 6
    Randolph 147 17
    Fayette 145 8
    Newton 144 4
    Paulding 144 7
    Thomas 144 14
    Rockdale 143 6
    Baldwin 142 4
    Worth 141 9
    Spalding 139 8
    Crisp 128 2
    Floyd 127 8
    Columbia 123 2
    Habersham 119 2
    Clarke 116 13
    Lowndes 116 3
    Troup 107 4
    Barrow 101 3
    Ware 95 7
    Tift 91 3
    Coffee 84 4
    Butts 83 1
    Calhoun 75 2
    Dooly 73 6
    Gordon 68 8
    Walton 64 3
    Jackson 63 1
    Turner 59 5
    Macon 57 2
    Oconee 53 0
    Burke 51 3
    Pierce 51 2
    Decatur 50 1
    Glynn 49 0
    Greene 49 1
    Dawson 48 1
    Harris 48 2
    Meriwether 47 0
    Whitfield 47 4
    Appling 46 2
    Wilcox 46 6
    Laurens 43 1
    Stephens 41 1
    Bryan 38 2
    Grady 38 2
    Johnson 37 1
    Mcduffie 37 4
    Oglethorpe 37 3
    Polk 36 0
    Walker 36 0
    Brooks 35 6
    Peach 35 2
    Pike 35 2
    Liberty 34 0
    Marion 33 1
    Bulloch 32 2
    White 32 0
    Effingham 30 1
    Catoosa 29 0
    Lamar 28 0
    Washington 28 1
    Camden 27 0
    Putnam 27 2
    Lumpkin 26 0
    Seminole 26 2
    Haralson 25 1
    Miller 23 0
    Morgan 23 0
    Jones 22 0
    Talbot 22 1
    Wilkinson 22 2
    Dodge 21 0
    Toombs 21 3
    Wilkes 21 0
    Bacon 20 1
    Baker 20 2
    Brantley 20 2
    Clay 20 2
    Ben Hill 19 0
    Gilmer 19 0
    Murray 19 0
    Fannin 18 0
    Jasper 18 0
    Madison 18 1
    Pickens 18 2
    Telfair 18 0
    Pulaski 17 1
    Stewart 17 0
    Banks 16 0
    Schley 16 1
    Emanuel 15 0
    Irwin 15 0
    Monroe 15 1
    Towns 15 0
    Union 15 1
    Crawford 14 0
    Jenkins 14 1
    Screven 14 1
    Cook 13 1
    Dade 13 1
    Franklin 13 0
    Taylor 13 2
    Jefferson 11 1
    Berrien 10 0
    Chattooga 10 1
    Elbert 10 0
    Hancock 10 0
    Lincoln 10 0
    Warren 10 0
    Wayne 10 0
    Heard 8 1
    Rabun 8 0
    Candler 7 0
    Charlton 7 0
    Chattahoochee 7 0
    Clinch 7 0
    Jeff Davis 7 1
    Lanier 7 1
    Webster 7 0
    Hart 6 0
    Atkinson 5 0
    Bleckley 5 0
    Echols 5 0
    Tattnall 5 0
    Evans 4 0
    Mcintosh 4 0
    Twiggs 4 0
    Quitman 3 1
    Wheeler 3 0
    Long 2 0
    Montgomery 2 0
    Treutlen 2 0
    Unknown 667 0
    Non-Georgia Resident 1002 8
    *Based on patient county of residence when known

     

    COVID-19 Testing By Lab Type: Positive Tests Total Tests
    Commercial Lab 19628 88058
    Gphl 1112 6014
  • Georgia Legislative Black Caucus calls Kemp’s decision ‘incomprehensible’

    The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC), chaired by State Representative Karen Bennett (D-Stone Mountain), today issued the following statement in response to the executive order issued by Governor Brian Kemp to reopen certain businesses in Georgia:

    “Today, the governor of Georgia issued an executive order to reopen certain businesses and mostly all medical facilities. The idea of allowing barbershops, bars, bowling alleys, massage parlors and clubs to reopen in the midst of a pandemic without ensuring necessary testing and protection is incomprehensible. We cannot prioritize the economy of a few, over the safety of all people, because without people we have no economy. Our focus needs to be supporting hospitals, increasing testing, securing more personal protective equipment, bolstering our supply chains and expanding our capacity to provide Georgians medical, economic and emotional assistance.

    “We all want to return to business as usual and return businesses to work; however, our collective future has been permanently changed by COVID-19. This virus has disproportionately impacted the lives of black and brown people. We cannot and will not stand silently by and watch the premature opening of businesses that are mostly in the African American communities.  The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus cannot support this rash act of opening businesses prematurely without the state providing universal testing, contact tracing and PPE (personal protective equipment) for all.

    “We cannot sacrifice the lives of people tomorrow to satisfy the wants of a few today.  We call on the governor to rescind this order until science and evidence proves that COVID-19 is no longer a threat to our communities.”

  • Georgia House democrats urge Kemp to rescind order relaxing COVID-19 restrictions

    Georgia house democrats wrote the following letter to Gov. Brian Kemp urging him to rescind yesterday’s executive order that relaxes coronavirus restrictions throughout the state.

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