COMMUNITY INFORMATION CONCERNING COVID-19

COVID-19 CASES UP TO 1,643 IN GEORGIA; GORDON COUNTY AT NINE CONFIRMED CASES ON THURSDAY AT 7 P.M.

March 26, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

In the latest update from the Georgia Department of Public Health for Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m., Georgia has 1,643 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 118 confirmed cases over Thursday's noon total of 1,525.

The state's COVID-19 related death total is now 56, up eight deaths from earlier today.

According to DPH, 509 patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state.

Gordon County has nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has one confirmed death. Cases are assigned to each county by residence, not where the patient was tested.

Neighboring Bartow County has 93 confirmed cases today, the fifth highest in the state of Georgia; Floyd County has 17 confirmed cases and Whitfield County is up to 6 confirmed cases.

For a county by county breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

GORDON COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE 24/7 ACCESS TO COVID-19 INFORMATION THROUGH ADVENTHEALTH

March 26, 2020 - 5:45 p.m.

Residents of Gordon County can now use a free hotline provided by AdventHealth to ask questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) and speak with a nurse as appropriate.

The AdventHealth Coronavirus Information Line, 877-VIRUSHQ, (877-847-8747) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It serves as a one-stop-shop to connect people with resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their state’s Department of Health.

While the phone line is not intended to replace a physician-patient relationship, nurses can answer general medical questions and will refer the caller to the appropriate next steps, such as connecting them to a nurse, AdventHealth eCare or other health care provider.

AdventHealth is hopeful this service will also offload non-clinical call volumes from health care offices, helping providers in the community by freeing up their staff to focus on those who need the most immediate, critical care.

The initial launch of the AdventHealth Coronavirus Information Line was piloted in Florida and has now expanded to serve consumers across the health system’s nationwide footprint.

“It is important that our community is educated and prepared to help mitigate the spread of this virus,” said Karen Steely, interim president and chief operating officer of AdventHealth Gordon. “We want to provide an easily accessible resource to our community by answering common questions and easing any fear or confusion people may be experiencing.”

AdventHealth has also launched an informational resource site, https://www.adventhealth.com/coronavirus-resource-hub, where consumers can get answers to top coronavirus (COVID-19) questions, such as:
• Am I at risk?
• What should I know if I am pregnant?
• How can I protect myself from this and other viruses, like the flu?

GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS HAS RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT CONCERNING SCHOOL CLOSURES UNTIL APRIL 24

March 26, 2020 - 1:10 p.m.

Following Governor Kemp’s announcement today that schools across Georgia will remain closed through April 24, 2020, Gordon County Schools has made the following decisions to ensure we are acting in the best interest of our students and families:

-Schools will remain closed through April 24. Students would return to school on April 27.


-Both Gordon Central High School and Sonoraville High School will postpone proms. A new date will be announced at a later time.

-Gordon County Schools will continue to offer our meal program to include 5 lunches and 5 breakfasts each week. However, after Spring Break there will be some modifications that will allow us to limit person-to-person contact. More details will be announced next week.


-At-home and online work will be extended through the duration of the closure. As a reminder, the preference is that all students receive this work online; however, schools will continue to provide work for students who do not have reliable Internet at home.

Gordon County Schools continues to be grateful to our community for the support of our schools throughout this constantly evolving situation. We applaud our families for the job they are doing in assisting our students with at-home learning and our teachers for doing a tremendous job of continuing to provide learning opportunities for their students. Our maintenance staff is working hard to ensure buildings are safe and ready for our students to return, and our nutrition and transportation staffs are working with our numerous employee volunteers each day to ensure our students are fed. We are also thankful for our technology for keeping our online learning platforms up and running and providing technical support, while our administrators and support staff have been working tirelessly to ensure everyone’s needs are met.

We miss our students, and we cannot wait to welcome them all back to school when this crisis has passed. Until then, thank you all for your patience and support. We will get through this together!

COVID-19 CASES UP TO 1,525 IN GEORGIA; GORDON COUNTY AT NINE CONFIRMED CASES ON THURSDAY AT 12 P.M.

March 26, 2020 - 12:20 p.m.

In the latest update from the Georgia Department of Public Health for Thursday, March 26 at 12 p.m., Georgia has 1,525 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 138 confirmed cases over Tuesday night's total of 1,387.

The state's COVID-19 related death total is now 48, up one death from last night.

According to DPH, 473 patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state.

Gordon County now has nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has had one confirmed death. Cases are assigned to each county by residence, not where the patient was tested.

Neighboring Bartow County has 86 confirmed cases today, the fifth highest in the state of Georgia; Floyd County has 16 confirmed cases and Whitfield County is up to 5 confirmed cases.

For a county by county breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

SCHOOL CLOSURES EXTENDED TO APRIL 24; CALHOUN CITY SCHOOLS RELEASE INFORMATION ON REMAINDER OF SCHOOL YEAR, SENIOR EVENTS

March 26, 2020 - 12:05 p.m.

Calhoun City Schools has released the following statement after Georgia Governor Brian Kemp's announcement to extend school closures until April 24:

Governor Kemp made an official announcement today regarding an extension of school closures for all districts across the state. Calhoun City Schools will remain closed through Friday, April 24, 2020. Teachers will continue to make contact with students with revised schedules and expectations. No assignments will be given the week of spring break. We anticipate that the Governor will reassess the situation before the end of April to determine if additional time is needed beyond this date. Additionally, all field trips scheduled for the remainder of the school year have been cancelled. Details on refunds will be made available to families as soon as they are determined. School-sponsored events will be postponed or cancelled for the duration of the closures.

Information Regarding Student Meal Services:
Meal pick-up and delivery services have been revised to limit exposure and contact with groups of more than 10 people. We will continue to follow the CDC's guidance to protect our students, staff and families. Meals will be delivered and available at feeding sites on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, students will receive hot meals along with bagged lunches for the following days. On Thursdays, students will receive 2 breakfast meals and 2 lunch meals to ensure they have meals for Friday. Our goal is to limit exposure, but also make sure we are meeting the nutritional needs of our students. Thank you for your assistance during this health crisis. Please click on the following link to view approximate bus arrival times for the school closure meal delivery times https://docs.google.com/…/1CDZCDB4wL0X1FIH72Y2kQw_Fsg…/edit…. If you would prefer to pick up a lunch or breakfast, you may do so by visiting Calhoun Elementary School between the hours of 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Someone will be stationed behind the school where carpool pickup/drop off is located. Additional Meal Pick-Up Locations include Belmont Baptist Church (275 West Belmont Drive) and The Voluntary Action Center (343 S. Wall Street) at the same times of 11:00-1:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Note that these locations are in addition to the pick-up location at Calhoun Elementary School and bus routes. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Information Regarding Senior Activities and Graduation:
Due to the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and government officials to limit public gatherings over the course of the next 8 weeks, Calhoun City Schools has cancelled all field trips and postponed many spring events for the remainder of the school year. Many have asked how this will impact the graduating class of 2020. Currently, the senior prom slated to be held in Chattanooga on April 25, 2020, will not be held on this date. School officials are currently working on a contingency plan should we be able to hold a prom at a later date and time. The Senior Grad Bash trip to Orlando slated for April 17-20 and the Six Flags trip on May 1 for seniors will not take place on those dates and we are currently working with the tour groups to determine next steps regarding refunds and rescheduling. Graduation is and always has been an important symbolic ceremony to recognize the academic success of our students. The Calhoun City Schools' Board of Education is committed to recognizing the Class of 2020. We remain hopeful that Graduation can be held as originally scheduled. If necessary, we will postpone the ceremony until it is safe for our students, staff and community to participate. We are heartbroken for our seniors and all students impacted by this pandemic and will continue to explore all options available to us as we move forward. While we are disappointed, we want to be responsible and safe. Thank you for your understanding and support.

COVID-19 CASES UP TO 1,387 IN GEORGIA; GORDON COUNTY NOW HAS NINE CONFIRMED CASES ON WEDNESDAY AT 7 P.M.

March 25, 2020 - 7:05 p.m.

In the latest update from the Georgia Department of Public Health for Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m., Georgia has 1,387 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 140 confirmed cases over the Wednesday 12 noon total of 1,247.

The state's COVID-19 related death total is now 47, up seven deaths from earlier today.

According to DPH, 438 patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state.

Gordon County is up to nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has had one confirmed death. Cases are assigned to each county by residence, not where the patient was tested.

Neighboring Bartow County has 82 confirmed cases today, the fifth highest in the state of Georgia; Floyd County has 14 confirmed cases and Whitfield County has 4 confirmed cases.

For a county by county breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

Food City Starbucks Cafes to offer free drinks to first responders

March 25, 2020 - 5:15 p.m.

Food City Starbucks Cafes are proud to join the Starbucks sponsored First Responders appreciation initiative. We invite all First Responders to stop by any Food City Starbucks Café to enjoy a FREE Tall (12 oz.) Brewed Coffee, Iced Coffee, or Iced Coffee with Milk in appreciation for their valued service to our community.

ENGINEERED FLOORS RESPONSE TO COVID - 19 AS THREE EMPLOYEES TEST POSITIVE

March 25, 2020 - 3:30 p.m.

Over the past weeks, Engineered Floors has implemented preventative and mitigation measures across the entire company and will continue to follow the recommendations from federal and state agencies to protect the health and safety of all employees. Our company continues to follow CDC guidelines related to COVID-19, including guidelines related to educating employees related to COVID-19.


Engineered Floors has also established a 24/7 employee hotline to provide assistance and information to employees.

Engineered Floors is aware that three employees have tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19. These employees worked at Engineered Floor’s Calhoun and SAM facilities. Our best wishes go out to these employees for a full and rapid recovery. In response, Engineered Floors is following the guidance from the CDC as well as other federal and state agencies, including closure of the operations, sanitization and cleaning of affected areas, and notifications to employees. We will continue take all necessary steps to reduce the risk of infection among all of our employees. These steps have included encouraging ill employees to stay home, increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitation of facilities, canceling large meetings and staff travel, increasing the use of teleworking among staff, and encouraging distancing and other preventive measures.

The health and safety of our employees is a top priority for the Company. Company leadership is closely monitoring the situation in all operations in order to assess and respond quickly as events connected to COVID-19 affect Engineered Floors and our employees.

The state's COVID-19 related death total is now 40, up two deaths from last night.

According to DPH, 394 patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state.

Gordon County now has eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has had one confirmed death. Cases are assigned to each county by residence, not where the patient was tested.

Neighboring Bartow County has 78 confirmed cases today, the fifth highest in the state of Georgia; Floyd County has 14 confirmed cases and Whitfield County is up to 4 confirmed cases.

For a county by county breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

COVID-19 CASES UP TO 1,247 IN GEORGIA; GORDON COUNTY NOW HAS EIGHT CONFIRMED CASES ON WEDNESDAY AT 12 P.M.

March 25, 2020 - 12:20 p.m.

In the latest update from the Georgia Department of Public Health for Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m., Georgia has 1,247 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 150 confirmed cases over Tuesday night's total of 1,097.

The state's COVID-19 related death total is now 40, up two deaths from last night.

According to DPH, 394 patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state.

Gordon County now has eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has had one confirmed death. Cases are assigned to each county by residence, not where the patient was tested.

Neighboring Bartow County has 78 confirmed cases today, the fifth highest in the state of Georgia; Floyd County has 14 confirmed cases and Whitfield County is up to 4 confirmed cases.

For a county by county breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

UPDATE FROM THE CITY OF CALHOUN CONCERNING GORDON COUNTY’S FIRST COVID-19 RELATED DEATH

March 25, 2020 - 10:20 a.m.

We were all saddened to see the latest report from the Georgia Department of Public Health that shows the first death of a Gordon County resident due to COVID-19. This is all the information that has been shared with Gordon County as due to HIPPA laws we do not know names of any patients or fatalities.

Gordon County cases have increased to 8 and surrounding county cases continue to increase as well. We believe this is a somber reminder that ALL non-essential activity be curtailed to the maximum degree possible to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 community spread.

Please adhere to the CDC recommendations of staying at home as much as possible and always keep a minimum of six feet between you and others. Please stay vigilant and do your part to help slow the spread.

RAFFENSPERGER TAKES UNPRECEDENTED STEPS TO PROTECT SAFETY AND VOTER INTEGRITY IN GEORGIA

March 24, 2020 - 2:30 p.m.

(ATLANTA) -- Secretary of State Raffensperger is taking unprecedented steps to protect the public health of Georgia voters while also upholding the integrity of the vote. These temporary steps are being made because of the COVID-19 pandemic threatening public health in Georgia and around the world.

Secretary Raffensperger will be mailing absentee ballot request forms to every Georgia voter. This extraordinary effort to ensure all Georgians can vote without fear for their health will supplement extra measures to ensure those who rely on in-person voting to access the ballot can do so safely.

“Times of turbulence and upheaval like the one we Georgians face require decisive action if the liberties we hold so dear are to be preserved,” said Raffensperger. “I am acting today because the people of Georgia, from the earliest settlers to heroes like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Congressman John Lewis, have fought too long and too hard for their right to vote to have it curtailed. Georgia has faced challenges before and overcome them, and we can do so again through the grit and ingenuity that has made America a shining example for democracies around the world.”

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is moving to increase Georgia voter access and protect the public health of voters and poll workers during the COVID-19 emergency through increased mail in voting. In the 2016 and 2018 November elections, around 95 percent of Georgia voters opted to cast their ballot in person versus the 5 percent who did so by mail. With social distancing as the most important tool for limiting the spread of coronavirus, providing alternatives to voting in person is crucial. All Georgia voters can request and vote an absentee ballot for any reason.

Raffensperger will send absentee ballot request forms to the Georgia’s 6.9 million voters in an effort to allow as many Georgia voters as possible to exercise their right to vote without leaving their homes. In doing so, Raffensperger will literally be dropping a way to vote in safety and security on each Georgia voter’s doorstep. They will simply have to fill out and return the application to vote by mail in the upcoming elections with no in-person risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Georgia’s most vulnerable, those over age 65 and those with a disability, can request absentee ballots for the primary and general election as well as all elections through the 2020 election cycle with this one application. Other voters will need to submit another application for future elections. The elderly and disabled will to be able to vote in safety and security.

While Secretary Raffensperger is encouraging as many voters as possible to vote by mail, some rely on in-person voting to exercise their right to vote privately and securely. People without internet or mail access, such as those experiencing homelessness; Georgians who need language assistance; and people with disabilities who rely on voting machines to cast their ballot will still be able to do so in person on the state’s new voting system. Additionally, research from the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law shows that eliminating “in-person voting could disproportionately disenfranchise Black, Latino, and young voters”. Their right to vote too needs protection.

To that end, Raffensperger is taking extra steps to limit the threat of COVID-19 at the polling place. Poll workers will receive additional resources to clean the equipment regularly. In-person voters who show up to vote in person will be instructed to maintain a safe distance when waiting to vote.

These measures will protect poll workers as well. Understanding the extra risk Georgia’s generally elderly poll workers face, Raffensperger is working to help counties hire more and younger poll workers. Extra staff will allow those who feel sick to be absent from the polls without significantly impacting continuity while a younger pool of workers will increase resiliency in the face of the COVID-19 threat.

Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller commended Raffensperger for taking initiative to safeguard health and preserve voter access.

“I want to applaud Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his office for taking decisive measures in this time of crisis," Miller said. "These steps are critical in this temporary environment to protect our poll workers and give our counties time to successfully plan for the Georgia General Primary in May. Make no mistake about it, the members of the majority caucus and I remain committed to keep the General Primary on May 19th.”

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is taking these unprecedented actions for the safety and security of Georgia’s voters. Through these decisive steps, Raffensperger is protecting public health and the right to vote in Georgia.

CITY OF CALHOUN, GORDON COUNTY APPROVE JOINT RESOLUTION DECLARING STATE OF EMERGENCY IN CALHOUN/GORDON COUNTY

March 23, 2020 - 7:24 p.m.

The Calhoun City Council and the Gordon County Board of Commissioners have approved a joint resolution declaring a state of emergency, establishing the following:


-All bars, breweries, private clubs, tasting rooms and restaurants be closed to ALL in-person, on-site alcohol consumption/dining/entertainment. There are provisions in place to continue take out, curbside and drive-thru service.
-All park equipment at the recreation departments, including play grounds and dog park, are closed to the public. Walking trails are still open.


-Maximum occupancies of 10 people for bowling alleys, gyms, beauty salons, barbers or other personal grooming establishments.


-All employers and businesses which remain open for use by public to take the necessary steps to restrict in person contact and maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals while in the establishment.

The resolution is effective immediately, and expires on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Click HERE to read the resolution in its entirety.

COVID-19 CASES UP TO 772 IN GEORGIA; GORDON COUNTY NOW HAS FIVE CONFIRMED CASES ON MONDAY AT NOON

March 23, 2020 - 12:40 p.m.

In the latest update from the Georgia Department of Public Health for Monday, March 23 at 12 p.m., Georgia has 772 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 152 confirmed cases over Sunday night's total of 620.

The state's COVID-19 related death total remains at 25.

Gordon County now has five confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Neighboring Bartow County has 61 confirmed cases today, the fifth highest in the state of Georgia; Floyd County has 10 confirmed cases and Whitfield County reports two confirmed cases.

For a county by county breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

GORDON COUNTY DFCS TEMPORARILY CLOSES OFFICE LOBBY TO THE PUBLIC

March 23, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.

The Gordon County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has temporarily closed its office lobby due to the public to COVID-19 concerns. The public can still apply for and check benefits online at gateway.ga.gov; find applications at https://dfcs.georgia.gov/services and get additional information by phone (if no internet service is available) by calling the DFCS Customer Contact Center at 877-423-4746. Completed applications and supporting documentation can be deposited in the SECURE LOCKBOX or mailed to the following address:
619 Mauldin Rd. NW, Calhoun, GA 30701. For any questions about an existing child welfare case, contact your case manager or their supervisor for support. To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call DFCS Child Protective Services (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at 1.855.GACHILD (1.855.422.4453)

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COVID-19 CASES UP TO 620 IN GEORGIA; GORDON COUNTY SITS AT FOUR CONFIRMED CASES SUNDAY NIGHT

March 22, 2020 - 8:10 p.m.

In the latest update from the Georgia Department of Public Health for Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m., Georgia has 620 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 20 confirmed cases over Sunday morning's total of 600.

The state's COVID-19 related death total is 25, up 2 from from this morning.

Gordon County has four confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Neighboring Bartow County has 56 confirmed cases this evening, the third highest per county in the state; Floyd County has 9 confirmed cases and Whitfield County reports two confirmed cases.

For a county by county breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

COVID-19 CASES UP TO 600 IN GEORGIA; GORDON COUNTY STILL SITS AT FOUR CONFIRMED CASES ON SUNDAY

March 22, 2020 - 12:10 p.m.

In the latest update from the Georgia Department of Public Health for Sunday, March 22 at 12 p.m., Georgia has 600 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 45 confirmed cases over Saturday night's total of 555.

The state's COVID-19 related death total is 23, up 3 from Saturday night.

Gordon County has four confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Neighboring Bartow County was up to 57 confirmed cases today, the third highest per county in the state; Floyd County has 9 confirmed cases and Whitfield County reports two confirmed cases.

For a county by county breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

UPDATE FROM GORDON COUNTY

March 22, 2020 - 3 p.m.

We want to take this time to give our citizens a way to dispel some of the rumors that have been going around about COVID-19. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has now created a page that can be visited at https://www.fema.gov/Coronavirus-Rumor-Control

Remember to continue to wash hands often, cover your cough and practice social distancing. As always we ask everyone to continue to pray for our community, our state and our nation. We will continue to update as information changes and becomes available.

COVID-19 CASES UP TO 600 IN GEORGIA; GORDON COUNTY STILL SITS AT FOUR CONFIRMED CASES ON SUNDAY

March 22, 2020 - 12:10 p.m.

In the latest update from the Georgia Department of Public Health for Sunday, March 22 at 12 p.m., Georgia has 600 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 45 confirmed cases over Saturday night's total of 555.

The state's COVID-19 related death total is 23, up 3 from Saturday night.

Gordon County has four confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Neighboring Bartow County was up to 57 confirmed cases today, the third highest per county in the state; Floyd County has 9 confirmed cases and Whitfield County reports two confirmed cases.

For a county by county breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 7 P.M. UPDATE - COVID-19 CASES JUMP TO 555 IN THE STATE SINCE NOON UPDATE; GORDON COUNTY BACK UP TO FOUR CONFIRMED

March 21, 2020 - 7:10 p.m.

In the latest update from the Georgia Department of Public Health for Saturday, March 21, Georgia has 555 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 48 confirmed cases since 12 noon today.

The state's death total related to the virus has increased to 20, up six deaths since the earlier update.

Gordon County now has four confirmed cases.

Neighboring Bartow County was up to 56 confirmed cases today, the second highest per county in the state; Floyd County has 8 confirmed cases and Whitfield County still sits at one case.

For a county by county breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 7 P.M. UPDATE - COVID-19 CASES JUMP TO 555 IN THE STATE SINCE NOON UPDATE; GORDON COUNTY BACK UP TO FOUR CONFIRMED

March 21, 2020 - 7:10 p.m.

In the latest update from the Georgia Department of Public Health for Saturday, March 21, Georgia has 555 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 48 confirmed cases since 12 noon today.

The state's death total related to the virus has increased to 20, up six deaths since the earlier update.

Gordon County now has four confirmed cases.

Neighboring Bartow County was up to 56 confirmed cases today, the second highest per county in the state; Floyd County has 8 confirmed cases and Whitfield County still sits at one case.

For a county by county breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

GORDON COUNTY UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19

March 21, 2020 - 1:05 p.m.

The numbers released by the Department of Public Health as of today at noon confirm 507 positive cases now in Georgia which is up from 485 last night at 7 p.m. Deaths in the state of Georgia went from thirteen cases yesterday up to fourteen today at noon.

As for Gordon County we remain at three confirmed positive cases as of today's report. Just as a reminder, cases are assigned to each county by address of resident, not where they were tested.

We also want to take the time to remind everyone of a few items of importance related to COVID-19. This is a very serious virus causing a serious situation. The Corona virus is three times more contagious than the flu. Our neighboring county of Bartow’s numbers have jumped to 56 total confirmed cases. We need to continue to take positive steps to protect Gordon County’s families and our community. We can continue to do that by following established guidelines including washing hands, social distancing and avoiding unnecessary travel.

Also, we would like to remind everyone when calling 9-1-1 to utilize it for emergencies only and be honest and complete when answering the screening questions put in place for your protection and the protection of our responders. These questions are utilized to determine protective equipment that needs to be worn by responders as we are working to preserve the supply that we currently have. No matter your answers to the questions assistance will be dispatched to your emergency. Help our responders protect themselves while they work hard to take care of you.

Finally, but of utmost importance, continue to pray our community, our state and our nation. We will continue to update as information changes and becomes available.

COVID-19 CASES JUMP TO 507 IN GEORGIA; GORDON COUNTY STILL SITS AT THREE CONFIRMED CASES ON SATURDAY

March 21, 2020 - 12:15 p.m.

 In the latest update from the Georgia Department of Public Health for Saturday, March 21, Georgia has 507 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 22 confirmed cases over Friday night's total of 485.

The state is still reporting 14 deaths related to the virus.

Gordon County was announced as having three confirmed cases of COVID-19, down one from Thursday, according to the DPH website.

Neighboring Bartow County was up to 56 confirmed cases today, the second highest per county in the state; Floyd County has 8 confirmed cases and Whitfield County still sits at one case.

For a county by county breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020 7 P.M. UPDATE - COVID-19 CASES JUMP TO 485 IN GEORGIA; GORDON COUNTY REMAINS AT THREE CONFIRMED CASES

March 20, 2020 - 7:15 p.m.

In the 7 p.m. update from the Georgia Department of Public Health for Friday, March 20, Georgia has 485 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 65 cases from noon today.

The state is now reporting 14 deaths related to the virus, up one from the 12 p.m. update.

Gordon County was announced as having three confirmed cases of COVID-19, down one from Thursday, according to the DPH website. We are waiting on information from the State to confirm Gordon County's case total. Gordon County's first confirmed case was reported a week ago.

Neighboring Bartow County has the second highest confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state at 54 Confirmed cases. Floyd County has 7 confirmed cases, and Whitfield County has one confirmed case.

For a county by county breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

City of Calhoun City Hall-Community Development Updating Regarding COVID-19

March 20, 2020 - 12:35 p.m.

The City of Calhoun continues to monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation relying on information being passed down from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). Based on this information and out of an abundance of caution, Calhoun City Hall, 226 South Wall Street, and Community Development, 700 West Line Street, will implement restricted public access until further notice. City Hall and Community Development staff will still report to work and will be available to answer phones, email, and will continue to conduct day to day operations.

 

City Hall Contact information and service options:

  • Please call the main City Hall line at 706-629-0151 for assistance or visit www.cityofcalhoun-ga.com.  Appointments may be available upon request, if necessary.

  • For Business License assistance contact Judy Craig at 706-602-5631 or jcraig@calnet-ga.net. Online payments can be made at: calhounpayments.com   or mailed to City of Calhoun, P.O. Box 248, Calhoun, GA 30703.

  • For Property Tax assistance contact Misty Caudle at 706-602-5620 or mcaudle@calnet-ga.net.  Online payments can be made at: http://www.cityofcalhountax.com  or mailed to City of Calhoun, P.O. Box 248, Calhoun, GA 30703.

  • Community Development: for building permits, zoning, building codes, annexation, etc. please contact Don McGinnis at 770-548-2318 dmcginnis@calnet-ga.net , Joey Moore at 770-548-2114 jmoore@calnet-ga.net or Neal Russel, Code Enforcement, at 706-263-2299 nrussell@calnet-ga.net.

  • A drop box at the City Hall drive through is also available for any City of Calhoun or Calhoun Utility payments.

 

Again, we urge all residents to remain calm and follow the advice and recommendations of public health professionals which includes:

 

•Washing your hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds

•Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands

•Staying home when you are sick

•Avoiding close contact with people who are sick

•Cleaning/Disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces

•Calling your healthcare provider if you experience any flu-like symptoms

 

We apologize for any inconvenience, but, we feel this action is necessary to comply with the actions and directives of the President, Governor, and the CDC to maintain social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Carr Warns Consumers About Coronavirus Scams, Fake Cures, Door-to-Door and Drive-By Testing and Misinformation

March 20, 2020 - 11:45 a.m.

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr is warning consumers about ads, promotions and websites that claim their products can treat, prevent or cure the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Additionally, Carr is helping reinforce The White House National Security Council’s message about misinformation concerning a

national lockdown or quarantine and helping reinforce local law enforcement warnings to consumers about door-to-door and drive-by testing solicitations.

“Scammers may try to take advantage of consumers during a time when fears and health concerns are at an all-time high,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “At best, these fake cures are simply a waste of money, while at worst, they can have dire consequences.”

The following companies have received warning letters from the FTC and FDA for selling unapproved or misbranded products that the companies claimed could treat or prevent the Coronavirus: 

  • Vital Silver

  • Aromatherapy Ltd.

  • N-ergetics

  • GuruNanda, LLC

  • Vivify Holistic Clinic

  • Herbal Amy LLC

  • The Jim Bakker Show
     

The FDA has also warned consumers against drinking a product called “Miracle Mineral Solution” or “MMS,” which has been touted as a way to prevent coronavirus and cure a myriad of other illnesses, including cancer and HIV/AIDS. The FDA warns that this product is essentially a “dangerous bleach” that could cause severe vomiting and acute liver failure. Consumers should also be wary of claims that products containing colloidal silver can prevent or cure the Coronavirus. Not only is there no medical evidence supporting these claims, the FDA and National Institutes of Health warn that colloidal silver is not safe to use and can even cause argyria, a bluish-gray skin discoloration that’s typically permanent. If you’re tempted to buy an unproven product or one with uncertain claims, check with your doctor or other health care professional first.

Additionally, the federal government is trying to reinforce trusted information sources like The White House, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization as the primary communicators for national public updates. There are many misinformation campaigns circulating that are designed to deceive and disrupt, and we don’t want Georgians to fall victim. The White House National Security Council last night issued this statement on misinformation campaigns circulating via text message and other forms of digital media:

  • @WHNSC: As we saw over the wkend, disinfo is being spread online about a supposed national lockdown and grounding flights. Be skeptical of rumors. Make sure you’re getting info from legitimate sources. The @WhiteHouse is holding daily briefings and @cdcgov is providing the latest.
     

And finally, we’re joining local law enforcement agencies across Georgia in urging Georgians to be very skeptical of those who are going door-to-door or driving around town offering COVID-19 testing. Do your homework. Visit the Georgia Department of Public Health or the CDC’s websites for more on testing.

To report scams, contact our office’s Consumer Protection Division:

  • CALL: 404-651-8600 inside the metro Atlanta area

  • CALL: 1-800-869-1123 toll-free outside of the metro Atlanta calling area

  • To report suspected scams or price gouging online, visit consumer.ga.gov.

COVID-19 CASES JUMP TO 287 IN GEORGIA; GORDON COUNTY NOW HAS FOUR CONFIRMED CASES

March 19, 2020 - 12:25 p.m.

In the Thursday, March 19 update from the Georgia Department of Public Health, confirmed cases of COVID-19 jumped to 287 today, up 90 cases since Wednesday.

Ten deaths related to the virus have been confirmed in the state.

Gordon County now has four confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the DPH website. Gordon County's first confirmed case was reported a week ago.

For a county by county breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

CALHOUN OUTLETS TO CLOSE DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

March 18, 2020 - 4:35 p.m.

According to a press release, Simon Property Group, the largest owner of shopping malls in the nation, is closing all of its malls and retail properties because of the coronavirus outbreak. This includes Calhoun Outlet Marketplace. The closure will begin at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, March 18, and is expected to end March 29.

"The health and safety of our shoppers, retailers and employees is of paramount importance and we are taking this step to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities," said David Simon, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Simon.

GEORGIA CASES OF COVID-19 JUMP TO 197; GORDON COUNTY NOW HAS THREE CONFIRMED CASES

March 18, 2020 - 12:20 p.m.

The Georgia Department of Public Health has released their daily numbers tracking confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the noon update shows Georgia's confirmed cases have jumped on Wednesday to 197 cases. On Tuesday, Georgia had 146 reported cases, a 35 percent increase.

 

Gordon County's number of confirmed cases, which has held at two since Friday, increased to three confirmed cases since Tuesday.

You can view the status updates on the Georgia Department of Public Health's tracking page at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

The cases reported are confirmed. Cases are identified by patient's county of residence.

CALHOUN CITY AND GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS TO REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 10, 2020

March 18, 2020 - 12:05 p.m.

In consideration of Governor Kemp’s executive order issued on March 16, as well as the latest guidance from the CDC, Calhoun City and Gordon County Schools will remain closed through spring break, which ends on April 10. Teachers will make contact with students in order to continue instructional activities through April 3. No assignments will be given the week of spring break. As we gain additional information from state and local officials, we will reassess and determine if additional time is needed beyond this date.

Additionally, all field trips scheduled for the remainder of the school year will be cancelled. Details on refunds will be made available to families as soon as they are determined. School-sponsored events will be postponed or cancelled for the duration of the closures.

As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Please continue to implement the following measures to help protect our community:

-Stay home and limit contact with others when you are sick.


-Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and properly discard used tissues. If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.


-Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.


-Avoid close contact with those who are ill.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through the impact this health crisis will have on our schools.

STATEMENT FROM GORDON COUNTY GOVERNMENT-RESTRICTED PUBLIC ACCESS TO GORDON COUNTY BUILDINGS

March 18, 2020 - 10:50 a.m.

As Gordon County Officials continue to monitor the evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we believe that it is in the best interest of our employees and the public to implement the following action.

Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, as a precaution, and to limit exposure from person to person contact, Gordon County Government will restrict public access to public County buildings and facilities. Gordon County will continue to provide services and encourages the use of online services at gordoncounty.org. All County employees will be required to report daily as normal. As this situation continues to develop, adjustments may be made, if necessary, to facilitate the delivery of services. (read more at https://gordoncounty.org/restricted-access-covid-19/ )

OPERATIONAL UPDATE FROM CITY OF CALHOUN REGARDING COVID-19 FOR MARCH 18, 2020

March 18, 2020 - 8:35 a.m.

The City of Calhoun continues to monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation relying on information being passed down from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). Based on this information the following items have been put into action in our community: 

 

Calhoun-Gordon County COVID-19 Task Force

  • Local Government, Public Safety, Public Health, Faith Based Organizations, VAC and Public School officials formed a task force to address the concerns and to form a plan in the response to the COVID-19 situation.

  • The Task Force has been meeting weekly.

  • The Task Force has developed a protocol to protect first responders who may be responding to emergency calls pertaining to COVID-19 risks.

 

Gordon County Senior Citizens Center

  • Senior Center is closed to public access.

    • Nutrition will be delivered.

    • Welfare calls will be made.

 

Calhoun Recreation Department and Gordon County Parks and Recreation

  • Recreation Departments are closed to public access.

    • Gyms are closed to organized activities, games, practices, and all gatherings.

    • Parks to remain open for walking and passive activities, but the intention is to limit social interactions.

 

General Government and Utility Departments

  • Key staff with laptops and necessary software to work remotely if needed.

  • Calhoun Utilities at 700 West Line Street has been closed to public access. Drive-thru services are available for utility customers.

  • City Hall is open and staff is on duty, but we strongly encourage all non-emergency business to be delayed or call 706-629-0151 for assistance.  Please visit www.cityofcalhoun-ga.com for additional contact information for all city services.

  • The Calhoun Depot has been closed to public access and no rentals are being booked at the Calhoun Depot or McConnell Center. Call 706-602-5570 for assistance.  Most Downtown Calhoun shops and restaurants are offering curbside services.

  • Highlighted online services on social media and websites.

  • Monitoring CDC and Department of Public Health websites for updated information.

  • Continue to monitor the situation via briefings from the Governor’s office, the White House, and the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Supporting first responders.

  • Working closely with Calhoun Police Department and Calhoun Fire Department.

  • Pushing notifications to departments and the public.

  • Administration has been personally checking in with departments and officials to determine needs.

  • Coordinating with other cities by telephone and email.

  • Tracking meetings and time for federal/state reimbursement opportunities.

  • Calhoun and Gordon County leadership remain in contact and cooperation on many levels that include administration, fire, law enforcement, EMA, EMS, E9-1-1, recreation, and senior center.

 

Local Schools

  • Both city and county schools are closed pursuant to the Governor’s Order.

  • Staff is calling students and families to ensure that they have the resources needed.

  • Food programs have been put in place for all students.

 

Elections

  • Early/Advance Voting was ceased at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

  • The Presidential Preference Primary has been postponed until May 19, 2020.

    • If someone has already voted for their presidential preference, then only the general primary election will be on the ballot.

    • If someone has not already voted for their presidential preference, they will have the general primary election and the presidential preference on the ballot.

 

Municipal Court

  • Calhoun Municipal Court has postponed all court proceedings through March 23rd, with additional court date delays expected.

 

Police Department

  • Calhoun Police Department will conduct services as usual for all emergency situations.

  • All non-essential fingerprinting has been discontinued until further notice.

  • Availability to file non-emergency incident reports over the phone by calling E911’s non-emergency numbers at (706) 629-0911 or (706) 602-0911. Callers will be connected to an officer who will determine if the event in question qualifies for an over the phone incident report.

 

Fire Department

  • City of Calhoun firefighters remain at a constant state of readiness and training.

  • City of Calhoun firefighters are following CDC and Department of Public Health guidelines.

  • Protocols have been put in place to protect our firefighters from possible exposure to COVID 19.

  • Public entry to the firehouses has been restricted to impede unnecessary contact and increase social distancing.

CPD ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY PROTOCOL AMID COVID-19

March 17, 2020 - 4:25 p.m.

In reference to the National Emergency situation concerning the COVID-19 virus, Calhoun Police Chief Tony Pyle would like to reassure the Citizens of Calhoun that the CPD will conduct service as usual for all emergency situations.

Also for those not wanting to venture out or who may have self-quarantined during this period we are offering the availability to file a non-emergency incident report over the phone by calling E911’s non-emergency numbers. (706-629-0911 or 706-602-0911) Callers will be connected to an officer who will determine if the event in question qualifies for an over the phone incident report.

ALL EMERGENCY CALLS FOR SERVICE SHOULD BE MADE USING STANDARD PROTOCAL (SIMPLY DAILING 911)

“Our top priority is the safety and security of the citizens of Calhoun. We continue to make improvements to keep our schools and community safe. One of these accomplishments include: preparing our officers to respond to any emergency situation under any circumstance, said Chief Pyle.

GORDON COUNTY UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19 FOR MARCH 17, 2020

March 17, 2020 - 2:30 p.m.

Gordon County continues to monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation relying on information being passed down from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). Based on this information the following items have been put into action in our community:

 

Calhoun Gordon County COVID-19 Task Force

● Local Government, Public Safety, Public Health, Faith Based Organizations, VAC and Public School officials formed a task force to address the concerns and to form a plan in the response to the COVID-19 situation.

● The Task Force has been meeting weekly.

● The Task Force has developed a protocol to protect first responders who may be responding to emergency calls pertaining to COVID-19 risks.

 

Local Governments

● Closed Senior Center.

○ Nutrition will be delivered.

○ Welfare calls will be made.

● Closed Recreation Department.

○ The staff is being crossed-trained.

○ The Sonoraville gym is being sanitized to be ready if needed for other uses.

● Equipped key staff with laptops and finance software to work remotely if needed.

● Highlighted online services on social media and websites.

● Monitoring CDC and Department of Public Health websites for updated information.

● Continue to monitor the situation via briefings from the Governor’s office, the White House, and the Department of Homeland Security.

● Supporting first responders

● Providing sanitation stations as available at the tax commissioner’s office.

● Submitted a Continuity of Government Plan to departments to fill out.

● Working closely with Gordon EMA and Georgia Emergency Management Agency

● Has met in person with Calhoun to coordinate responses and phone calls with Resaca and Fairmount.

● All county staff department heads met for a round table discussion and planning regarding needs and responses.

● Reviewed a Gordon County Pandemic Plan.

● Pushing notifications to departments and the public.

● Administration has been personally checking in with departments and officials to determine needs.

● Vulnerable employees to stay home and telecommute if possible. Could be assigned to call elderly to provide social contacts.

● Coordinating with other counties by telephone

● Tracking meetings and time for federal/state reimbursement opportunities.

● Human resources are accepting applications by email only at this time.

 

Cities in Gordon County

● County Administration has personally called on all cities to ascertain if they have any special needs that have arisen and to offer continuing assistance.

● Calhoun and Gordon County leadership remain in contact and cooperation on many levels that include administration, fire, law enforcement, EMA, EMS, E9-1-1, recreation, and senior center.

 

Local Schools

● Both city and county schools are closed pursuant to the Governor’s Order.

● Staff is calling students and families to ensure that they have the resources needed.

● Food programs have been put in place for all students.

 

Elections

● Early/Advance Voting was ceased at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

● The Presidential Preference Primary has been postponed until May 19, 2020.

○ If someone has already voted for their presidential preference, then only the general primary election will be on the ballot.

○ If someone has not already voted for their presidential preference, they will have the general primary election and the presidential preference on the ballot.

 

Courts

● Are following the Order of the Supreme Court

 

Sheriff’s Office

● Suspended in-person visitation

● Jail lobby will be closed except for bonds

● The Sheriff’s Office business lobby will be closed to the public.

● Detainees are being screened outside of the building

● Suspended inmates from working outside of the building

 

Fire Department

● The firefighters of Gordon County remain at a constant state of readiness and training.

● Protocols have been put in place to protect our firefighters from possible exposure to COVID 19.

● Public entry to the firehouses has been restricted to impede unnecessary contact and increase social distancing.

 

Building and Grounds

● The staffs are providing a higher level of sterilization and wipe downs in high traffic areas.

● Hand cleaning stations are set up in Gordon County Government Plaza as long as supplies of sanitizer last. Inventory of hand sanitizers and disinfectant is running low.

● Notices are being posted on entries telling people to stop and do not enter if sick or exposed to someone who is sick.

Other Departments

● Building Inspection, Public Works, and Animal Control are open at this time.

 

Hospital

● Entrance points have been limited and screening station are open at all available entrances

● Visitation has been limited

 

Other Organizations

● Chamber of Commerce has canceled all events and meetings

● George Chamber Resource Center will be closed until March 30, 2020

● Boys and Girls Club is closed

● Library is closed

 

Tax Assessor

● Encouraging e-filing and reminding public of April 1 dead line for returns and providing forms by mail on request.

● Has arranged office for social distancing

● Making a drop box available

 

Tax Commissioner

● Hand cleaning stations in use

● Installing “cough shields” at teller stations

● Drop box is installed and operational. It is located at the front door of the building at the North entrance.

Ag Center

● Meetings at conference room are canceled

 

Redbone Ridges Landfill

● Santek Environmental confirms that the landfill and convenience centers remain fully operational and fully staffed. They will continue to operate on normal hours.

 

According to the DPH website update at noon on March 17th, confirmed cases in the state of Georgia increased in the last twenty four hours by twenty five cases bringing the total number in the state of Georgia to one hundred and forty six. However, Gordon County confirmed cases remains at two.

 

Gordon County will continue to work diligently to evaluate measures that will assist in protecting our citizens and visitors during this difficult time. We will update if and as changes are made to our government operations and public buildings. Please continue to monitor CDC and DPH websites for the latest information on how to protect yourself and your family.

Gordon County, according to state reporting, still only has two reported confirmed cases of the virus; the first one reported on Thursday, March 12 and the second case reported on Friday, March 13.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 jump to 146 in Georgia; Gordon still at just two cases

March 17, 2020 - 12:30 p.m.

The Tuesday, March 17 update of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s list of confirmed COVID-19 cases by county showed the number of state cases at 146, an increase of 25 cases over Monday’s reporting of 121 cases. A confirmed case is defined as a person who has tested positive for 2019 novel coronavirus, and cases by county are determined by the patient’s county of residence.

Gordon County, according to state reporting, still only has two reported confirmed cases of the virus; the first one reported on Thursday, March 12 and the second case reported on Friday, March 13.

Locally, both Calhoun City and Gordon County school systems are out of class until March 31 due to an executive order by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. Both school systems are utilizing online learning so students will not get behind in their studies. All spring sports for high school are postponed, with middle school spring sports being cancelled.

In addition, both Calhoun City and Gordon County Parks & Recreation departments have postponed their spring sports programs, including practices. The parks remain open for those who wish to utilize walking trails.

On Monday, March 15, the Calhoun-Gordon County COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss continued preparedness response to the COVID-19 virus. Local government, public safety, public health and public schools officials addressed their preparedness efforts and potential community needs.

The local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated in a monitoring capacity and the task force strongly recommends that everyone and all organizations adhere to the CDC guidelines of not meeting in groups of 50 or larger and to practice social distancing.

For more information, visit the following websites:

CDC  https://www.cdc.gov/

Georgia Department of Public Health  https://dph.georgia.gov/

CALHOUN CITY SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES HOW STUDENTS CAN ACCESS DISTANCE LEARNING COURSEWORK

March 16, 2020 - 7:05 p.m.

All coursework has been added to our website.

To access Distance Learning coursework please following the instructions below:
1. visit www.calhounschools.org
2. Click on the Student Tab
3. Click on Distance Learning
4. Click on the grade / course you are needing to access. Once you click the link, you will need to click it one more time to open the document.

Or click on the following link: docs.google.com/…/1JHe2V6fucUNnK1RsGL3NaFeWNY6T1-Yso5…/edit…

 

Middle/High School Students:
Please remember to log into your Google(ccsjackets) account in order to access your coursework.

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KEMP: PUBLIC ELEMENTARY, SECONDARY, POST-SECONDARY SCHOOLS CLOSED THROUGH MARCH 31

March 16, 2020 - 7:05 p.m.

Atlanta, GA – In accordance with newly issued federal guidance, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order 3.16.20.01 closing all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary public schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020.

"To keep our students, teachers, and administrators safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I am ordering the closure of all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020," said Governor Kemp. "This measure is critical to reducing local transmission in communities across our state, and I ask Georgians to continue to follow best practices - washing their hands regularly, isolating the elderly and chronically ill, and avoiding large events if possible - in the days and weeks ahead."

For updates on COVID-19, follow @GeorgiaEMA, @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GEMA.OHS, @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook. For more information, visit the DPH’s coronavirus webpage at https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus.

Public health director assesses Northwest Georgia coronavirus situation

March 16, 2020 - 2:20 p.m.

ROME, GA: Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, acknowledges there is now clear indication of community spread of COVID-19 in Northwest Georgia. “Everyone should operate under the assumption that there is transmission in your community already,” Voccio says.  “Many people are going to get sick, but based on what we know about this virus, most people will not develop serious illness,” Voccio says.

 

“Our job now, everyone’s job, is to bear what we’re feeling and act to help protect ourselves and our communities. There’s going to be disruption to daily life, but we want people to feel empowered by this. The decisions you make will ultimately affect the trajectory of this outbreak.  ”

 

Voccio reports that COVID-19 testing is only available at this time for those that are symptomatic and have been evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. He also endorses the CDC’s recent recommendation to cancel events and large gatherings over fifty people and urges use of social distancing to mitigate spread of the virus and protect local communities.   

 

“Avoid mass gatherings, which are being discouraged, and maintain at least six feet distance from others when possible. That’s the best advice to follow right now,’ Voccio says.  “This means,” says Voccio, "no hugs, no handshakes. It's particularly important, and perhaps obvious, to maintain that same six-foot distance from anyone who is demonstrating signs of illness, including coughing, sneezing, or fever.”

 

Voccio stresses that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness, including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. These people and their family, friends, and caregivers should take special precautions. 

 

Public health currently recommends that for the next eight weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of fifty people or more. You can find  CDC guidance here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

 

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populationshand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.

This recommendation does not apply to the day-to-day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses and is made to help reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

“This seems to be a disease that affects adults and most seriously older adults,” Voccio says.  “Starting at age sixty, there is an increasing risk of disease, and the risk increases with age. The highest risk of serious illness and death is in people older than eighty years.” 

“People with serious underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease, also are more likely to develop serious outcomes, including death.” The CDC website has excellent guidance for people who are at higher risk for serious illness:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

 

Voccio emphasizes that anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, particularly fever, shortness of breath, and cough, should contact their healthcare provider immediately for instructions.  “Please do not go to your healthcare provider without calling ahead,” Voccio urges. “Otherwise, if you’re sick, stay at home.” 

 

For  everything you need to know about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community, go to

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov or https://dph.georgia.gov.

About the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District:  The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District works to track and prevent the spread of disease; promote health, safety, and wellbeing through education and communication; and prepare for, respond to, and ensure our communities are ready to handle public health emergencies, thereby improving the quality of life for individuals and families in ten northwest Georgia counties: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk and Walker.  Our county health departments provide a variety of medical services; monitor area environmental safety, including restaurant inspections; and help ensure their communities are prepared for disasters. Find us on the web at www.nwgapublichealth.org. Follow us on Facebook to receive news, emergency messages, and health-and-safety information at www.facebook.com/NorthwestHealthDistrict

·State assessment window/administration (including Georgia Milestones EOGs and EOCs, the Georgia Alternate Assessment/GAA 2.0, and all other required testing)

·Teacher and leader evaluation (TKES/LKES) requirements and reporting

·State-level attendance-related consequences (including CCRPI, TKES/LKES, School Climate Star Rating, and make-up day requirements)

Superintendent Woods suspends state testing administration, accountability requirements; other COVID-19 updates

March 16, 2020 - 10:35 a.m.

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues and many public schools are closed to ensure the safety of students and staff, State School Superintendent Richard Woods is suspending the following until further notice:

 

·State assessment window/administration (including Georgia Milestones EOGs and EOCs, the Georgia Alternate Assessment/GAA 2.0, and all other required testing)

·Teacher and leader evaluation (TKES/LKES) requirements and reporting

·State-level attendance-related consequences (including CCRPI, TKES/LKES, School Climate Star Rating, and make-up day requirements)

“Right now, schools’ focus needs to be on the safety of their students and staff,” Superintendent Woods said. “The focus should be first and foremost on health and safety, then on flexible and creative ways to keep learning and growing. It’s common sense: testing and accountability requirements should not place an additional burden on students, parents, and educators during this time, and they will not in Georgia.”

 

At the State Board of Education meeting on March 27 (which will be conducted via teleconference), Superintendent Woods will recommend the approval of a package of waivers, including suspension of the 20% course grade requirement for the Georgia Milestones EOC.

 

The Georgia Department of Education will seek the maximum authority and waivers afforded by the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies to accommodate this ever-evolving situation. Click here for the most recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Education regarding assessment and accountability during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Other COVID-19 Updates

GaDOE previously announced that Georgia received waivers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend meal service flexibility, allowing schools to serve students’ meals through USDA-approved meal service options at state-approved sites within the community – similar to the way schools and districts offer student meals during the summer months. As of Monday morning, 102 school district applications had been approved by GaDOE’s school nutrition staff. Please check local school district websites and social media sources for information on how to access local sites.

 

We continue to post updated information, including student learning resources and a tracking tool for school closures, to gadoe.org/coronavirus.

 

Finally, the Department wishes to thank Governor Kemp and his staff for their leadership and partnership, along with dedicated district and school leaders, educators, parents, and students who are coming together and working hard to ensure Georgia’s students are safe and well during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Calhoun City Schools School Closure Feeding Plan and Digital Learning

March 16, 2020 - 9:10 a.m.

In an effort to meet the needs of students living in our community; Calhoun City Schools will begin serving FREE meals to all children age 18 and under beginning Monday, March 16th. 

 

Meals will be prepared by our school nutrition staff at Calhoun Elementary School and be distributed by bus to homes utilizing the elementary bus routes.  Buses will follow their normal bus routes starting at 10:30 a.m. each morning and distribute a lunch, as well as a grab & go breakfast for the following morning.   After the first day, we will be more aware of what times deliveries will occur in each area and  will post a link on our website with this information.

 

We will also be offering meal pick up between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at:

 

Calhoun Elementary:  Behind the school; in carpool area

 

Voluntary Action Center:  343 South Wall St

 

If other area organizations, are interested in distributing meals please call Kim Kiker at (706) 602-6613.

 

Calhoun City Schools will continue this service until Friday, March 27th, and will be re-evaluated if school closures are still necessary.

Volunteers will be utilized to distribute meals to students from buses or deliver meals to organizations who will be feeding kids.  If you would like to volunteer, please come to the back of Calhoun Elementary to the bus loading area any day during the closure at 10:15 a.m.

We will be posting digital resources and coursework by grades to www.calhounschools.org no later than Monday afternoon.

Hard/paper copies will be available beginning Monday, March 16, after 12:00 p.m.


-For Prek: Hard/paper copies of assignment packets will be located outside the front doors of the PreK building.

-For the Complex (Kindergarten - 5th Grade: We will have hard/paper copies of assignment packets in tubs located outside the media center doors(k-5) on a daily basis for those who do not have technology access at home.

-Campus (6th- 12th Grade): Staff will be on-site at the school from 12-3 p.m. on Monday, March 16 for students to pick up hard/paper copies of assignments if they do not have technology access at home. After Monday, these will be available in tubs located outside of Calhoun High School on a daily basis for your convenience.

Assignment packets will also be available on each bus each day with the food deliveries.

For all those with digital access, you will be able to access your instruction online at the link shared Monday at www.calhounschools.org. It is the expectation that all students stay current on their work; however, should you not have access there will be a window of time to complete the work upon your return.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR SCHOOL CLOSURES - GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS

March 15, 2020 - 5:45 p.m.

As we continue to gather feedback from our community, we have made some adjustments to our schedule for the next few days in regard to picking up items from each of our schools. We realize that some schools have already communicated their original plans; however,  all schools will now follow the district schedule to accommodate families who need to obtain items from our schools. 

Families may pick up medications, digital devices, or other personal items according to the following schedule.  Should students in grades 3-12 need to check out a device for use in digital learning, they may do so during the posted times as well.  Please note that learning packets will not be available until after 12:30 p.m. on Monday but can be picked up at any time after that.  If you have any questions, please contact your school before going.

Monday, March 16: 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18: 7 a.m.-9 a.m.; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: If no one is available to pick up items for students during the posted times, please call the school to make other arrangements.

For families who are planning to turn in packets for PreK registration for the 20-21 school year, the deadline will be extended to accommodate our school closings.  As soon as a new deadline has been established, we will post the information to our website and social media.

Additionally, we will have posted at each of our schools the schedule and locations for meal distribution for students.  This information is also available on our website at gcbe.org and on social media and has been sent out via email to our families and posted on the Gordon County Schools' APP. 

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.

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Calhoun Woman's Club rescheduling this year's Sequoyah Ball

March 15, 2020 - 5:30 p.m.

The health and wellbeing of our friends and community members being of the utmost importance, the Calhoun Woman’s Club is rescheduling the Sequoyah Ball to a later date when the coronavirus is no longer a possible threat locally and our country is no longer under a national state of emergency.

 

We are extraordinarily grateful for all of our sponsors and for those who have already purchased tickets for the ball. The venue management at 209 on Wall Street, Joe Sowell with Elegant Catering and Harlan Rice with the Dexter Thomas Band are absolutely amazing and are holding our contracts and honoring them in full for our new event date, when decided.  The tickets already purchased will remain valid, and we will open ticket sales again when the new event date has been set.

 

We are grateful also for the many silent and live auction items that have been donated. The businesses and individuals in our community are unrivaled in their supportiveness.  Please consider how you can help the VAC in the short term, as both of the major fundraising events planned to assist with their renovations and expanded meal program have been postponed, and there are many people in our community who will still need food in the interim. The silent and live auction items we have received already will be held safely and will be awaiting your bids on the evening of the rescheduled ball.  We will announce the new date when we can celebrate with you the passing of this pandemic.

 

Life may slow down the next few weeks.  Hope you all have a good book or movie and can enjoy time with your families.  Stay safe.

Thank you so much for your understanding and support.

 

Calhoun Woman’s Club

GOVERNOR KEMP OFFICIALLY DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AS COVID-19 CASES JUMP TO 66 IN STATE OVERNIGHT; GORDON REPORTED WITH TWO CONFIRMED CASES

March 14, 2020 - 12:30 p.m.

The number of Georgia cases of the new coronavirus has jumped to 66 – the biggest 24-hour increase of COVID-19 cases the state has seen.
Citing that disease toll, Gov. Brian Kemp on Saturday declared a public health emergency for the state. He called the situation “an unprecedented public health threat.’’  

            
Many of the Georgia patients are hospitalized and have no recent travel history to virus hot spots, Kemp said in a somber address from the Governor’s Office.


Cobb is the hardest-hit county, with 15 coronavirus cases. It’s followed by Fulton’s 11, DeKalb’s eight and Bartow’s seven.


The cases were bound to increase since the state gained more capacity for testing patients. That ability was hamstrung for weeks as the CDC was forced to correct flaws in its initial testing kits.    

  
Kemp said the state Public Health Lab now is testing 100 specimens per day, and will soon ramp up to 200 daily, with the addition of of new equipment and more staff.        

    
The state’s emergency management operations center has been activated, and Kemp said Georgia is working to establish testing centers across the state.


Georgia’s boards governing physicians and nurses will be allowed to grant temporary licenses to applicants licensed in other states.


By declaring a public health emergency, the governor said, the state Department of Public Health will be allowed to direct swift action to fight the pandemic “in extraordinary circumstances.”


Kemp noted the potential for the state’s medical providers to be overwhelmed. “The capacity of our health care system remains at the forefront of my mind as we prepare for more local transmission,” he said.  Kemp cited the potential surge of patients at health care facilities. Unless that’s mitigated, he said, “We risk a run on critical resources for the sickest patients.”


He said he consulted Friday with epidemiologists, who recommended “social distancing.’’ hat’s a public health practice that seeks to prevent sick people from coming into close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for transmission. It can include canceling group events or closing public spaces, as well as individual decisions such as avoiding crowds. Kemp has urged faith-based organizations to cancel services in order to reduce the potential for transmission.        

            
Such extraordinary measures are being used amid the problem of having no medication treatment or vaccine for COVID-19. Though most people who get the disease will have mild cases and recover, it is potentially deadly for older people and those with underlying medical conditions.


Kemp has called for a special session of the General Assembly to convene Monday to ratify the emergency action through a joint resolution. More than 20 states have declared emergencies over the virus.


Kemp’s move Saturday constitutes Georgia’s first ever public health emergency, state officials said.


“I do not take this action lightly,’’ Kemp said. “We must remain supportive of one another [and] pray for our fellow Americans. We are in this fight together.’’


The Georgia declaration follows President Trump’s declaration Friday of a national emergency to free up $50 billion in federal resources to combat coronavirus.


Trump said he was “urging every state to set up emergency operations centers effective immediately.”


All the states but one have reported positive tests for COVID-19, with more than 2,200 cases across America. At least 49 people have died — 37 in Washington state, which now reports at least 568 cases; five in California, two in Florida, one each in Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, New Jersey and South Dakota.


Georgians can now go online to get updates on the number of coronavirus cases in the state. A newly created Public Health website gives information on cases, plus their location by county.


State officials also said Friday that a quarantine space for people who test positive for COVID-19, don’t need hospitalization but are unable to self-isolate is under construction in Monroe County, south of Atlanta.


The quarantine space, on the Georgia Public Safety Training Center campus, will be able to accommodate 20 temporary housing units. The state earlier this week created a similar set-up at Hard Labor Creek State Park, east of Atlanta.


Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. Visit Georgia Health News at wwww.georgiahealthnews.com

GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS: SCHOOL CLOSURE MEAL SERVICE

March 13, 2020 - 6:39 p.m.

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BRUMLOW MILLS ANNOUNCES EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

March 13, 2020 - 3:40 p.m.

There is new information this week about COVID-19 in Gordon County.

This afternoon, March 13,2020, we were notified that a Brumlow Mills employee tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently undergoing medical treatment. This employee had earlier tested positive for the flu virus and has not been on the premises for eight days.  Two additional employees who worked in the immediate proximity of this employee have been notified by the Georgia Department of Public Health and will self-quarantine for 14 days. 

As we understand the severity of this virus, we have been extremely proactive in mitigating the risks posed by COVID-19. We have followed CDC guidelines and have already consulted with professional industrial hygienists, as well as medical professionals. We are in close contact with health agencies for information and guidance. We are continuing to communicate to our employees the importance of preventative measures such as frequent hand washing and rigorous cleaning processes. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and we are ever hopeful that everyone impacted has a speedy recovery.

The Brumlow Family

City of Calhoun and Gordon County COVID-19 Update & Additional Closures

March 13, 2020 - 3:15 p.m.

Calhoun and Gordon County government officials met this morning at 10:00 a.m. to continue planning regarding the COVID 19 situation.

Following the Governor's outline for limiting the crowd exposure and protecting a vulnerable population, Calhoun and Gordon County have agreed to take preliminary steps to close the Senior Center. Steps will be taken to ensure that the seniors will receive their meal service and we will have staff making daily welfare calls to our seniors.

Both the City of Calhoun and Gordon County Parks and Recreation Departments will close their gyms and will be closed to organized activities, games, practices, and all gatherings. The parks will remain open for walking and passive activities but the intention is to limit social interactions. The recreation departments will be open for the March 24th Presidential Preference Primary.

The conference room of the Gordon County Agriculture Service Center will be closed to public meetings.

We would like to remind everyone that both City and County online services are available for those who do not want to be in public areas. Please see the City and County websites and social media accounts for more details concerning tax payments, utility payments, court services, etc.

Calhoun and Gordon County continue to attend briefings and gather information. The central theme is to be prepared but do not panic while we all work together to promote and maintain a healthy Gordon County.

Calhoun City Schools - School Closure Feeding Plan

March 13, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

Calhoun City Schools will provide meals for students free of charge during the duration of the school closure period. Students may pick up a meal at their normal bus stop between the hours of 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Monday-Friday. When students pick up a lunch, they may also take home a breakfast meal for the next day. All buses will run their regular route beginning Monday, March 16th from 11:00AM-1:00PM and will stop at all of their normal stops. The buses will have lunch and breakfast for every child under the age of 18 available. If you would prefer to pick up a lunch or breakfast, you may do so by visiting Calhoun Elementary School between the hours of 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Someone will be stationed behind the school where carpool pickup/drop off is located.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

DSC temporarily suspending classes beginning Monday

March 13, 2020 - 2:20 p.m.

Both campuses of Dalton State College will temporarily suspend instruction for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16 following the University System of Georgia’s decision to do so across all 26 institutions due to the threat of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

There have been no presumed or confirmed cases of Coronavirus at Dalton State.

Students have been on spring break this week and are being asked not to return to campus at this time. More information will be released as it is available.

Students are asked to remain away from campus until March 29, according to the letter. Accommodations, which will be communicated as soon as possible, will be made for any student who cannot leave campus.

Continue to follow appropriate preventative strategies, as recommended by the CDC: wash hands regularly; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; cover coughs and sneezes with tissues; avoid close contact with people who are sick; and stay home when experiencing symptoms of illness.

City of Calhoun reminds public of online bill paying options

March 13, 2020 - 1:17 p.m.

We would like to remind everyone that our online services are available for those who do not feel comfortable visiting public areas.

 

Please visit the City website for more details concerning tax payments, utility payments, municipal court payments, etc.

 

Also, please call City Hall at 706-629-0151 for help you may need that could be conducted over the phone, and call Utility Customer Service at 706-602-5678 for ways you can complete utility services over the phone. Thank you.

Frosty Kreme to offer free lunch to students who need it while schools are out of session due to COVID-19 concerns

March 13, 2020 - 12:52 p.m.

Due to the county and city schools being closed, we realize that some students might rely on lunch. While schools are closed, all students K-12 are welcome to come to the Frosty Kreme, located at 805 North Wall Street in Calhoun, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and either get a grilled cheese, chips and drink or a hotdog chips and drink. FREE OF CHARGE! No questions or requirements. UPDATE: Frosty Kreme now has volunteers that are willing to deliver to kids in the county or to anybody that cannot come pick up their lunches. Please inbox on the Frosty Kreme  Facebook page how many lunches you need and we will make sure to get them delivered to you. Frost Kreme truly appreciates the community coming together on behalf of all these kids may God bless each and everyone of you!

CALHOUN CITY/GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR TWO WEEK PERIOD THROUGH FRIDAY, MARCH 27

March 13, 2020 - 12:15 p.m.

Due to the latest information from Governor Kemp concerning the Coronavirus, Calhoun City and Gordon County Schools are proactively closing school campuses for all students for a two week period through Friday, March 27, 2020. Instruction will continue through homebound activities that will be shared with all students and parents on Monday, March 16th. This measure is to support local and statewide efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Calhoun and Gordon County will reassess the situation on Thursday, March 26th and determine if additional time is needed beyond this date. Information will be shared through emails, phone calls, district websites, and social media.

A professional learning day for faculty and staff is planned for Monday, March 16, 2020, at which time, teachers will continue to prepare learning packets and digital learning activities. Digital learning days will begin Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Details about school nutrition services will be communicated as soon as possible.

All school field trips and special events scheduled between now and April 13th will be canceled and/or postponed. This includes parent-teacher conferences, musicals, concerts, etc. Upon students’ return to school, we are asking that visitors respect our desire to keep our students and staff safe and refrain from coming to school for lunch or other daily events within the school until further notice.

All field trips, both state and out-of-state, are suspended through April 13th. Details on rescheduling or refunds will be made available to you as soon as they are determined.

All athletic practices and games are suspended through March 27th and will be re-evaluated at that time in cooperation with the Georgia High School Association and Middle School Athletic Associations.

Calhoun Community Education Majorette Clinic CANCELLED

March 13, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.

The Majorette Clinic scheduled for Saturday, March 14 has been cancelled. All participants will be contacted in regard to getting a refund.

Coulter Hampton Day postponed

March 13, 2020 - 10 a.m.

Due to growing concerns regarding public safety, the board of directors for Coulter Hampton Foundation has decided to postpone Coulter Hampton Day. This includes the student performances, Jeep crawl, auctions, and other events associated with the day.

 

Coulter Hampton Day will be rescheduled as soon as it is safer for everyone to gather together. The board of directors wishes to send a giant thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make Coulter Day special. All donations will be saved for our rescheduled date. Time sensitive items will be auctioned on the the Coulter Hampton FB page.

 

Much love, Coulter Hampton Board

UPDATE FROM CALHOUN CITY SCHOOLS CONCERNING ATHLETIC EVENTS

March 13, 2020 - 10 a.m.

The Bartow-Gordon Middle School Athletic Association (BGMSAA) is canceling all activities beginning March 16 through the end of the spring semester. This includes all Calhoun Middle School spring athletic activities (Baseball, Soccer, Track, and Tennis).

As recommended by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA), CCS has determined that Calhoun High School athletic activities and GHSA sponsored events will suspend all participation (practices and games) until Friday, March 27. A determination about the future involvement of those activities will be made by the end of the day on Friday, March 27.

Calhoun-Gordon County Library closed until further notice

March 13, 2020 - 10 a.m.

Due to the health crisis and public health concerns, the Northwest Georgia Regional Board made the decision to close Calhoun, Chatsworth and Dalton public libraries until further notice. No fines will accrue during this closure. Any updates will be posted to the library social media and to the library's website at ngrl.org.

One confirmed case of COVID-19 in Gordon County

March 12, 2020 -  5:30 p.m.

The Georgia Department of Public Health has reported that there is now one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Gordon County; however, they can provide no additional information at this time. DPH officials say there has been a new case county map recently added to their website as an asset to heighten situational awareness of COVID-19 cases. Click the link below to see cases reported by county.

https://dph.georgia.gov/georgia-department-public-health-covid-19-daily-status-report?fbclid=IwAR1-VnOCv4EgfYjXIb2mctxg_pBr8x5NZ4E7cMLbswjt-6V_osJHEJrrb5I