Living. Growing. Prospering.
Date: March 19, 2020
Today with over 287 cases of Coronavirus identified in various counties in Georgia, I want to assure Douglas County citizens my administration is working intensively with all our partners at the local, state and federal level to execute every potential precautionary measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
We are communicating around the clock with our local and state public health officials and epidemiologist to activate unprecedented precautionary measures to mitigate and educate our citizens about COVID-19.
Considering the Coronavirus pandemic, it is important for us take aggressive steps to flatten the curve of exposure, risk and transmission which requires social distant behavior. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart and lung disease and diabetes seem to be at higher risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19.
Social distancing measures are essential components of the public health response to pandemics such as influenza. The objective of these mitigation measures is to reduce transmission, thereby delaying the epidemic peak, reducing the size of the epidemic peak, and spreading cases over a longer time to relieve pressure on the healthcare system. Evidence based practices of social distancing to include isolating ill persons, contact tracing, quarantining exposed persons, school closures, workplace measures/closures, and avoiding crowding supports the effectiveness of measures obtained largely from observational studies and simulation studies. The efficacy of social distancing appears to be an effective method for flattening the curve of the Coronavirus.
Please remember the following CDC Guidelines- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer is acceptable with at least 60 percent base. Refrain from shaking hands and hugging. Cough in your elbow. Maintain at least six feet distance. Blow your nose in tissue and discard used tissue. Stay home if you are sick. Clean surfaces with disinfectant wipes or solution often.
Currently, I have issued an emergency order declaring a local state of emergency for Douglas County to help lessen the spread of COVID-19 and obtain all federal and state assistance and resources available. I have temporarily closed the Courthouse to the general public. All five of the courts, remain open to receive filings. Our parks and recreation facilities are closed as well as our Library buildings but drive thru service is available at the libraries if you call in advance. Our Douglas County Senior Services building, and Woodie Fite Senior Center is closed to the public with exception of our wheels on meals, medical transport and homemaker services.
Dr. Romona Jackson Jones
Chairman, Douglas County Board of Commissioners
*Important Covid-19 Testing Information
Cobb & Douglas Public Health is working with federal, state and local partners to expand COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus) testing rapidly in our community. This week, we are finalizing plans to offer drive-through testing ONLY for our highest risk individuals, who, if they had the virus, would dramatically impact many individuals in the entire community (e.g., healthcare workers, first responders, teachers, nursing home residents). Georgia Public Health guidelines are being finalized and we are expecting shipments of test kits to our community. COVID-19 TESTING WILL NOT BE PROVIDED TO THE GENERAL COMMUNITY AT THIS TIME. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath) or have been directly exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, please isolate at home. If your condition worsens, call your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, your local federally qualified healthcare center or in extreme cases, call 911. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility. The State of Georgia also has a new COVID-19 hotline for more information - Hotline: (844) 442-2681
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) is preparing internally and working with our partners, including the local governments, healthcare organizations, businesses, first responders, and local school districts to ensure our community is prepared for a potential COVID-19 outbreak.
Information from Cobb & Douglas Public Health:
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Coronavirus Update - March 20, 2020
Contact COVID-19 Hotline
The State of Georgia's COVID-19 hotline
The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
Douglas County Government/Courthouse Phone Number: 770-949-2000
In an effort to help better serve your needs, we would like to highlight this phone number. If you leave a message, we will help direct your message to the appropriate department where you will get a response as soon as possible. Thank you. Douglas County Communications & Community Relations Department