Douglas County Georgia

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COVID-19 Information

Latest Updates: July 31, 2020:

Governor Kemp's Executive Order extending Georgia's State of Emergency

Latest Updates: July 24, 2020:

Latest Order Regarding Court Procedures Due to COVID-19 Pandemic for the Douglas Judicial Circuit

Latest Updates: July 16, 2020:

Governor Kemp's Executive Order extending Georgia's State of Emergency

Latest Updates: July 6, 2020:

COVID-19 Douglas Public Health Presentation" slideshow as shown to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners

Latest Updates: June 2, 2020:

Community and Social Services Resource Center (External link)

Latest Updates: June 1, 2020:

Governor Kemp's Executive Order extending Georgia's State of Emergency issued May 28, 2020 (PDF)

Latest Updates: May 14, 2020:

COVID-19 Guidance for Public Pools (PDF)

Latest Updates: May 12, 2020:

Governor Kemp's Executive Order regarding driver services (PDF)
Governor Kemp's Executive Order extending Georgia's State of Emergency (PDF)
Governor Kemp's Executive Order: Flags at Half Staff to honor Peace Officers Memorial Day (PDF)

Latest Updates: April 30, 2020:

Governor Kemp's Executive Order renewing Georgia's State of Emergency (PDF)
Who Must Shelter in Place through June 12, 2020? (PDF)
Large Gatherings Ban (No more than 10 people to gather in a single location unless there is at least 6 feet between each person.) (PDF)
Basic Rules for Businesses (PDF)
Guidance and Criteria for Opening Non-Critical Infrastructure (PDF)
Criteria for All Retail Businesses (Retail Businesses, including Food Establishments and Retail and Wholesale Grocery Stores) (PDF)
Closed Businesses through May 13, 2020 (PDF)
Info for Restaurants (PDF)
Info for Body Art Studios, Cosmetologists, Hair Designers, Nail Cure Artists, Estheticians, Their Respective Schools, Massage Therapists and Tanning Facilities (PDF)
Info for Bowling Alleys (PDF)
Info for Gyms and Fitness Centers (PDF)
Info for Movie Theaters and Cinemas (PDF)

Latest Updates: April 28, 2020:

28 Safety Guidelines for Return to Work - Salons - COVID19 4-2020 (PDF)
GA Gov Exec Order COVID 04.23.20 (PDF)
Georgia Restaurant Association + National Restaurant Association - COVID19 Reopening Guidance (PDF)
OSHA COVID Guidance 4-2020 LPC (PDF)
CDC - Resources for Businesses and Employers (External link)
White House - Guidelines for Opening Up America Again (External link)
American Enterprise Institute - National Coronavirus Response - A Road Map to Reopening (PDF)

Latest Updates: April 10, 2020:

COVID-19 Isolation and Contact Guidance 4.10.2020 (PDF) Douglas County COVID-19 Hub website
Douglas County - "Shelter in Place" Emergency Ordinance (PDF)
City of Douglasville - "Shelter in Place" Emergency Ordinance (PDF)
State of Emergency Declaration in Douglas County - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

On March 2, 2020, the first cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were identified in the state of Georgia. Both of these cases are thought to be travel related and there is still not evidence of community spread.

What is Coronavirus Disease 2019?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), in consultation with the CDC, is evaluating patient information received from healthcare providers about potential cases of coronavirus in Georgia.

Advice to the general public is the same as every cold and flu season:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms ("asymptomatic") and that even those who eventually develop symptoms ("pre-symptomatic") can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity - for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing - even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

COVID-19 Testing:
At this time, all testing for coronavirus disease is being handled by the State of Georgia. Call your healthcare professional IF you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19:
COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include:

  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • fever
  • a general feeling of being unwell

Visit, for preparedness tips for both the workplace and residents of the community. Another good resource is the CDC website:

For travel information, please visit:

What is Cobb & Douglas Public Health Doing to Respond?

  • Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) is preparing internally, as well as with the state and the CDC to slow or prevent community spread. We are 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.
  • We are reaching out to our county Boards of Health, emergency management agencies, chambers of commerce, and other partners who may need our guidance and are sending them guidance on how to prepare their organizations.
  • CDPH staff receive frequent updates from the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health. These updates include information on the current situation abroad and in the U.S., testing, surveillance, quarantine, and more. This helps shape our local response.
  • CDPH has a previously-developed pandemic influenza plan that can serve as a template for responding to other outbreaks of severe respiratory disease, like COVID-19. We are reviewing our plan and are also prepared to implement specific COVID-19 guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the CDC as the situation evolves.

For Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19, visit: