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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)
Latest Updates: April 30, 2020:Governor Kemp's Executive Order renewing Georgia's State of Emergency (PDF)
Latest Updates: April 28, 2020:28 Safety Guidelines for Return to Work - Salons - COVID19 4-2020 (PDF)
Latest Updates: April 10, 2020:COVID-19 Isolation and Contact Guidance 4.10.2020 (PDF) Douglas County COVID-19 Hub website
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:
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.
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:
Visit CobbAndDouglasPublicHealth.org, for preparedness tips for both the workplace and residents of the community. Another good resource is the CDC website: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
For travel information, please visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
What is Cobb & Douglas Public Health Doing to Respond?
For Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19, visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
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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LIBERTY ROAD BRIDGE CLOSURE
GDOT will be closing the Liberty Road bridge over I-20 beginning June 1st to do improvements to the bridge. The bridge work will be similar to the work GDOT performed at Post Road and several other locations along I-20. GDOT anticipates the bridge will be closed for 45 days.
The detour route will be as follows:
Vehicles on Liberty Road headed north to points north of I-20, will be directed to take I-20 east to Post Road, turn left on Post Road, cross over the bridge there and take I-20 west back to the Liberty Road/Mirror Lake Blvd interchange. They can then exit at the westbound ramp at that interchange and turn right to continue northbound on Mirror Lake Blvd.
Similarly, vehicles traveling southbound on Liberty Road to areas south of I-20 will be directed to take I-20 west to SR 61, take the westbound exit ramp, turn left on SR 61 and cross over the bridge at that location, then take I-20 east back to Liberty Road and exit at the Liberty Road interchange then turn right to proceed southbound on Liberty Road.