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DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSION CHAIR ORDERS ADDITIONAL MEASURES DUE TO COVID-19 EMERGENCY


Douglasville, GA (March 13) - Dr. Romona Jackson Jones, Chairman of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners called for additional measures to be taken to protect the interest of the general public against the spread of COVID-19. Chairman Jones authorized the closings of the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department, Douglas County Senior Services and the Woodie Fite Center and the Douglas County Libraries to the general public.

All programs and activities at the Douglas County Senior Services facility located at 6287 Fairburn Rd., Douglasville, GA. and the Woodie Fite Senior Center at 8750 Dorris Rd, Douglasville, GA will be closed for 14 days to the general public. "We plan to have things open back to normalcy on Monday, March 30," Chairman Jones said. "Since our older adults are in the high-rise category of risk to get the COVID-19 virus, we want to take the necessary precautions to protect our older citizens."

"While the Senior Services facilities are closed to the public, Meals on Wheels, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation and Homemaker services will continue as scheduled," said Senior Services Director Konswella Gilchrist. "Staff will email members over the next two weeks with updates and the public is invited to please visit our Facebook page and the website under the "Departments" tab on celebratedouglascounty.com" said Gilchrist. If the public has questions about Woodie Fite Center, they can call 678-626-5630.

All Douglas County Public Libraries will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020 and will be remain closed for the next 14 days. All library programs, including story times, community meetings, room usage and all library activities are canceled. "Those that need to reschedule meeting room usage may contact the library upon reopening" Lindy Moore, Director of Libraries said. "Overdue fines will be waived during this time and library outdoor book drops will remain open for the return of all library materials."

The general public is encouraged to please call the library for materials renewal. Limited hold pick up services will be available. Advanced Voting at the Dog River Library location will continue as usual. Our online resources, such as Cloud Library and Galileo are always available. Please follow our Facebook pages and regional website for up to date information," Moore said. The general public is encouraged to visit WGRLS.org for more information.

"As for Parks and Recreation, we are cancelling all group activities and events for 14 days," Recreation Superintendent Chad Griffin said. "In addition, all Parks and Recreation facilities and parks will be closed to the general public during the same time period."

Chairman Jones wants to reiterate that the County government is not shutting down or closing, just taking proactive measures to protect the general public. Griffin said, "Offices at the Old Courthouse, Deer Lick Park, and Boundary Waters Aquatic Center will remain open to receive phone calls and questions about any of our programs and events." Office hours will be 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Offices will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Anyone with further questions related to the Parks and Recreation Department should call 770-920-7129, 770-489-2175, or 770-489-3919.

For more information, please contact Rick Martin, Director of Communications & Community Relations at rickmartin@co.douglas.ga.us or 770-920-7303.

Photo: Director of Emergency Management Agency Jason Milhollin; Deputy Fire Chief Scott Zachmeyer; Dr. Konswella Gilchrest, Director of Senior Services; Dr. Romona Jackson Jones, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners; Mark Teal, County Administrator; Lindy Moore, Director of Libraries; Rick Martin, Director of Communications and Community Relations; Chad Griffin, Recreation Superintendent





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