Judicial State of Emergency Executive Order Released
The executive order extending the Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency through June 12, 2020 that was announced last week was released today. The order specifically authorizes more restrictive local measures if it becomes necessary.
ACCG and Secretary of State’s Office Provide Answers to Election Questions
ACCG has worked with the Georgia Office of the Secretary of State to answer some common county election questions for the June 2020 Primary. This information addresses a wide range of issues including how to handle voters that show up wearing masks, whether you can require voters to have their temperature taken and whether counties can close polling places.
PPE Available through OMNIA Partners Office Depot Contract
OMNIA Partners has notified ACCG that PPE, including KN95 and 3 ply masks, are now available through its Office Depot contract. For more information, click here.
The Shelter In Place expires tonight! See Governor Kemp's signed Executive Order 4.30.20.01
Governor Kemp Announces Reopening of Some Businesses Starting April 24
During Governor Kemp’s press conference this afternoon, he announced steps he is authorizing to begin to reopen Georgia’s economy. You can read the Governor’s remarks here and view the Executive Order he signed today here. You can also find President Trump’s Guidelines for Reopening America here.
Included in the Executive Order:
Medical practices, dental practices, orthodontics practices, optometry practices, physical therapists, ambulatory surgical centers, physicians performing elective surgeries, healthcare institutions, medical facilities and any and all other healthcare-related practices and services that have ceased operations should begin treating patients in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service guidelines and provisions of the Executive Order.
April 24 – All gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, estheticians, hair designers, massage therapists may begin in-person Minimum Basic Operations as defined by the Executive Order.
Additionally, in his remarks he said:
April 27 - Subject to social distancing and sanitation mandates, theaters, private social clubs and restaurant dine-in services will be allowed to reopen.
Bars, nightclubs, operators of amusement park rides and live performance venues will remain closed.
The Shelter in Place Order is still active and will expire on April 30 at 11:59 p.m.
Medically fragile and elderly Georgians should shelter in place at least through May 13.
For places of worship, holding in-person services is allowed, but under Phase One guidelines, it must be done accordance with strict social distance protocols.
Update on the Latest Developments in the COVID-19 Response Package
On the National Association of Counties (NACo) call this afternoon, NACo Executive Director Matt Chase encouraged counties to keep up the pressure up on their Congressional delegation to provide direct finding to counties for COVID-related expenditures and lost revenues. President Trump has indicated that he will support aid for states and local governments in the next package, but the focus right now continues to be on business assistance. Here’s what you can do now:
Share Georgia’s letter direct and flexible funding for county governments. Remind your Congressional delegation all of Georgia’s 159 counties are on the front lines providing critical services to their communities and should receive financial assistance.
Participate in the NACo survey to provide an estimate on the impact of COVID-19 on county finances.
NACo National Call on COVID-19 Response Efforts, Featuring U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia
The National Association of Counties (NACo) will host a call on Tuesday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m. on county priorities in federal COVID-19 resopnse efforts. U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia will discuss new federal resources available for county residents and new requirements for counties governments as employers due to recently enacted COVID-19 response legislation. To register for the call, click here.
During Governor Brian Kemp’s press conference this afternoon, he announced that he would extend the Shelter in Place Executive Order through April 30 and said that all provisions will remain in effect. ACCG will share that Executive Order as soon as it becomes available. He also announced new Executive Orders related to the National Guard, nursing homes and short-term rentals. Links to the Governor’s remarks and the Executive Orders released today are below:
Governor Kemp Appoints County Advisory Committee for COVID-19 Issues
On April 7, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp appointed a committee of 15 county commissioners and three county administrators to provide him with recommendations of actions to address issues and concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic as they relate to county governments. ACCG President Billy Pittard chairs the committee, which held its first meeting today. Weekly meetings will be held, with key recommendations being conveyed each week to Governor Kemp. ACCG is convening and facilitating meetings of the committee. Click here to see the County Advisory Committee members.
ASL Resources Available to Counties for Press Conferences and Public Service Announcements through GEMA
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reminds counties that ASL interpreters are available to assist with press conferences, public service announcements, videos and any other public communication regarding COVID-19 for those who are hearing impaired in your community. Requests for assistance can be shared through your County EMA Director through WEB EOC. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact ACCG Communications Director Schuyler Harding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just released from the Governor’s office:
Governor Brian P. Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, and House Speaker David Ralston have announced plans to extend Georgia’s public health state of emergency through May 13, 2020 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Under state law, the Governor may renew the public health state of emergency, which was otherwise set to expire on April 13, 2020. Lt. Governor Duncan and Speaker Ralston agree it is necessary for the public health emergency to be renewed and will not be requesting a special legislative session, which was tentatively scheduled for April 15, 2020. Read the press release here.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Below you will find the Governor’s Executive Order regarding the shelter in place declaration and additional information provided by the Governor’s office. ACCG is working on a summary that will be provided as soon as possible.
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Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park - CLOSED
In response to guidance from city, county, and state health departments, effective April 3, until further notice, the park is closed.This includes all units, roads, trails, parking areas, and picnic areas. Choose "more" to view specific areas affected. https://www.nps.gov/chch/index.htm
"Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution" What Georgians need to know about the shelter-in-place order
3/23/2020 Click the blue links below to view the Resolutions
RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE CLOSURE OF ALL BARS AND RESTAURANTS LOCATED IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF CATOOSA COUNTY; ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR TAKE-OUT OR DELIVERY OF FOOD ONLY; PROHIBITING GATHERINGS OF OVER 10 PEOPLE; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DA TE; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
A General Order from the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office. Please click the blue link to access the General Order.
As schools across the region close, we have been truly inspired by community efforts to keep neighbors and families nourished. We commend our school systems for quickly developing logistics of food pick-up and deliveries for all children. Several business owners across the region have inspired us with their generosity as they open the doors of their restaurants so that students of their community may eat at no cost.
Use our interactive food site map to find a pick-up spot near you. Please note that the duration of meal service and service schedule differs among counties.
Click the image below to view the map on our website and find a food pick-up location near you. We will do our best to keep this as up to date as possible during this rapidly evolving event. Please contact us if you notice any locations are no longer applicable.
Catoosa County Citizens, A COVID-19 hot line number has been set up for you to call if you have any questions or concerns regarding the virus.
COVID-19/Coronavirus HOT LINE PHONE NUMBER, (844) 442-2681.
Ringgold, GA (March 17, 2020) - Out of concern for the health and well-being of our neighbors, the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners will restrict in-person access to the general public at its regular and special called meetings beginning Tuesday, March 17, and continuing through the duration of the statewide public health emergency declared by Governor Brian Kemp. As the Board will continue to conduct necessary County business, the public will have real time virtual access to meetings via livestream on the Catoosa County Government Facebook page.
This action is in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19-19 outbreak and is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the County during this public health emergency and is otherwise authorized under Georgia law (O.C.G.A. Sec. 5-14-1(g)). Citizens will not be permitted to attend meetings of the Board of Commissioners in-person. People who have specific business on a published meeting agenda of the Board of Commissioners may be invited by the Board on a case-by-case basis to attend and participate in a meeting for specified limited purposes. Anyone who signed up to speak during the public comments portion of the March 17, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting will be notified when normal meeting procedures are resumed and given an opportunity to address the Board at that time.
We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding. For the latest information on Catoosa County’s response to COVID-19 please visit www.catoosa.com.
COVID-19 Update: All events and rentals at the Colonnade Center and the Catoosa County Voting Precincts will be cancelled March 16th - 30th. If you have one of the facilities rented during this time frame, please contact the following:
Voting Precinct Rentals: Catoosa Recreation 706-891-4199
The Colonnade Center Rentals: 706-935-9000
Catoosa County Taking Proactive Measures to Reduce Impact of Coronavirus Response
Ringgold, GA (March 13, 2020) - Catoosa County officials announced adjustments to some county services and preparations to help ensure public safety and proactively reduce any possible future impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Currently there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Catoosa County. Extra steps are being taken to protect elderly citizens, including the closure of the Senior Center from March 16 - 27. In the meantime, the Senior Center is providing seniors with 11- day food packages, with continued transportation services to be provided by Catoosa TransAid.
"We want to help our most vulnerable neighbors, senior citizens, stay healthy by reducing their potential exposure to the coronavirus in case it presents in our community," said Catoosa County Commission Chairman Steven Henry.
Additionally, Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk encourages seniors to take advantage of his department's senior check program.
"We welcome seniors to call us at (706) 935-2424 and be placed on our senior check list," said Sheriff Sisk. "We will call them everyday to ask how they are doing and if we can help provide assistance."
All Recreation Department events have been postponed until at least April 6. The Catoosa County Library will remain open, but programs have been postponed until further notice. Voting will continue as scheduled.
"We regret any inconvenience these adjustments may cause, but out of an abundance of caution we want to do everything we can to keep our neighbors as healthy and safe as possible," said Catoosa County Manager Alicia Vaughn.
Jury duty for the weeks of March 16 and March 23 has been suspended, which will delay Superior Court trials. Other courts face postponements as well, so anyone with scheduled court business is encouraged to check the county's website at www.catoosa.com.
Catoosa County will work with contractors to take extra steps to clean and disinfect public buildings including the courthouse and administrative buildings. All non-essential travel will be postponed.
"Catoosa County Government will continue to serve residents with the best possible services in cooperation with our community partners," Chairman Henry said. "We hope to be able to resume life-as-usual as quickly as possible and appreciate everyone's patience."
For the latest information, please visit www.catoosa.com. For the latest coronavirus updates, go to:
Georgia Department of Public Health: https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html