UPDATE - COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 UPDATE 
March 10, 2020 

At 10 p.m. yesterday the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Gov. Brian Kemp announced five additional presumptive positive Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Georgia with other cases being reported throughout today. DPH is currently awaiting confirmatory testing from the CDC on these cases. This email contains more information on these cases, expert insight from the National League of Cities and valuable resources from the CDC.

 

Confirmed Georgia cases of COVID-19 and presumed positive cases of COVID-19 are broken down by county as follows:

 

Confirmed COVID-19

  • Fulton County
  • Floyd County
  • Polk County
  • Cobb County

 

Presumptive Positive COVID-19

  • Fulton County
  • Cobb County
  • Fayette County
  • DeKalb County
  • Gwinnett County
  • Cherokee County

 

According to the DPH, the overall risk of COVID-19 to the general public remains low, although elderly people and individuals with chronic medical conditions may have increased risk for COVID-19. The best prevention measures for any respiratory virus continue to be the same as my initial message to you regarding COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid handshakes and practice social distancing.
  • 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 surface.
  • Consider adopting a policy for your city facilities and employees, including travel and visitors.

 

If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

 

How Local Governments Can Respond to COVID-19

As local elected leaders, you have a shared responsibility for ensuring the health and safety of your residents, as they are on the front lines of responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 in their community.

 

The experts at NLC are committed to providing local governments the necessary tools and resources to ensure local leaders are well equipped to navigate the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in their community.

 

As more cases of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, are identified in the US, local leaders must answer the question about their own role in responding to the outbreak. The good news is that cities, towns and villages have longstanding emergency protocols for public health emergencies such as this and now is the time to show leadership.

 

Here are three things to prioritize with your local response. Follow the links to read more from NLC:

  1. Keep Calm and Clearly Communicate Information to Residents
  2. Ensure Coordination Between Local/State Health Departments
  3. Take Care of Your Team

NLC is also hosting a conference call with Senior Administration Officials on the coronavirus this Wednesday, March 11 at 1:00 pm ET. Details and to register can be found here.

Find information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the links provided below. In addition, the Coronavirus Task Force holds frequent national briefings which can be viewed live.

 

Web Resources:

 

Up-to-Date Resources:

 

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