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March 9, 2020

COVID-19 Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 13, 2020, 10:00 P.M.

With the start of the weekend upon our community, local officials continue to be engaged with both state and federal partners regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Early this morning county officials met to discuss continuity of operation planning for government services. Our leadership team is committed to providing a continued high-level quality of county services with minimal interruption through the week ahead. At the time of this release, all county offices will be operating under normal conditions with the following exceptions. Out of an abundance of caution, the Morgan County Senior Center was closed effective Friday, March 13, 2020 and officials will re-evaluate next Thursday, March 19, 2020 to determine if continued closing is needed. All members of the center will have meals delivered to their homes during the closure. Additionally, Morgan County Parks and Recreation has canceled all soccer, baseball, softball, track and aquatic activities through Friday, March 19, 2020. However, all rentals will be honored and our passive park services will continue to be open to the public. In an effort to keep our team healthy, we request that you continue to follow best practices for your health with regular handwashing and avoid conducting business with county offices if you are sick. There has been no change in status at the Hard Labor Creek State Park isolation unit. A single patient continues to be on-site for monitoring and observation. Staffing by State of Georgia officials has continued as previously reported. Local officials will continue to monitor all aspects of COVID-19 and its potential impact on our community. Additionally, any new information will be released as it becomes available in order to keep our residents fully informed. Over the last five days county officials have been working closely with our local Georgia Department of Public Health office in Madison to collect and disseminate information related to COVID-19. Please find the attached release “Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019” as a helpful reference. Questions regarding the Hard Labor Creek Isolation Site should be directed to Georgia Department of Public Health, which is acting as the lead agency on this case.


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April 3, 2020 10:42 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 3, 2020, 8:30 P.M.

Earlier today, local officials reported that a fourth case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Morgan County. Questions have been raised that this additional case does not match the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) daily status report. Local officials have been advised that the GDPH daily status report may be backlogged in reporting county specific data. As of 7:00 P.M., there are currently 5,967 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout 147 counties across the state. Again, the reported case count of COVID-19 in Morgan County has increased to four (4).

Please keep in mind that the Georgia’s Shelter-in-Place Order became effective at 6:00 P.M. today. Please review basic highlights of the order below:

All residents and visitors of the State of Georgia are required to shelter in place within their homes or places of residence and taking every possible precaution to limit social interaction to prevent the spread or infection of COVID-19 to themselves or any other person unless they are:

1. Conducting or participating in Essential Services
2. Performing Necessary Travel
3. Are engaged in the performance of, or travel to and from, the performance of Minimum Basic Operations for a business or organization not classified as Critical Infrastructure
4. Are part of the workforce for Critical Infrastructure and are actively engaged in the performance of, or travel to and from, their respective employment

The order defines Essential Services as:

1. Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family or household members, such as food and supplies for household consumption and use, medical supplies or medication, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, and products needed to maintain safety, sanitation, and essential maintenance of the home or residence. Preference should be given to online ordering, home delivery, and curbside pick-up services wherever possible as opposed to in-store shopping
2. Engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of family or household members, such as seeking medical, behavioral health, or emergency services
3. Engaging in outdoor exercise activities so long as a minimum distance of six (6) feet is maintained during such activities between all persons who are not occupants of the same household or residence

Local officials continue to ask everyone in the Morgan County community to do your part in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our area by doing the following: comply with the “Shelter-in-Place” order; wash your hands often with soap and water; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Remember, together we can make a difference!

If you have a question related to COVID-19, the State of Georgia has created a hotline at 844-442-2681.

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April 3, 2020 11:35 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 3, 2020, 11:00 A.M.

This morning, local officials have been advised that Morgan County now has an additional case COVID-19 in our community. With notice of this additional case, Morgan County now has four (4) confirmed cases of COVID-19. This additional case may not match the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) daily status report due to be released at noon today. Local officials have been advised that the GDPH daily status report may be backlogged in reporting county specific data. No additional information is available regarding this case.

If you have a question related to COVID-19, the State of Georgia has created a hotline at 844-442-2681.

In order to get the most up-to-date information consider signing up for county alerts at our official webpage at www.morgancountyga.gov, follow us on Twitter @Morgan_GA, or like us on Facebook at Morgan County Georgia - Government

April 2, 2020 9:55 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 9:30 A.M.

This morning, local officials have been advised that Morgan County now has an additional case COVID-19 in our community. With notice of this additional case, Morgan County now has three (3) confirmed cases of COVID-19. No additional information is available regarding this case. Additionally, local officials are awaiting guidance from the Governor’s Office with regard to the specifics of the shelter-in-place order that will go into effect on Friday, April 3, 2020. As soon as this information is available, a local release of information will be provided to our community.

If you have a question related to COVID-19, the State of Georgia has created a hotline at 844-442-2681.

In order to get the most up-to-date information consider signing up for county alerts at our official webpage at www.morgancountyga.gov, follow us on Twitter @Morgan_GA, or like us on Facebook at Morgan County Georgia - Government