Your City continues to follow the updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The City is committed to continuing to provide essential services while minimizing the risk to citizens. In addition to minimizing the risk, the CDC and DPH are recommending that cities evaluate large public gatherings and the weigh the risk exposure to their citizens. With that consideration in mind, the City is doing the following:
- The City Transit service will continue to operate, and extra care is being taken daily to keep the bus sanitized. To help minimize risk to citizens who ride the bus, we are limiting the number of people on the bus at one time. We strongly encourage anyone who is sick to stay home, but if they need to get to a doctor, we will carry the one passenger and make sure the bus is cleaned afterwards.
- Social Circle Municipal Court, scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, is being rescheduled to April and May. Everyone will be receiving a letter notifying them of their new court date. Please call the Court Clerk at 770-464-6904 if you have questions or do not receive a letter.
- The Census Q&A Chili Dinner, scheduled for Friday, March 20 is being cancelled. If you have questions about the Census, please call Barbara Schlageter at 770-464-6905. If you need help responding to the Census, please go to the W.H. Stanton Memorial Library. They have computers set up and people on-hand to help you respond to the Census.
- The Taste of Social Circle, scheduled for Friday, April 17, is being rescheduled. As soon as we have a date, we will let you know.
Yesterday the Georgia DPH announced the following numbers and locations of confirmed and presumed COVID‑19 cases in Georgia.
12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the following counties:
- Fulton, 3
- Floyd, 2
- Polk, 1
- Cobb, 2
- Bartow, 3
- Lee, 1
19 presumptive Positive COVID-19 waiting for confirmation from the CDC in the following counties:
- Fulton, 2
- Cobb, 6
- Fayette, 1
- DeKalb, 4
- Gwinnett, 2
- Cherokee, 1
- Charlton, 1
- Lowndes, 1
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 DPH currently rates the COVID-19 situation at a level 2 and recommends that people be prepared. The CDC recommends the following guidelines to prepare your household:
- Know where to find local information on COVID-19 and local trends of COVID-19 cases. (https://dph.georgia.gov/georgia-department-public-health-covid-19-daily-status-report)
- Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if symptomatic. (http://www.cdc.gov/COVID19-symptoms)
- Stay home when you are sick
- Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
- Limit movement in the community
- Limit visitors
- Know what additional measures those at high-risk and who are vulnerable should take. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html)
- Implement personal protective measures (e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, clean frequently touched surfaces daily).( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html)
- Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html)
- Consider 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials. Know how to get food delivered if possible.
- Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g., family, friends, co-workers).
- Establish plans to telework, what to do about childcare needs, how to adapt to cancellation of events.
- Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members. (https://www.socialcircleschools.com/News/20928#sthash.9QwoxPdr.dpbs)
CDC – What you should know - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
Georgia DPH - https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus