Governor Kemp - Public Health State of Emergency
extended to August 11, 2020
Governor's Executive Order
- Residents who are 65 years of age or older are no longer required to shelter in place unless they:
- reside in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- have chronic lung disease, severe asthma, heart disease or immunocompromised
- Persons of any age with class III or severe obesity and those diagnosed with diabetes, liver disease, and persons with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis should also continue to shelter in place
- Effective June 16:
- Gatherings of more than fifty are banned unless there is at least six feet between each person
- There is no longer a party maximum for the number of people who can sit together ina restaurant or dining room
- In a bar, you can now have 50 people or 35% of total listed fire capacity
- Salad bars and buffets are able to return under specified conditions
- Indoor movie theaters and cinemas no longer have a limit on the number of people who may site together in a party.
- Walk-ins are now allowed at body art studios, barber shops, and hair salons
- Effective July 1:
- A "Convention" may occur if it meets 21-specific requirements in addition to the requirements for non-critical infrastructure entities. "Convention" means an organized event of more than 100 persons that are required to register or obtain a license to gather for a common purpose at a single indoor facility. Included are exhibitions, trade shows, conferences and business retreats.
- A live performance venue may reopen if it complies with specific criteria based on if it is a Tier I, II or III. (check the order for details(
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is increasing the number of specimen collection sites statewide for COVID-19 testing, and is revising the current testing criteria to
accommodate more testing of Georgia residents. Click for information on Free Testing Locations
Impacted City Services and Events
To support mitigation efforts for disease control related to the current COVD-19 pandemic, all City of Sandy Springs facilities were closed to the public. While the buildings are closed, city staff will continue operations remotely to provide continued service to the community. Learn more about impacted services and events, and how to continue doing business with the City.
June 1, 2020 - City Hall Revenue & Permitting services will reopen to the public by appointment only. June 15 - In-person meetings permitted to resume at City Hall, including City Council and board meetings.
No Special Event permits will be issued prior to July 2020.
Impacted State & County Services
GA Department of Driver Services: All customers can use online services during the pandemic. DDS is also proactively granting a 120 - extension to license and ID Card holders who are over the age of 60.
Fulton County Tax Commissioner's Office: While the offices are closed during the pandemic, the Tax Commissioner has directed customers to use the Self Service Kiosks at local Kroger stores or to visit their website.
June 1 - Employees begin returning to the workplace (in phases)
June 15 - Facilities re-opening to the public include: Fulton Co Gov't Center (Pryor St); North Fulton Service Center (Roswell Rd); Customer Service Center (Maxwell Rd)
The City's Economic Development Office has provided business resources for local businesses.
Residents who want to report incidents of price gouging should contact GA Dept. of Law - Consumer Protection Division.
Seniors in North Fulton (60+) who need assistance, including payment for food, rent/mortgage, utilities, medication and other expenses, should contact Senior Services North Fulton to see if you qualify for the Fulton County COVID-19 Emergency Relief funding - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770.993.1906
Stay up-to-date with new and updated guidance and resources from the CDC.
Links to resources to help you stay active at home, creative and learning ideas, and instances of neighbor helping neighbor.
Resources for low-income families area agencies and non-profit organizations are here to help.
Support Your Local Restaurants
As part of the current state of emergency, dine-in services in our local restaurants is temporarily suspended. Many are offering take-out and delivery options, so you can take home and still enjoy your favorite eatery! Visit spr.gs/takehome for a list of Sandy Springs restaurants offering options for dining at home.
Public Health Information Resources
COVID-19 HOTLINE - 844.442.2681
The Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line provides 24/7 free and confidential assistance to callers needing emotional support or resources information as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emotional Support Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals and others who have received training in crisis counseling. Call 866.399.8938
Apple Inc., in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the CDC, released an app and website that guides Americans through a series of questions about their health and exposure to determine if they should seek care for COVID-19 symptoms. You can download the app in the Apple store or at www.apple.com/covid19
COVID-19, also commonly called Coronavirus, is a severe acute respiratory virus. According to the World Health Organization, viruses are named based on their genetic structure to facilitate the development of diagnostic tests, vaccines and medicines. Learn more on the Georgia Department's of Public Health's website.
What Can You Do To Help Stay Healthy - Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides recommendations focused on slowing the transmission of COVID-19.
Smart911, a part of Sandy Springs Alerts, provides 9-1-1 call takers and first responders critical information you want them to know in any kind of emergency. It is part of a national service, meaning your profile travels with you and is visible to any participating 9-1-1 Center.
Smart911 now includes options to provide first responders with information should you have flu-like symptoms, have self-quarantined, or were directed to isolate due to illness. If you have not yet signed up, sign up today. If you have an account, you can update your information at any time.
- Recommendations Regarding the Use of Face Masks
- Provisional Death Counts for COVID-19
- Frequently Asked Questions
- What to Do If You Are Sick
- Caring for Someone at Home
How COVID-19 Spreads
The virus thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
- Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Georgia Power suspends utility shut offs for 30 days
- Atlanta Gas Light offers resources
- Comcast offers free internet for low-income households, enables free Xfinity wifi hot spots around the county and has no disconnections or late fees for 60 days.
- AT&T is not terminating any wireless, home phone or broadband service, is waiving late payment fees,removing data caps and is keeping wifi hotspots open for free. Full details available here.
- Charter Spectrum – no disconnects or late fees https://www.spectrum.com/
- Cobb EMC https://cobbemc.com/
- Sawnee EMC https://www.sawnee.com/
Community Preparedness (non-pharmaceutical interventions)
- Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.
- Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
- Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
- Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
Additional everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
GUIDANCE FOR SPECIFIC GROUPS
You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
Follow these five steps every time.
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
CDC Recommendations for COVID-19 Outbreaks in a Community
- Personal Protective Measures. During an outbreak in your community, CDC recommends the everyday preventive measures listed above—especially staying home when sick—and taking these additional measures:
- Keeping away from others who are sick.
- Limiting face-to-face contact with others as much as possible
- Consulting with your healthcare provider if you or your household members are at high risk for COVID-19 complications
- Wearing a face mask if advised to do so by your healthcare provider or by a public health official
- Staying home when a household member is sick with respiratory disease symptoms, if instructed to do so by public health officials or a health care provider (Voluntary Home Quarantine)
- Community Measures. If COVID-19 disease is occurring in your community, state and local public health authorities may decide to implement:
- Temporary closures or dismissals of childcare facilities and schools
- Other social distancing measures that increase the physical space between people, including:
- Workplace social distancing measures, such as replacing in-person meetings with teleworking
- Modifying, postponing, or cancelling mass gatherings.
Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness. Implementation will require extensive community engagement and ongoing and transparent public health communications.