Message from Mayor Rusty Paul
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
You can read his full statement -Statement from Mayor Paul City of Sandy Springs 3.24.20
What is an Essential Business?
"We have confidence in our business partners that they will only do those activities that are essential for the survivability of their business.
We hope that businesses will make wise decisions in what is needed for their survivability. If additional measures are needed, the Council is prepared to take action." - Mayor Rusty Paul
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 are closed to the public until further notice. 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.
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.
The City's Economic Development Office has provided business resources for local businesses.
Links to resources to help you stay active at home, creative and learning ideas, and instances of neighbor helping neighbor.
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
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.
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
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.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
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.