Coronavirus Update - 3/21/20

We just finished a call with several local healthcare providers, including both hospitals' CEOs and chief medical officers, and based on this call, wanted to provide a brief update on where we are in the area.
The most significant update is a new testing option set up by the Department of Public Health. This option is focused on patients with moderate symptoms. In order to set up an appointment for testing, please call 706-340-0996. Piedmont continues to have its drive thru testing site as well, and patients can call 866-460-1119 to be screened and set up an appointment. For St. Mary's, please call 706-389-3000. These options are by appointment only - no drop ins accepted.

Overall, the numbers in the area are being managed. To date, from the last DPH published positive cases at noon, we remain at 10 in Clarke, 1 in Oconee & 1 in Barrow. Results are taking several days to return and testing remains limited, so again, we anticipate larger numbers in the community and will continue to see an uptick as more testing occurs and results are returned. Those who test positive or believe they have symptoms must follow the CDC's self quarantine guidelines even if symptoms are minimal.
Both hospitals are also implementing a limited visitor policy and are screening all entrants. Again, if you show any symptoms, please call - do not just show up. Many elective surgeries and procedures are being pushed back, as well.

One of the most important things we can do as a community is support our healthcare workers - please keep those on the front lines in your thoughts and prayers. We are fortunate to have great healthcare workers throughout this area. This is a taxing time for them, and our community's continued support will help us defeat this virus.

As we continue to move through the fight against COVID-19, all of us stand ready to assist. Please reach out anytime, and we will certainly continue to keep you updated.

Mayor Kelly Girtz
Mayor Dodd Ferrelle
Chairman John Daniell
Senator Bill Cowsert
Senator Frank Ginn
Representative Spencer Frye
Representative Houston Gaines
Representative Marcus Wiedower 

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