On Saturday March 14, 2020, Governor Kemp declared a state of emergency in Georgia because of the Corona virus. The Corona virus has upended everybody’s routines but we all play a role in preventing the spread of this disease. We all may feel out of control, but here is a list of what you can do:
- Stay home if you are sick, except to receive medical attention.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (20 seconds is equal to singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice).
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Avoid large gatherings per CDC Guidelines.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider for medical advice. At this time, only a physician can order a screening test for COVID-19, but this protocol may change.
Here are links to other sources of information
- Contact information for the Gwinnett County Board of Health
- Contact information for Gwinnett County as they are listing closings and other assistance sites
- Contact information for the Gwinnett County Board of Education as they are listing information regarding food availability for students who were receiving lunch assistance
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website provides guidance on health matters as well as information helpful to nursing homes and small businesses.
- Georgia specific information can be found on the Georgia Department of Public Health’s website.
- Governor Kemp’s executive orders are online.
- Updates on federal assistance: The National Conference of State Legislatures is publishing information on federal and state legislative responses to COVID-19. This includes information on $1.05 billion that the federal government has appropriated to assist states in their efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Small Business Administration has announced it will provide loans to small businesses effected by COVID 19.