Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information & Resources

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CDC Recommends Cloth Face Coverings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

For full details and how-to instructions, visit the CDC "Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19" webpage.

Athens-Clarke County Continuing Closed Workstations & Providing Telecommuting During April 6-10

April 5 - 4:00 p.m.

All Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov) departments and offices will continue to operate under a modified closed workstations model the week of April 6-10 to continue to minimize interactions between employees and the public and slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in the community.

Most non-emergency ACCGov staff will not report to their office locations and most ACCGov buildings will generally be closed to the public. Some buildings such as the Courthouse will allow entry for certain essential judicial functions, while some departments will schedule appointments for essential activities while maintaining social distancing.

Many non-emergency staff will telecommute remotely during the week in order to answer questions and provide services remotely over the phone or online. Other staff will work in shifts on alternating days and maintain social distancing. In most offices, residents will be able to speak with staff directly even though offices are closed.

ACCGov will continue to provide essential services such as public safety, emergency response, certain judicial functions, trash collection, and water and sewer services. Most services and programs are curtailed or suspended temporarily until emergency and public health officials provide guidance as to appropriate times to restore them. 

Transit services will be provided on a limited service weekend schedule from approximately 7:30 a.m. until 9:45 p.m. daily. Lift Demand Response services will operate only for medically essential needs. Transit services will be fare free with a one round trip rule and have several social distancing restrictions in place. Youth riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Residents are encouraged to call departments and offices - a list of phone numbers is available through www.accgov.com/directory - or visit department webpages at www.accgov.com instead of visiting ACCGov offices to see if services or information will be unavailable and which services will be provided online and over the phone. 

Information on ACCGov’s COVID-19 responses and resources will continue to be provided through www.accgov.com/coronavirus, social media, and a subscribeable email and text newsletter available at the website.

Governor’s Executive Order for Statewide Shelter-in-Place & Business Restrictions

The Governor issued an executive order late in the afternoon on April 2 relating to statewide mandatory shelter-in-place requirements and business restrictions. The order is effective from April 3, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. until April 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Athens-Clarke County staff are continuing to assess the order and how it affects residents and businesses in Athens-Clarke County. In the meantime, here are some resources.

Mayor & Commission Regular Session on Tuesday, April 7 

The Mayor and Commission will hold their monthly Regular Session voting meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. The agenda and online comment form are available online at www.accgov.com/agendas.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the April 7 Mayor and Commission meeting will be remote.

Online comments regarding items listed on this agenda will be received until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. There is a different set of state rules governing the zoning related item (#15). City Hall will be arranged for on-camera, one-at-a-time input with spaces in the hall designated to ensure distancing only for public comment on Zoning Agenda Item #15.

The meeting will be streamed and broadcast live. Interested members of the public can watch live online via YouTube at www.youtube.com/accgov or the YouTube app, via www.accgov.com/videos, via Facebook at www.facebook.com/accgov, or on ACTV Cable Channel 180 or at www.accgov.com/actvlive.

Business Resources & Business Impact Survey

The Economic Development Department has developed a page of business resources and links to other business resources and will continue to update this page regularly.

Business Impact Survey

To best assist businesses in Athens-Clarke County during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACC Economic Development Department is conducting a survey for business leaders to report ongoing effects of the pandemic on their workforce and business operations.

This survey takes approximately 7 minutes to complete and will help inform local leaders on issues you are facing during this pandemic. All responses will remain anonymous and will be reported in aggregate. The survey is available at www.accgov.com/cvbusinesssurvey.

Reporting Gatherings/Businesses Not Following Ordinance Guidelines

There are two ways to report concerns about gatherings and businesses related to the declaration of a local emergency ordinance and the shelter-in-place and business requirements through the anonymous tip line.

Please include a short description of what the business is doing to violate the ordinance, and an address if you have it. 

By Text:

  • Text the following (without quotes, but with the spaces) "Tip COVIDACC [message, business name and other details]" to 888777.
  • You will receive a reply with a password to login and provide additional information or images if necessary.
  • See image for a test example.

By Web/Online:

Use the button linked below.

Coronavirus Tip Line

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72 Positive Cases Confirmed in Athens-Clarke County, Including 8 Deaths

April 6 - 6:59 p.m.

The state Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) case tracker (https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report) confirms 72 positive cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including eight deaths, in Athens-Clarke County as of 6:28 p.m. on April 6.

The eight people who have died were ages 60-98. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 and should always consult their healthcare provider if they are sick. Long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and congregate living settings for older people must strictly follow COVID-19 prevention measures to stop rapid spread of the virus.

The Northeast Health District Epidemiology team works to identify and notify any close contacts who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

In response to an increased need for COVID-19 testing, the Northeast Health District is currently conducting testing by referral. If you believe you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your primary care provider or dial 706-340-0996 between 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to contact a local DPH nurse.

Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

The best prevention measures for any respiratory virus are:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

For updated information on COVID-19, visit dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

ACCGov Updates

  • April 3 - Solid Waste (italics)
  • March 31 - Updated for Leisure Services (italics)
  • March 29 - Updated for week of March 30 - April 3

All departments

  • Closed workstations through Fri., April 3. Non-emergency staff will not report to work during this time, although many will telecommute during the closures. Please call offices and departments for further information, as many phone lines will be staffed remotely. ACCGov will continue to provide essential emergency services such as public safety, emergency response, certain judicial functions, trash collection, and water and sewer services. Most ACCGov services, programs, and offices will be closed during this time.
  • Staff has increased cleaning and sanitizing of all ACCGov facilities, interior spaces at parks, Transit buses, and other vehicles.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed at government facilities and on Transit buses as supplies allow.
  • Engaged in ongoing Continuity of Operations planning to ensure provision of vital services to the community.

Board of Elections

  • The evening of Saturday, March 14, 2020, the Secretary of State’s Office made an announcement addressing a State of Emergency related to COVID-19. The March 24, 2020 (PPP) Presidential Preference Primary Election is postponed and moved to the May 19, 2020 General Primary. The PPP Election will take place with the General Primary. More details to follow. Please contact the Board of Elections Office, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 706-613-3150. [Release from GA Secretary of State Office].

Central Services

  • Central Services will not approve special events permits for use of public property during the remainder of March. The department will continue to accept and review new special events permit requests for the coming months, but will not accept fees or issue final approvals until officials determine it is prudent to do so.

Corrections

  • Corrections has temporarily suspended non-essential programs and visitations to all of its buildings until dates ranging from April 1-10 and will re-evaluate plans at those times.

Courts & Courthouse

  • On Saturday, March 14, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton of the Georgia Supreme Court declared a statewide judicial emergency for the next 30 days. The courts in Athens-Clarke County and the Western Judicial Circuit will scale back court-related operations through April 13. Effective Monday, March 16:
  • Clerk of Court for State & Superior Courts
    • Offices are closed to the general public. The public can call 706-613-3190 from outside the door and staff will help them with their judicial emergency.  
    • Access to the deed room is available in one-hour intervals. A sign up sheet is posted on the deed room door. One person will be permitted per interval, and staff will wipe down the public terminal in between each interval.
    • Real estate deeds, liens or plats may be filed online through https://efile.gsccca.org.
    • Real estate records back to 1988 may be viewed and printed at www.gsccca.org.
    • Civil cases can be e-filed through PeachCourt at https://PeachCourt.com.
    • Civil and criminal dockets are available for viewing and printing at www.athensclarkeclerkofcourt.com
    • To contact the clerk of Court for State & Superior Court, call 706-613-3190.
  • Juvenile Court
    • Some dependency hearings are cancelled, but not trials with specific time limits. Contact the court with questions about specific cases.  
    • Children will not be transported unless specifically ordered.
    • No children will be admitted to a Regional Youth Detention Center without judicial approval.
    • Delinquency matters may be continued with consent of all parties.
    • Appearances for dependency adjudications and dispositions will be waived if consented to by all parties.
    • Foster parents, Court Appointed Special Advocates and Guardians Ad Litem may file written reports and be excused from attendance.
    • To contact the Juvenile Court, call 706-613-3300. To contact the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), call 706-369-5610. To contact Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS), call 706-227-7021.
  • Magistrate Court
    • Hearings involving incarcerated individuals at the Athens-Clarke County Jail will be held as scheduled or rescheduled within a short time.
    • All other criminal hearing and all civil hearing will be rescheduled to a hearing date on or after April 26, 2020. New hearing notices will go out in the mail this week for these pending cases.
    • Judges will continue to issue search warrants, arrest warrants, and hold hearings for release of inmates on bail as soon as possible.
    • Weddings that have already been scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays may have some guest limitations. Please contact Magistrate Court.
    • To contact the Magistrate Court, call the Clerk at 706-613-3310 ext. 5.
  • Municipal Court
    • Arraignments (Criminal, Traffic and Ordinance) from March 16 - April 13 will be cancelled.
    • Suspended sentence calendars set for 2:00 p.m. on March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6 and April 13 are cancelled.
    • The Traffic Violators Impact Program set for March 17 is cancelled.
    • Red light camera and school bus camera cases set for March 18 are cancelled.
    • The Animal Welfare Class set for March 19 is cancelled.
    • The Bike & Bus Class set for March 20 is cancelled.
    • Ordinance and parking trials set for March 24 are cancelled.
    • All weddings scheduled in Municipal Court on March 19 and April 2 are cancelled
    • Individuals who have a court date during the affected time period should contact Municipal Court to reschedule.
    • To contact the Municipal Court, please visit www.accgov.com/municipalcourt to reschedule through the online form or send an email to municipalcourt@accgov.com. Your email should include your full name, your complete mailing address, and a telephone number for receipt of text messages. You should receive an email response within a week or 10 days with information about your new court date. You may also call Municipal Court at 706-613-3690, but email communication is preferred.
  • Probate Court
    • New or renewal Weapons Carry License applications will not be processed during the judicial emergency. If your license expires during the emergency period, it will remain valid during the judicial emergency, which expires April 13, 2020 under the Chief Justice’s current order. If the judicial emergency order is extended, we will post the new date the emergency period ends. Licensees will have 30 days after the date the judicial emergency ends to apply for a renewal license.
    • All hearings and trials except those involving liberty or safety concerns will be postponed for at least the next 30 days.
    • Mental health commitment hearings will continue as needed.If you are calling about a mental health crisis, contact the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800- 715-4225.
    • To contact the Probate Court, call 706-613-3320. For questions regarding filing emergency pleadings please dial extension 6325. If you have a pressing need to apply for a marriage license, dial extension 6321.
  • State Court
    • Juries and jury trials are cancelled. 
    • All matters not involving incarcerated individuals will be rescheduled or continued.
    • Release hearings for incarcerated individuals will be expedited.
    • Parties may request that non-essential matters be conducted via video or teleconferencing.
    • Criminal court search warrants, arrest warrants, initial appearances, and bond reviews will continue as needed.
    • To contact the State Court, call 706-613-3200.
  • Superior Court
    • Juries and jury trials are cancelled. 
    • Grand Jury is cancelled.
    • All matters not involving incarcerated individuals will be rescheduled or continued.
    • Release hearings for incarcerated individuals will be expedited.
    • Parties may request that non-essential matters be conducted via video or teleconferencing.
    • Criminal court search warrants, arrest warrants, initial appearances, and bond reviews will continue as needed.
    • Domestic abuse temporary protective orders and restraining orders will continue as needed.
    • To contact the Superior Court, call 706-613-3190.
  • Weddings
    • For parties seeking to get married at the Courthouse by a judge, the parties must contact the appropriate court. The number of attendees may be limited or the location moved to accommodate appropriate distance.

Finance

  • The Finance Department is closed to walk-in customers. There is a drop box located on the back of the building, to the left of the back door, for any residents who need to leave any paperwork.
  • To contact the Finance Department, call 706-613-3040.
  • The deadline for Business Occupation Tax Certificates has been extended from April 1 until June 1.

Fire & Emergency Services

  • Fire and Emergency Services first responders are using personal protective equipment on emergency responses to minimize exposure and limiting non-emergency exposure to the public by cancelling birthday parties and meetings in fire station community rooms.

Housing & Community Development

  • Housing & Community Development is closed to the general public at this time.
  • Staff is available by phone at 706-613-3155 or by email at hcd@accgov.com.
  • The department continues to receive agency reports digitally.

Leisure Services

  • The Firefly and Greenway trails are open for public use as of March 31. All other facilities, parks, and trails are closed until further notice.
  • All outdoor basketball, tennis, and pickleball courts will also be locked.
  • Leisure Services-sponsored events, programs, and classes are cancelled through April 24. 
  • Bear Hollow Zoo is closed.

Mayor & Commission

Police

  • Central Communications Center will continue to receive and triage all calls for service.
  • In cases involving life safety or where other methods of reporting are either unavailable or not feasible, officers will continue to respond in-person. 
  • Where appropriate, residents will be directed to utilize other forms of reporting as opposed to receiving in-person responses. Whenever possible, residents will be encouraged to utilize our online reporting portal to report an incident. In other instances, the resident will be directed to our Telephone Reporting Unit that will document the incident. 
  • Residents should contact the Police by telephone before coming in to stations for routine police services. As much as possible, routine service requests will be handled online or by telephone.
  • For a copy of a police report, call the Records Division at 706-613-3330, option 3.
  • Open Records Requests can be made via police_orr@accgov.com or an online form at www.accgov.com/openrecords.
  • For online reporting, visit www.accgov.com/accpdsubmitreport
  • For non-emergency calls for service, Central Communications Center can be reached at 706-613-3330, option 2.
  • Since the lobby will be closed, live scan fingerprinting for background checks will also be unavailable. If fingerprints are needed, visit https://www.aps.gemalto.com/ga/index.htm for locations that provide this service in the community. 

Public Utilities

  • In order to provide access to clean water for sanitation and hand-washing, Public Utilities will not terminate water service for customers with past due bills for the next 60 days. Residents who have been disconnected for non-payment will have service restored today.

Sheriff’s Office (Jail)

  • Video visitation will be suspended until further notice. The suspension includes contact visitation with inmate workers. 
  • The Jail lobby will be closed 24/7 until further notice and only open to essential personnel. Essential personnel includes employees, medical providers, attorneys, police officers, probation officers, officers from other agencies, professional deliveries, U.S. Mail personnel, and bail bondsmen. One exception is for members of the public who are placing funds on inmate accounts. This does not include personal property deliveries for inmates. 
  • Phone access to inmates will continue and permitted. Inmate phone time will not be interrupted unless affected by routine lockdown or a facility lockdown.

Solid Waste

  • Until further notice, all landfill customers must make an appointment before visiting the ACC Landfill during weekday hours using this online form.
  • ACC Landfill is closed on all Saturdays until further notice.
  • Downtown garbage and recycling collection will use collection dumpsters that have previously been used for large events and during the pilot project last May. The dumpsters will be emptied daily. All downtown residents and business owners should place all trash and recycling into the proper dumpsters (blue for trash and green for recycling). If customers run out of official ACCGov garbage and recycling bags, this requirement has been lifted during this time. Customers may use any garbage bag available until further notice. For recycling, please use clear bags or place materials loose in the dumpsters. The dumpsters will be located in the following locations:
    • In front of Lay-Z-Shopper (on the Clayton St. sidewalk) 
    • In front of Allgood Lounge (in no-parking zone)
    • In front of Urban Outfitters (near cross walk)
    • In front of Clocked (at curb)
    • Between Boars Head & Wonderbar (alley off of Washington St.)
    • Between Horton’s and Georgia Theatre (Lumpkin St. no-parking zone)
    • Potential additional locations to be added to this list, if needed.

Tax Assessor

  • The Tax Assessors Office encourages all property owners to mail personal property forms and other specialized assessment/exempt applications by the April 1 deadline.
  • The Tax Assessor requests that all conservation use applications be mailed to the Tax Assessor, 325 East Washington Street, Room 280, Athens, Georgia, 30601. Those who cannot mail an application can request an appointment to deliver an application in person. To make an appointment, call the Tax Assessor at 706-613-3140. To request a conservation use application:
    • Call the Tax Assessor at 706-613-3140
    • Email tax.assessor@accgov.com 
    • All applications must be notarized and postmarked by April 1, 2020. The Tax Assessor’s office is not able to accept applications electronically at this time.

Transit

  • Transit services will be reduced beginning March 18 to Weekend Day service level of 9 routes, provided with 8 buses. This is the same fixed-route service level provided every Saturday or Sunday. This level of transit service will provide on-street public transit from approximately 7:30 a.m. until 9:45 p.m. daily.
  • Lift Demand Response services will operate on an medically essential need only basis, no other demand response services will be offered.
  • All Transit services will be offered “Fare Free”.
  • A one round trip rule will be instituted to prohibit continual riding of the buses. Riders will be required to either debark at the Multimodal Transportation Center, the end of the line, or somewhere along the route, each hour or trip. Passengers will not be allowed to transfer from one bus to another and ride continuously throughout the day. 
  • All fixed-route services will be operated “Rear door boarding and debarking” only.
  • “Do Not Cross Barriers” will be placed approximately 10 feet behind the drivers compartment to promote social distancing between bus operators and passengers.
  • A “No Unaccompanied Youth/Riders under 18 without a parent or guardian” policy will be instituted.
  • The Multimodal Transportation Center and Transit Maintenance and Operations Facility will be closed to the public, only Transit employees will be allowed inside.
  • ACCTD Maintence and Operations Facility at 325 Pound Street will be closed to the public.
  • All Flixbus and Megabus Bus Service to/from Athens has been canceled until further notice.

Transportation & Public Works

  • Transportation & Public Works Department will be open with limited operations March 30 - April 3. The buildings will not be open to the public; however, staff is available by phone or email from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m..
  • Engineering:  Permit applications can be submitted by emailing engineering@accgov.com. Staff will contact applicants when permits are approved and to make arrangements for payment.  Please contact Erica Thomas for questions at Erica.thomas@accgov.com or 706-613-3440. Inspections will be conducted each day. There may be some delays due to reduced staff levels.
  • Traffic: For lane closures, please contact Mike Dunbar at mike.dunbar@accgov.com or 762-400-7837.
  • Streets & Drainage: To report potholes, drainage issues, or a dead animal in the roadway, call 706-613-3465.
  • Stormwater: No in-person payments will be accepted March 30 - April 3. To make a credit card payment, please use the online service at www.accgov.com/stormwater. To pay by check or money order, please use the drop box locations at the Water Business Office, 124 E Hancock Ave. Please contact billing staff for questions at stormwater@accgov.com.

Area Updates - Updated March 16 - 11:18 p.m.

  • Clarke County School District Update - Governor Kemp Closes All Elementary, Secondary, and Post-Secondary Schools until March 31
  • UGA - Online Learning for the Remainder of the Semester (March 16)
  • Athens Technical College fully closes campus through March 22. Decisions for the week of March 23-29 will be announced by March 20 (March 13)
  • Athens Regional Library closed March 15-29 with re-evaluation on March 27 (March 15)
  • GA Department of Public Health Media Release (March 11, 8:00 p.m.)
  • GA DPH Daily Status Report with a map of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases - Updated daily at noon

DPH Powerpoint Presentation (Full Copy linked on this page)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) are the lead agencies in Georgia’s response to COVID-19. Georgia DPH is closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused COVID-19 first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, and regularly coordinating with the CDC.

ACCGov Emergency Management officials urge residents to follow these agencies for updates and recommendations:

The Northeast Health District of the Department of Public Health is the lead agency in our area’s response to COVID-19. ACCGov’s Emergency Management Office will continue to work closely with the Northeast Health District to ensure our response locally is appropriate for the situation.

Although the Georgia DPH considers the risk low to Georgia’s general population, we encourage residents to use this as an opportunity to review their emergency plans and local businesses to review business continuity plans. More information on preparing for COVID-19 and other events is available at www.ready.gov.

Best Practices for Prevention

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • The flu is still widespread and active throughout the state, so if you have not already gotten a flu shot, it is not too late. While the flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, it will prevent serious complications that require hospitalization and prevent overburdening the health care system in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may resemble the common cold or seasonal flu, which is a far greater risk this time of year.