Posts Tagged ‘covid-19’

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A message from Georgia Department of Health

Effective immediately, testing is available to all Georgians who request it, whether they have symptoms or not. There are more than 65 specimen point of collection sites (SPOC) throughout the state, with an additional 30 mobile SPOCs – locations and hours vary daily.

Individuals wanting to be tested can contact any Georgia public health department to schedule an appointment at a SPOC location convenient to them. Contact information for local health departments can be found on the DPH homepage at https://dph.georgia.gov/.

For more information about COVID-19 visit https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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Every other year for the past 14 years, the City of Decatur has surveyed its residents through the National Research Center (NRC.) Beginning today, the NRC is sending out a postcard notification announcing the 2020 survey to a random sample of Decatur residents. If you don’t receive a postcard in the coming days, you are not one of the 1,700 households randomly chosen this time.

With the COVID-19 pandemic weighing heavily in our lives, it can be hard to focus on anything else. Even amidst this crisis, it is important for city leaders to continue to seek feedback to understand the broader needs of our community. By completing The National Community Survey, we can gather important feedback about topics such as safety, education and enrichment, economy, and natural environment, among other topics. Such feedback is essential in uncertain times such as these, so we can keep resident opinions front and center as we chart our way forward together. And, The National Community Survey allows us to get this feedback virtually even when in-person meetings are canceled.

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis that demands our full attention and resources. Fortunately, we are working with a third party, National Research Center, to conduct the survey. This will allow our City leaders’ valuable time and attention to focus on the most imminent needs at this time.

While The National Community Survey covers more general topics about livability in the City of Decatur, you can also provide feedback on specific COVID-19 community impacts here.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, contact City Clerk Meredith Roark at meredith.roark@decaturga.com.


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Recognizing the need to govern the City while also following the guidance from public health officials for responsible social distancing, at their Monday, March 16 meeting, the Decatur City Commissioners will limit their participation to a quorum of three City Commission members, encourage community members to watch the meeting live online and submit any questions and comments to be considered at the meeting to the City Manager in advance of the meeting.  Mayor Patti Garrett stated, “We are taking the guidance for social distancing seriously and encourage all residents to do the same in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.”
For future City Commission meetings, the City plans to have technology in place to allow community members to participate remotely during the meetings.  The Mayor has been working closely with State officials, the Georgia Municipal Association, DeKalb County, the DeKalb County Health Department, and the Mayors in the DeKalb Municipal Association to ensure a coordinated community effort to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Mayor Garrett will provide more detail about the City’s coordinated response during Monday’s City Commission meeting.

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