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Growing evidence suggests COVID-19 can spread before people show symptoms (pre-symptomatic) and from people who have coronavirus but never show symptoms (asymptomatic).

The CDC 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.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2 or others unable to remove the mask without assistance.

A CLOTH FACE COVERING SHOULD:

1) Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

2) Be secured with ties or ear loops

3) Include multiple layers of fabric

4) Allow for breathing without restriction

5) Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Q&As:

Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly? Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.

How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering? A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering? Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.CDC thumbnail_Facecovering

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Check out these events #viturally in #DecaturGA:

-Core Dance encourages everyone to participate in the 4th Annual National Water Dance on Saturday, April 18 live on their Facebook at 4 p.m. Join the Core Dance community today, April 16 for virtual rehearsal at 4 p.m. Visit coredance.org to register!

-In trying to support the community, Oakhurst Neighborhood Association (ONA) has teamed up with Porchfest and Oakhurst Jazz Nights to stream live concerts every Thursday in April. All concerts are streaming on Facebook, head to the Oakhurst Jazz Nights page tonight, April 16 at 7 p.m. for a performance by Gwen Hughes.

-Join Decatur First UMC and the United Methodist Women for their online series of People on the Margins: Life in Fenceline Communities every Thursday in April at 7p.m. via Zoom. This Thursday, April 16 will feature Lindsay Harper from Georgia WAND on fenceline grassroots advocacy. Visit www.decaturfirst.org for more information.

Cover Photo by Simon Gentry for Core Dance

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Now is a good time to register and/or update your profile. Decatur implemented the national safety database Smart911 to improve 911 services for residents and business owners. Smart911 allows residents to create a safety profile of vital personal and household data, including household members, photos, medications or medical conditions and even pets, which will be displayed to 911 call takers immediately when a resident places an emergency call.

Currently, Smart911 Profile and Alert registrants will be asked two additional questions regarding their quarantine and health status. This information will be presented to 9-1-1 call-takers with an inbound call and public health/emergency management officials will be able to actively query and notify individuals in their community who are at risk or under quarantine.

Smart911 is a free service available to all residents and business owners and is private and secure. Safety profiles can be created through the Smart911 website.

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On Thursday, March 19, City of Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett issued a Public Health Emergency Order that prohibits on-premises dining at restaurants; allows take-out and delivery services between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily; and allows restaurants with a current alcoholic beverage license to sell beverages for off-premises consumption in sealed containers; and prohibits gatherings of more than 50 persons.

Several City of Decatur restaurants have already voluntarily transitioned to a take-out and/or delivery model, closing their in-person dining facilities in order to reduce community transmission of the COVID-19 virus in response to CDC guidelines.

At the March 16, 2020 meeting, the City Commission passed a Resolution declaring a Public Health State of Emergency in the City of Decatur which grants the Mayor certain powers to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City. In introducing the Resolution Mayor Patti Garrett noted that while there has been a State of Emergency declared at both the state and the national level, an emergency declaration by the City ensures that the city is able to work at the local level in a very quick and expedient manner if necessary.

Residents are encouraged to continue to support our local businesses, including taking advantage of pick-up and delivery services.

Visit the City’s website to view the Order.

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Get an up-close-and-personal look at the city’s budgeting process at the free Touch-A-Budget event on Tuesday, March 17 from 5-7 p.m. at MARTA Plaza. See what “pending spending” is planned for the FY 2020-2021 city budget and how it supports the 2010 Strategic Plan principles developed by Decatur residents. Talk to representatives from all city departments and play budget games for prizes. For information, check decaturga.com/budget. (Rain location: Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.)

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