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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Letter from County Manager regarding COVID-19

Couny Manager, Lloyd Kerr

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All residents and visitors of Newton County,

As the County Manager, I assure you Newton County is taking COVID-19, or Coronavirus, very seriously. Newton County has a pandemic plan for situations such as this. We are also working closely with the Department of Public Health, which is the lead agency for diseases and health matters, to enact community mitigation strategies. All this is being done in an effort to slow transmission of COVID-19.

Myself and other Newton County officials participated in a conference call with the Department of Public Health, area medical facilities and local officials recently to gather information and communicate with our partner organizations. We continue to have frequent communication with these entities.

Newton County will continue to follow the direction of the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in acting to control the spread of this virus as best we can.

The biggest thing to note is that all of us – local government, individuals, businesses, communities, healthcare organizations, etc. – are part of the mitigation strategies.

Although there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Newton County, we are currently in a minimal to moderate level of community transmission, as outlined by the CDC’s mitigation plan. We are constantly monitoring the situation and following their guidelines, including recommending large gatherings – which is defined by the CDC as 250 people or more – be postponed.

Due to the fact that seniors and those with underlying health conditions are at an increased risk, we have cancelled field trips for our Senior Services Center, closed our open gym and cardio fitness studio located near the Senior Center and postponed the Miracle League and other youth league seasons.

We are encouraging all our employees to stay home if they become sick with flu-like symptoms or cough. We will continue to provide services to the public.

On an individual level, it is important to continue to monitor local information, check local news media and visit our website and social media frequently for any updates.

Also, we all must practice proper personal hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been to a public place. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

If everyone does their part, we can contain the spread of this virus and continue to keep our community safe. Please know that your local government will do its part to protect the citizens of Newton County.

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