ATLANTA — Officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are reminding citizens that all DNR-managed properties are open and welcoming visitors during normal operating hours. These properties include state parks, lodges, historic sites, WMAs, PFAs, archery ranges, shooting ranges, education centers, golf courses, and battlefields, along with those not directly mentioned here that are under the management of DNR. In addition, all DNR administrative offices throughout the state are open and operating during normal business hours.
The only DNR property currently affected by the Coronavirus response is a small, wooded, and very isolated section within Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, which was recently selected as a temporary location to house Coronavirus patients for monitoring. Less than one acre of the park’s 5,800 total acreage is being used, and security is in place to ensure there is no public access. At the request of the Department of Public Safety; Lake Rutledge Road, CCC Camp Loop Road, and the park’s boat ramp will be closed until further notice. The beach area remains closed for the winter season.
For the latest updates related to any Coronavirus impact on DNR operations and locations, visit https://gadnr.org/recent-press-release-dnr.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Community,
In light of the current health issues and concerns resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19), Georgia Northwestern Technical College has made the decision to suspend all instructional classes (credit courses, adult education, and continuing education), and activities on all campuses effective 4:15 p.m., Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Additional plans for instructional, academic, and operational activities beyond this period will be developed and communicated by March 20. It is imperative that students diligently check their student email and all previously stated forms of communication (student email, GNTC website, Blackboard, emergency notification alerts, text, and social media) to ensure they are aware of the academic plan for their particular program.
All college personnel should report as usual on Monday, March 16, for individual departmental operational plans to be determined. For this period, the college will close all operations at all campuses at 4:15 p.m. Monday-Friday.
While a variety of factors influenced this decision, be assured that the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern. Georgia Northwestern Technical College will remain in consultation with the Georgia Department of Public Health and other state and local authorities as we evaluate this evolving situation.
We ask that the entire GNTC community continue to follow the COVID-19 guidelines as shared by DPH and the CDC. This remains a rapidly evolving situation and we know that members of our community will have questions that this email does not yet answer. Students and employees should continue to monitor email and the Georgia Northwestern Technical College website, www.gntc.edu, for updated information and resources.
Heidi K. Popham, Ed.D.
As a precautionary measure, and for the safety of our patients, their loved ones and our team members, we will be postponing the following events:
• Maternity Fair
• Dinner, Doctors and Discussions with Dr. Stephen King
• Dinner, Doctors and Discussions with Dr. Adam Land
• Dinner with the Doctor with Dr. David Brannon
• AdventHealth Medical Group General Surgery at Calhoun Open House
New dates for these events will be released as soon as possible. Regularly scheduled support groups will still be held as scheduled.
“We are taking an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of our patients, their loved ones, our team members and our community,” said Brendan Nieto, administrator of AdventHealth Murray. “We’d like to thank you all for your understanding and patience during this time.”
AdventHealth Gordon asks that patients who are scheduled for an upcoming procedure keep their appointments as scheduled unless you have the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Per protocol, visitor access has been restricted and standard coronavirus (COVID-19) screening measures have been implemented. Until further notice, each patient may be accompanied by one visitor. Patients 16 and younger may be accompanied by two visitors. The Inpatient Entrance is closed, and all visitors will be required to enter through the Emergency Department Entrance for screening.
To minimize your risk of contracting COVID-19 and to help protect others, wash your hands thoroughly and often, and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. If you are sick, we recommend that you stay home and minimize the risk of infecting those around you.
For more COVID-19 information, please visit www.coronavirussignsandsymptoms.com.
Washington, D.C. – Effective March 13, 2020, the offices of Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) will be under a modified operating status due to the public health emergency. The Washington, D.C., congressional staff will be teleworking during normal business hours until further notice. The Dalton and Rome offices will be closed to the public.
The offices will continue working as normal on behalf of 14th District constituents during this time. The contact information for each office is listed below.
Today it was announced that all White House and U.S. Capitol tours have been suspended effective March 13th. The Capitol will remain closed to the public until April 1st, and the White House has not yet issued guidance on when public tours will resume. If constituents are interested in rebooking tours once the buildings reopen to the public, the office will resubmit all requests.
The Library of Congress and U.S. Supreme Court are both closed to the public until further notice. For an update on other tours in the Washington, D.C., area that might be affected by these closures, please check the following sites.
- Smithsonian Museums: https://twitter.com/smithsonian
- The Kennedy Center: https://www.kennedy-center.org/visit/Tour/
- The National Park Service: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/alerts.htm
For information and updates about the coronavirus, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/.
For state-specific updates, please visit https://dph.georgia.gov/.
ATLANTA – Today Governor Kemp and Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) commissioner, announced a daily status report page for confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia. This will replace nightly news releases from the Governor’s Office and DPH. The report updates every night at midnight to ensure accurate and regular information is provided to the public. The new tool can be found on the DPH website.
For accurate and reliable information about COVID-19 log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.