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Date: March 26
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Update for Local Citizens

Hello Ball Ground:

Numbers change by the hour, so likely by the time you read this, these numbers will already be outdated. Regardless:
Currently 600 cases in Georgia with 23 deaths. 17 of the cases are right here in Cherokee County. Next door in Pickens County a young lady, well under the age of 30 is in ICU and is in a battle for life. 11 cases are connected to one SINGLE GATHERING in the City of Carrolton.

This is no longer a virus that is just impacting we older adults, but now a full 40% of those hospitalized with the virus are between age 20 and 54.

It is time we begin listening in regards to social distancing. It is imperative that we maintain our distances. It is really the last resort in fighting this disease. We are strongly encouraging our residents to take advantage of our wonderful take out service from Ball Ground restaurants. Mayor Roberts has issued an Executive Order allowing licenses restaurants to sell beer/wine to go (sealed), to make your to-go meals more convenient.

Initially, we had simply closed the City indoor facilities where people gather in large numbers. That was expanded to playground equipment because of the duration that plastic surfaces can hold the virus. However, we were then forced to close the outdoor basketball courts because we had crowds of 25-30 people from as far away as New York, gathering in large groups to play a close-contact sport. Senseless.

One of the large problems in slowing the spread is that we have so many carriers that are asymptomatic – they never even know they are sick. In the mean time they are spreading the virus unknowingly, and potentially even fatally to persons that just don’t handle the virus as well, or already have a compromised system.

As we move forward, please, take this seriously. Trips to the grocery store, convenience store, etc., are all essential. But in doing so simply keep your distance. If you are doing the elbow bump you are too close. When in line at the checkout … take a few steps back. And wash, wash wash your hands.

Changes at the City:
In addition to social distancing we are now practicing total separation. We have teams that are working from home and teams that work from the City. We are still able to handle everyone’s needs, we are just doing so by telephone, email or conference call and have eliminated face to face meetings.

Business Recommendations:
Support our local businesses. Just please do so thru take out services, on line services, curb side services etc. For our businesses, if necessary, please check out the website for the small business administration – some assistance is available there for Georgia businesses.

Mayor Roberts is urging our restaurant owners, that while dine-in is still allowed, please separate your dine-in guests as much as possible and to minimize the number of customers allowed to be seated.. Even outside dining should insure table separation or the improved social distancing and safety of customers.

Finally:
Remember that if you or a loved one are exhibiting symptoms please contact your health care provider or emergency room BEFORE you just show up.
Together we can get through this but social distancing is a MUST.

Stay safe.
Eric

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COVID-19 Resources

From the City Manager

First we would like to thank all of our residents for the outstanding cooperation we are seeing at all levels.

Mayor Roberts participated in a conference call yesterday with Governor Kemp. Most of you have probably heard this information on the local news – but for those that haven’t we are passing on the information

First and foremost. If you are ill, and believe you COULD have the coronavirus it is very important that you call you medical provider before you show up at the office. Same with the ER. Call the hospital first and get specific instructions as the medical facility will want to bring you in separate from other patients.

Secondly, we just simply weren’t prepared for the amount of testing that needs to be done and the Feds are reportedly working to get more test kits and improve the distribution methods. In the meantime, some tests have become available thru the private sector. Two issues here. Many of the private testing sites are simply scams – not real tests at all. The second issue is that although some are valid they are doing some price gouging. However; it is certainly a personal choice but the Governors office is recommending that if you want to pay the prices for a private test please contact the health department and find out if the site is legitimate first.

The COVID hotline number for the state is 1-844-442-2681.
Be prepared for a significant wait when calling, but you can get more information from this number and guidance if you believe you need to be tested.

The State is working with FEMA with the goal of establishing a testing center in all 18 “health districts” in the State. Tentatively they have selected Woodstock as a possible test site. They anticipate these sites will be up in 7-10 days.

Social distancing is the best practice for the time being to slow the spread of this virus, however; the Governor stopped short of enacting an order to shut down bars and restaurants, instead asking these businesses to self regulate and keep their crowd sizes in check. While we must practice social distancing Mayor Roberts strongly agrees with Governor Kemp in the need to support our local businesses. Our business owners are coming up with creative ways to continue operations. For some this is offering curbside service, home deliver, take out services etc., Give your favorite Ball Ground business (or two) a call and see if there is something in place that meets your needs, whether it is a new delivery service, or simply the ability to remain in your car and have something brought out to you.

Additionally the Governor announced a blood shortage. He said the Red Cross has instituted safe measures for blood donation and is encouraging residents to reach out to the Red Cross and give blood when possible and practical.

The State of Georgia is now approved thru the Small Business Administration so that our small businesses can get some financial assistance as we pass thru these. The website they have referred small businesses to is www.sba.gov/disaster

Another major area of impact. Rumors. We seem to experience of lot of this especially in this era of social media. Mayor Roberts urges all of our residents to fact check, gather information from reliable news sources, the CDC and the GEMA and FEMA websites.

In the mean-time … stay safe and look after one another.

Eric Wilmarth
City Manager

Sanitation Pickup Notice

Notice to City of Ball Ground Sanitation customers concerning bulk item pickup! Note: This does not effect pickups scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2020.

COVID-19 Staying Safe on Route

Over the past few days, we have all seen the impact within our communities regarding the potential presence of COVID-19 virus. As this situation continues to evolve, all of us are assessing how to best keep ourselves and those around us healthy and safe.

We remain committed to keeping our employees safe while continuing to service you without interruption. In the best interest of the health and well-being of our employees, we are asking the City of Ball Ground to suspend household bulk item service at this time. These household items may pose the biggest risk to our employees because the virus can survive on hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours or more.

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