PEACH COUNTY COVID-19 TASK FORCE MEETS, ISSUES STATEMENT
UPDATED 3/22/2020 - 4:17 P.M.
Peach County’s Covid-19 Task Force Friday afternoon. Discussions were about our response to the COVID-19 Virus in Peach County. The County and its Cities are working hand in hand seamlessly to make sure we are doing all that we can to keep our citizens safe. The Task Force emphasized the recommendations of the CDC and the DPH and urges all residents to remain calm, follow the recommendations, limit travel and avoid crowds. CLICK HERE TO READ THE STATEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY
PEACH COUNTY STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS COVID-19
UPDATED 3/19/2020 - 4:13 PM
At this time, Peach County has one confirmed case of COVID 19. With the confirmed case, we are taking the following actions to slow or minimize the potential for localized spread. Peach County will either be limiting or discontinuing public access to buildings and facilities during normal business hours starting Friday, March 20, 2020, until March 31, 2020. Should any greater risk or threat occur, this action may be extended or amended.
County employees will be reporting to work during their normal shifts, and will be available by telephone or other electronic means. Certain field workers such as inspectors, code enforcement officers, constables, and others will be performing duties outside of assigned offices. Public contact will be discouraged by field personnel and social distancing will be practiced. We are encouraging the public to use online resources or telephone for payments or to conduct business during this period, where available.
The PDF downloadable below identifies the departments and functions subject to the temporary restrictions or limited public access, along with their location and primary telephone numbers. If you have specific questions, please contact these offices by telephone to inquire about business activities that can be reasonably conducted under these conditions. While business activities will be limited, we will be providing additional information on County-related websites, social media and mass media concerning updates.
As the world copes with the growing impact of this outbreak, we remain steadfast in the belief that people will uphold personal responsibility to prevent the spread of this virus through responsible hygiene practices and self-quarantining practices as needed.
While we are reluctant to create this inconvenience, Peach County is doing everything possible to promote the public health practices suggested by known and credible sources monitoring the pandemic. Naturally, we hope that this 12-day period will not need to be extended. Meanwhile, all citizen-based public safety (law enforcement, jail, fire, EMS, E-911), and public works functions (roads, solid waste/recycling) will remain active with some potential adjustments or limitations.
COMMISSIONERS ISSUE STATEMENT ABOUT CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 ACTIONS - 3/17/20
Peach County officials are continuing to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 Virus. Although no cases have been reported in our County at this time, we will be taking the necessary measures to protect our employees and citizens through the following actions:
Effective March 16, 2020, all Peach County Parks & Recreation activities will be suspended. This includes all practices, games, and barn rentals. The Parks & Recreation office will remain open, but citizens are encouraged to call 478-825-3334 prior to visiting the office since this is an urgent situation.
All County Courts are operating on a limited capacity until further notice. Many of the service limitations are coming from State Judicial Directives and are not a result of a local decision.
You are asked to please contact the appropriate court prior to visiting the Peach County Courthouse to ensure that we contain the potential spread of the virus. For your convenience, the numbers and websites have been provided below:
- Probate Court www.peachcounty.net/probate-court
- This Court will continue to accept all filings.However, no hearings will be conducted unless it is an emergency situation.No Courthouse weddings and Weapon permitting/Renewals are suspended at this time.
- Clerk of Courts www.peachcounty.net/clerk-of-superior-court
- Tax Commissioners Office (Tags & Titles, Property Tax Payments)
- Tax Assessors Office (Property Assessments, Plats, Conservation Use, etc.)
- General Information: www.peachcounty.net/tax-assessors
- Elections www.peachcounty.net/board-of-elections
- All early voting for the Presidential Primary has been suspended until April 27,2020. All absentee ballots are being received and processed until March 25th. Those who have already voted in the Presidential Primary early votes period will be able to participate in the local voting on May 19th and additional details will be provided as to how this process will be handled once we are notified by the Secretary of State’s Office.
- The Peach County Commissioners’ Office, Planning and Zoning, and Public Works Office are continuing normal operations, but we will be taking additional precautions to protect employees and citizens.
- Peach Public Library- Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Peach Public Libraries – including the headquarters at Thomas Public Library (Fort Valley) (PPL-TPL) and the branch at Byron Public Library (Byron) (PPL-BPL) – will be closed until further notice.
- Peach County Senior Center – Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Middle Georgia Community Action Agency closed the Senior Center until March 31, 2020. Home –Delivered meals will continue on their regular schedule at this time.
We encourage all Citizens of Peach County to practice social distancing due to their currently being no vaccines or cure for the COVID-19 virus at this time. Also, please contact your local health provider if you need COVID-19 testing. Do not show up unannounced to the Emergency room or your Health Care provider without contacting them first and making plans for your visit. It is important that we as a community assist to control the spread of this virus. We must use good judgement – social distancing, handwashing, protect our elderly and healthcare network.
During a conference call with Governor Kemp, he advised that the State of Georgia has implemented a new COVID-19 hotline, the contact number is 844-442-2681.
The Board of Commissioners encourages all citizens to please stay at home as much as possible. We will put all differences aside and work together to take care of our most vulnerable citizens. We will continue to update this information as additional information is received.
Martin H. Moseley, Jr., Chairman
Peach County Board of Commissioners
PROBATE COURT CURTAILS COURT FUNCTIONS THROUGH APRIL 14 - 3/16/20
Pursuant to the order declaring statewide judicial emergency, the Peach County Probate Court will conduct only essential court functions through April 14, 2020. Click to learn more
RECREATION EVENTS POSTPONED - 3/16/2020
As our country, state, and community continue to respond at a rapid pace to the information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are implementing the practice of social distancing, which requires the suspension of in-person gatherings, programming, and events to further prevent the spread of infection.
As more information continues to become available we will keep everyone informed about measures we are taking concerning our parks, activities and programming.
In the name of safety, effective immediately we are postponing all Baseball, Softball, Coach Pitch and T-Ball practices until April 6. Parks will remain open, but the public is encouraged to follow all CDC guidelines regarding socializing while the virus is active. The multi-purpose room at North Peach Park will be closed until further notice.
We will continue to update you as conditions unfold. We know this causes inconvenience for everyone and request patience as we move through this pandemic. Please call us at the office if you have any questions or concerns. David Parrish / Director 478-825-3334
COMMISSIOINERS POSITION ON COVID-19
The Peach County Board of Commissioners works daily to ensure the health and well-being of our citizens and staff. Occasionally, extraordinary efforts are required to meet particular challenges, such as the recent concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
We have implemented additional procedures to provide preventative measures in Peach County public facilities to ensure sanitary safety measures for our employees and citizens of Peach County. We have assigned additional personnel to sanitize high-traffic areas, and we are installing hand-sanitizing stations at entrances in various public facilities.
We are currently following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DGPH), the Peach County Board of Health as well as other local, state, and federal agencies to make sure we have the most up-to-date information available.
We encourage all citizens and employees of Peach County to consider these options to help reduce the risk of contracting or passing a contagious condition by following preventative measures such as:
- flu vaccinations
- covering noses or mouths when coughing or sneezing
- washing or sanitizing hands often
- using sanitizers in common areas
- avoid crowds as much as possible
- other health practices that are designed to reduce infection and the spread of disease
More information can be found at www.cdc.gov
The Board of Commissioners encourages our employees and citizens to remain connected and calm. We are staying in contact with state and federal agencies and will relay information as quickly as possible through social media, Peach county website and Code Red,