DeKalb County releases Corona Virus to stay at home

Mar 28, 2020 11:15 PM ET

The order, which takes effect at 9 p.m. Saturday and remains in place until further notice, prohibits all public meetings and instructs the residents of DeKalb without their own legal personality to leave their homes as little as possible, unless they are looking for medical help. Activities excluded include “procuring the necessary services and supplies” and working for key companies such as grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and a number of other retailers.

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It encourages other companies to “shut down all but a minimum of basic operations” ; “We are trying to save lives from the serious public health threat posed by COVID-19,” Thurmond said in a press release.

The move is another example of Georgian local governments trying to curb the spread of the coronavirus and the disease it causes. By Friday noon, Georgia had confirmed 2,001 cases of the virus and 566 people had been hospitalized. Sixty-four people had died.

Governor Brian Kemp has introduced some restrictions, but has resisted requests to issue a formal stay order at home.

The city of Atlanta took its own action earlier this week. Several cities in DeKalb County – including Brookhaven, Decatur and Doraville – also did this.

Neighboring Gwinnett County and its 16 cities also took such action late Friday – and DeKalb’s command suggests that Thurmond was also in contact with Gwinnett leaders.

Thurmond’s mandate reads, “DeKalb County’s chief executive officer and chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners agree that a coordinated effort to encourage residents to restrict out-of-home activities is the best way to slow down the spread of COVID-19. ”

DeKalb’s new order escalates Monday’s Thurmond policy, which included a voluntary curfew, restricted gatherings of more than 10 people, and limited restaurants to take-away service only.

It does not automatically apply to cities in the DeKalb district, but instead calls on these municipalities to issue similar regulations for reasons of uniformity.

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