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Cornonavirus: A Message from the City

Post Date:03/13/2020 1:47 PM

The City of Peachtree Corners is committed to keeping you (our citizens) well informed and safe.  We continue to keep a close watch on the evolving situation with regard to the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The City is in close contact with the County Health Department and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and we will be diligent in sharing with you the vetted information we receive from them.  Health care professionals and officials advise us that this is a fluid situation, and that more changes will arise and more measures will be needed in the days, weeks, and months ahead.  We will continue to look to public health agencies for additional guidance; provide regular updates as we get them; and announce additional measures as the situation warrants next steps. 

The city has taken several precautions to prevent the spread of the illness such as increasing cleaning schedules, installing additional hand sanitizer dispensers and informing our contractors not to send sick personnel to city facilities.

We are encouraging all Peachtree Corners’ residents to download the City’s mobile app (“Corners Connect”) that will allow the City to provide important information quickly, efficiently and accurately. The City's app is free and available for both iPhones (App Store) and Android (Play Store) users. Use "Corners Connect" to search for the app.

As always, please be cautious of possible phishing scams and of those seeking to profit from this.

Some best practices are worth repeating (according to the Georgia Department of Public Health):

  • Prevention is the best approach to coronavirus.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Older adults (60+) and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
  • The flu is still widespread and active throughout the state, so if you have not already gotten a flu shot, it is not too late. While the flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, it will prevent serious complications that require hospitalization and prevent overburdening the health care system in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and/or your symptoms.

Below you will find a list of educational resources containing ways to prevent, identify and treat (if needed) cases of COVID-19.  Please review and share this information as a useful informational tool for your family members, neighbors, and coworkers.

 For more information please contact DPH directly: (404) 657-2700

24/7 Public Health Emergency Line: 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584)

Constituent Services DPH-ConstituentServices@dph.ga.gov

Eric Jens, Georgia Department of Public Health, Eric.Jens@dph.ga.gov

Thank you for investing your time into learning more about this public health emergency and for doing your part to help prevent the spread of illness.