Government Statements and Info
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City of Lagrange Emergency Meeting 3/17/2020: Ordinance on the schedule is for a declaration of a State of Emergency for the City of Lagrange for 60 days unless the council decides to repel it earlier. No organized public gatherings on city property owned or controlled by the city. No disconnection of utilities for non-payment during the State of Emergency. Provides City Manager special provisions regarding employees and budgetary decisions. City Hall will be restricted to employees only. All citizens of the city should review and comply with the CDC recommendations. The ordinance for the State of Emergency passed unanimously.
Troup County Tax Commissioner’s Office – Closed to the public and all walk-in customers during the 10-day period of March 17-27. Payments in the form of Check or Money Order for Property Taxes or Tag Renewals may be placed in the Drop-Box in front of the Troup County Government Center
Troup County Courts Update: Non-Essential Court Postponed, Govt. Center is Screening Individuals Upon Entrance. Effective March 16, 2020; therefore, the county encourages citizens who currently have scheduled proceedings to consult with their attorneys before reporting to the Troup County Government Center. Those without an attorney contact the Troup County Clerk of Court’s Office, Troup County Court Services, or the Judge’s Chambers will be available to answer questions related to the postponed court functions during normal business hours, Monday-Friday from 8:00AM-5:00PM.
Governor Kemp: 3/16/2020 Public Elementary, Secondary, Post-Secondary Schools Closed March 18 to March 31
Governor’s office Announcement 3/16/2020 – Contact COVID-19 hotline The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility. Hotline: (844) 442-2681
Announcements from the Facebook Live discussion – Monday, March 16 @ 11:00 am: City of Lagrange: No disconnection of utilities during the situation (water, electricity, gas). City employees will continue to be paid; no layoffs. Recommending no gathering of groups of 50 or more for the next eight weeks. Individual business owners (large or small) will make the decision whether or not to shut down at this time. They will follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and cleaning. Any formal decision to close businesses is a decision to be made by the state and the Governor’s office. As of today (3/16/2020) no decision has been made to close businesses. Wellstar West Georgia Hospital: CDC guidelines recommend no visitors at this time; extreme exceptions will be allowed. Urgent or immediate surgeries will continue. Elective surgeries will be temporarily halted. Capacity for critical patients is good; the old ICU has been opened to provide additional space. Troup County School System: Employees will work remotely as much as possible. Lunches will be provided around the system. Go to www.troup.org or call 706.842.7900 or email email@example.com for the nine locations of the meal pick ups. Buses will run routes to drop off meals and academic materials; contact the previously given sources to find out where the bus stops will be. Academic services and materials are available at the school if they do not have the school Chrome books. Planning on coming back to school in two weeks but that is subject to change. All schools open from 9 am – 1 pm until Wednesday, March 18 to pick up any items needed at home. Prom (Callaway HS, 3/28/2020) is still scheduled but that may be subject to change depending on the ever evolving situation. County Commissioner Crews: Communicating with both Hogansville and West Point. Evaluating access to the courthouse in order to conduct necessary business. Presently courthouse is open. Superior Court cases are extended for 30 days. Health Department, Dr. O: We do have a case in Troup County. It is the Health Dept.’s job to provide contact tracing and make recommendations. If identified as a known contact of a confirmed case, there is no need to test them. We will socially isolate them and watch for 14 days. If symptoms appear, we will then test. We will be testing suspected cases based on symptoms in order to locate NEW cases. Main control measure is social distancing in order to flatten the curve. Public Safety/Sheriff’s Office: Visitation center is shut down at the Troup County Jail. Working on video visitation. There will be additional questions if you call 911 in order to help protect responders. Sheriff’s Office is support services including for the Health Department including courier services of supplies if needed. Court has been suspended for two weeks.
LaGrange city leaders announced on Mar. 14, prior to the confirmation of the positive COVID-19 case, that they would be hosting a Facebook Live discussion about the coronavirus on Mar. 16 at 11:00 a.m. You can join the virtual meeting by clicking here.
Georgia State Primary – The March 24th primary has been postponed until May 19.
March 13, 2020 Governor’s Statement: From Gov. Brian Kemp:
“Based on President Trump’s emergency declaration, I will declare a public health emergency for the State of Georgia tomorrow morning. This declaration will greatly assist health and emergency management officials across Georgia by deploying all available resources for the mitigation and treatment of COVID-19. In accordance with state law, I will call for a special session of the General Assembly to convene at the State Capitol at 8 AM on Monday, March 16, 2020 to ratify this action through a joint resolution.
“At this time, it is appropriate for faith-based organizations and similar entities to consider cancellation of public events and services. Contact your local public health office or consult official sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health, for helpful guidance on decision-making. Elderly citizens and those with chronic, underlying health conditions face a serious threat to their health, and we must do everything in our power to reduce risk associated with this virus. Continue to support one another, be mindful of potential exposure, use best practices to prevent infection, and pray for your fellow Americans in the weeks ahead.”
Troup County Sheriff’s Office – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY All face-to-face inmate contact has been suspended until further notice. This includes all religious meetings and the DFACS family reunification room. The only exception will be attorney and inmate meetings which will take place through a more secured meeting area.
Should you have any questions you may contact our Jail Administrator, Capt. Marty Reeves at 706-883-1616.