COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Evans County Updates

This page has been created as a single source of reference regarding Evans County’s events, altered schedules and office closures due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.  This page will be monitored and updated as new information is provided.  You can also find information on the various county social media pages. For more in-depth information on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) please follow this link: https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus

Joint Order Press Release and Order: Please Read

COVID-19 INFOGRAPHIC from the Georgia DPH: (printable)

FEMA ADVISORY 03/24/20

State-Managed, Federally-Supported COVID-19 Response Continues

The federal government continues taking aggressive and proactive steps to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health and safety of the American people is our top priority.

We are halfway through 15 Days to Slow the Spread. Do your part to flatten the curve:

  • Stay home as much as much as possible.
  • If you need to go out, practice social distancing.

Under the direction of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA, HHS and our federal partners are working with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a whole of government response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public.

On March 22, President Trump directed the Secretary of Defense to allow the states of California, New York and Washington use of the National Guard in a Title 32 status to support state and local emergency assistance efforts. This allows the governors to activate the National Guard to support their disaster response efforts, on a fully reimbursable basis and under their respective command and control, if that becomes necessary. To date, 8,000 National Guard troops have activated to help with testing and other response efforts. Additional states can request this assistance and those requests will be considered.

On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a nationwide emergency pursuant to Sec. 501(b) of Stafford Act. The President’s action cuts red tape and bureaucracy and avoids governors needing to request individual emergency declarations. In addition, the states of New York, Washington and California were approved for major disaster declarations to assist with additional needs identified in these states.

Medical supplies are en route to these states, including respirators, surgical masks and gowns, face shields, coveralls and gloves, with quantities already delivered to Washington and New York. We anticipate additional supplies will be delivered within the next 24 hours. The U.S. Navy hospital ship Mercy is en route to Los Angeles to provide additional hospital beds and medical staff because the projected cases there are expected to be greater than Washington. FEMA issued a $350 million Mission Assignment to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for construction of alternate care facilities in New York. Four sites have been selected. FEMA is working with the Department of Health and Human Services and the state of New York to complete the construction of a 1,000-bed medical station at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City to care for patients with special health needs. These medical stations increase local healthcare capabilities and can be tailored to meet local requirements.

Please see attached for updated information on the federal response efforts, including support for delivery of critical goods and services, Community Based Testing Sites (CBTS), Ventilator Guidance, Defense Production Act, Disinformation and Rumor Control, How to Help for volunteers and the private sector, and information on the Strategic National Stockpile.

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/USDHS/2020/03/24/file_attachments/1409444/FEMA%20COVID%20Advisory%203.24.20.pdf

GOVERNOR KEMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS

03.23.20.01 and 03.23.20.02

EVANS COUNTY DECLARES LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

PRESS RELEASE

OFFICIAL DECLARATION

Local Physician’s Letter of Recommendation

Evans County Courts:

In light of recent concerns regarding COVID-19, the Atlantic Judicial Circuit has chosen to limit all non-essential court matters and courthouse activities.  Please see the attached executed and filed order declaring a judicial emergency.  This order will remain in effect until April 3, 2020, at which time the situation will be re-evaluated and extended, should it be necessary.  The official Order Declaring Judicial Emergency can be found directly below.

*Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Amended Order

Evans County Superior Court Official Statement

Evans County Magistrate Court Official Statement

Evans County Probate Court Official Statement

Evans County Government:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:   March 17, 2020

TO:        Media and Interested Parties

FROM:  Casey Burkhalter, County Administrator

Re: Evans County Board of Commissioners Operations Modification-Coronavirus

Evans County is communicating daily with our state and community partners.  While at this time we are not aware of any presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19, we have emergency procedures in place to pro-actively address issues that may arise related to this unique virus. We are prepared to respond appropriately to any emergency calls should the need arise.  Based upon the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) and to ensure the health and safety of the general public and the Evans County Staff, we are modifying our methods of daily operations as follows:

•    Communication with the Evans County Commissioner’s Office will be via email to boc.office@evanscounty.org or via telephone (912) 739-1141, Option 8.

•    All incoming calls will be directed to the automated messaging system. Messages will then be forwarded to staff emails for an appropriate response.

•    Our office will be closed to direct personal contact between employees and the general public from March 17, 2020 through March 31, 2020. As recommended by CDC, we ask that all citizens continue practicing social distancing in order to mitigate risks.

The Board of Commissioners and its staff will continue working diligently to provide our citizens via our website and social media platforms with additional updates and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) which serve as our official sources of information related to this virus.  Please check back often for updates.

Evans County Board of Commissioners Official Statement

Evans County Tax Commissioner Official Statement

Evans County Tax Assessor Official Statement

Evans County Registrar Official Statement

Public Works Director Official Statement

Evans County School System:

Governor Issues Executive Order to Keep Schools Closed through April 24

ECSS Family and Community,

Out of an overabundance of caution, based on the most recent information available concerning the Covid-19 outbreak, Evans County Schools will remain closed through Friday, April 10, 2020. We are also adjusting our feeding schedule.

Meal packets, which consist of 5 days of meals, will only be provided on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Lacasa Hagan Park

Daisy Fire Station St. John Missionary Baptist Church

Canoochee Properties Rolling Oaks II

Claxton Elementary School Cleo Griffin Center @ Nancy Hendrix Homes

No meals will be distributed on Mondays or Fridays. This adjustment will allow us to distribute the same amount of meals and maximize the social distancing for our employees and community. Meal distribution beyond Spring Break will be determined and communicated at a later time.

Additional academic support materials will be provided at feeding sites on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Students are also encouraged to access their Google classrooms for updates on activities. All athletic and extra-curricular events, including practices, continue to be cancelled through April 10th.

The Health Clinic at CES will remain open for employees, students, and students’ families over the next two weeks.

We will continue to monitor circumstances daily and issue additional press releases as necessary. We encourage everyone to wash your hands and heed recommended guidelines for us all to be healthy.

Please help us get the word out. We are ALL in this together!

Martin G. Waters, Ed.D.

Superintendent

  • Evans County Feeding Sites Fast Facts 
    https://ga02202814.schoolwires.net/cms/lib/GA02202814/Centricity/shared/boe news/Feeding sites.pdf
  • Due to the school closure period of: March 16 – 27, 2020, the central office will be closed.
    Please find listed the email contact information for the Evans County School District leadership, if you have any questions feel free to contact them via email.
    Click link below for complete information.
    https://ga02202814.schoolwires.net/cms/lib/GA02202814/Centricity/shared/boe news/District Leadership Email Information for website.pdf
  • UPDATE  3-16-20
    School Closing Notice-March 16th – March 29th

    ECSS Family and Community,
    Our district administration met today to determine plans for continuity for the next two weeks, and possibly beyond. Due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 outbreak, it is difficult to make long range decisions. However, we will continue to monitor and provide updates and adjustments as necessary. Here are the tentative plans for March 16 – March 27, 2020:
    Meals will be provided on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the following locations:
    Lacasa Hagan Park
    Daisy Fire Station St. John Missionary Baptist Church
    Canoochee Properties Rolling Oaks II
    Claxton Elementary School Cleo Griffin Center @ Nancy Hendrix Homes
    Schools have prepared academic review packets which will be distributed on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at each of the feeding sites. These packets will also be posted on school websites and linked to our FaceBook page. Additional resources and links can also be on our FaceBook page.
    All athletic and extra-curricular events, including practices, have been cancelled through April 3rd, including the Reading Fiesta that was scheduled for March 28th.
    Prom is being rescheduled for May 16, 2020. A follow-up callout will be provided with instructions for students to register.
    We remind our faculty, staff, and students that the Health Clinic at CES will remain open over the next two weeks.
    We know there are some future events, parents and students will be asking about. Currently no changes are in place for Grad Bash 2020 or Graduation.
    Our board office is also closed during this time. However, there is contact information on our website. www.evans.k12.ga.us This communication will be monitored daily.
    Again, we will monitor circumstances daily and issue additional press releases as necessary.

Parents and Students,

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Google Document:
https://docs.google.com/…/1p03UhHdbJfNTMrQZ7JBwUJu0JI…/edit…

AR Link:
https://hosted303.renlearn.com/52251/

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