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March 23, 2020: Coronavirus Community Call

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National Update-Ben Moser

Ben gave the following updates for Day 11 of the National Emergency from the following media sources: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune and the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

  • Over five percent of global cases in New York City area
  • Major disaster declaration for New York, Washington State and California
  • Democrats block aid legislation; talks continue
  • Florida Keys closed to tourist and visitors
  • Three hundred new cases in Illinois
  • Massive stocks and oil prices fall
  • The International Olympic Committee considering postponing Tokyo games
  • Georgia Governor under pressure to enact more restrictions
  • Alabama Governor calls up Alabama National Guard and announces aid package

Columbus Consolidated Government-Mayor Skip Henderson

Richard Bishop, Chief of Staff, advised that Mayor Henderson was not able to join the call due to technical difficulties. Ben asked if there was any information about how the Columbus City Council will proceed with their meetings.

Richard gave the following updates:

  • The process will start tomorrow
  • They will practice social distancing of council members in the chambers
  • Limiting access for the media
  • The public agenda has been suspended

Department of Public Health (Columbus Health Department)-Natalie Mann

Jack Lockwood of the Columbus Health Department gave the following updates:

  • Drive thru testing continues for those at risk
  • Referrals received from health care providers or those who meet criteria for symptomology
  • Center of Disease Control or Georgia Department of Public Health website for latest information

Russell County Sheriff Office-Sheriff Heath Taylor

Sheriff Taylor gave the following updates:

  • No confirmed cases in their facility
  • Limiting public access to the jail
  • Limiting inmates going out as trustees
  • Limiting access at county offices (i.e. Two customers at a time)
  • Temperature screenings as people go into the judicial building
  • No confirmed cases in Russell County

Russell County Emergency Management Agency-Bob Franklin

Bob gave the following updates:

  • Limiting courthouse access
  • Use of drive thru window for sanitation bill payment
  • Limiting number of people in tag office
  • Governor of Alabama closed all restaurants and bars. Take out only.
  • Limiting number of people at funerals and weddings to 25
  • Limiting number of children at childcare facilities

Piedmont Columbus Regional-Joel Ames

Joel gave the following updates:

  • As of 8:35am, there are no confirmed cases at Piedmont Columbus Regional
  • They are prepared for and anticipate confirmed cases
  • No visitor’s policy with a few exceptions (Pediatrics, Maternity, NICU and End of Life)
  • Temperature screening of employees and visitors
  • Piedmont employees are self and peer monitoring
  • Samples for testing taken from six Piedmont patients; six more appoints scheduled for this morning
  • They are managing supplies and are in good shape

Home for Good/Vulnerable Population Update-Pat Frey

Pat began by stating that the Governor’s task force will meet today at 2:00pm. They have finalized recommendations to the Governor for the homeless and vulnerable population as follows:

  • Stop all evictions
  • Enhance screening and referral process through Continuum of Care
  • Make a reporting process for service providers to identify those who are symptomatic and/or test positive
  • Set up quarantine and isolation facilities
  • Provide transportation to testing or isolation sites
  • Cost of approximately 10 million to the state

Crisis Fund Update-Betsy Covington

Betsy gave the following updates:

  • The fund is getting fabulous support from the community
  • The Community Foundation is working with United Way to create grant guidelines
  • Non-profits can go to the Community Foundation website and register
  • The Community Foundation and United Way are listening and responding

City of Phenix City Update-Jennifer Lowman and Stephanie Chastain

Stephanie gave the following updates:

  • All city services still up and running
  • Limiting public access to citizens
  • Asking citizens to use electronic means or schedule appointments when possible

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