By Beau Evans
Capitol Beat News Service
And Progress staff reports
Concern for the safety of voters and poll workers due to the spread of coronavirus was behind the decision to postpone Georgia’s presidential primary from March 24 until May 19, state elections officials said Monday.
Statewide, around 250,000 ballots had already been cast during the early voting period for the partisan contest before the precincts were closed Saturday amid the COVID-19 scare, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office.
In Pickens County, 885 people had already cast ballots when Election Office Supervisor Julianne Roberts said the state
Pickens County School District will be closed Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, March 27, 2020. During this time, our buildings and buses will be deep-cleaned.
On Thursday, March 26, 2020, a determination will be made as to whether or not additional days are added for school closures.
At this time, there are no known cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) within our district and community. Please continue to utilize the resources posted on our webpage for further information related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
All students are encouraged to attend school tomorrow, March 13, 2020, in order to receive instructions so that there will be minimal interruption in student learning.
By Sharon Dowdy, CAES News
News of the coronavirus has many people feeling uneasy and helpless. Building a supply of emergency food and water will help ease some of the stress and help Georgians prepare for any kind of emergency, be it a medical quarantine, a snowstorm or a major power outage, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts say.
"Flash floods, tropical storms, blizzards, whatever the disaster — it pays to be prepared," said UGA Extension food safety specialist Elizabeth Andress. "Every family should have at least a three-day emergency food supply to fall back on. If you are concerned about virus quarantine, you should plan on a two-week supply according to our public health agencies."
ATLANTA – Today Governor Kemp and Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) commissioner, announced a daily status report page for confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia. This will replace nightly news releases from the Governor’s Office and DPH. The report updates every night at midnight to ensure accurate and regular information is provided to the public. The new tool can be found on the DPH website.
PRESS RELEASE PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT - Our school district is committed to keeping our community informed about issues relating to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). There are no cases of COVID-19 at any Pickens County school.
You are probably aware of yesterday’s news report that an employee of the Canton Waffle House has tested positive for COVID-19. On March 1st, a 4th grade paraprofessional at Harmony Elementary School ate at this Waffle House. The paraprofessional is not showing any signs of the virus, and we do not know if the infected employee was in the building at the same time as the paraprofessional. We thought it prudent for the paraprofessional to self-quarantine for the remaining days of the incubation period, and we thought it important to share this information with you.
Our school district remains in close contact with local, district, and state health officials and is monitoring this situation very closely. We will continue to follow the authorities’ recommendations on how to proceed and will keep you informed if there are developments that impact our schools.
Again, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 at Harmony Elementary or in any Pickens County school.