Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response

The City of South Fulton remains committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all residents and staff as it works to limit the spread and effects of Coronavirus Disease 19 or COVID-19. 

If you have an emergency, please call 911. To report non-emergency incidents or if you have questions or need information about city services, please use the SeeClickFix smart device app, visit our SeeClickFix webpage or call our 24-hour call center at (470) 522-4311.

REOPENING PROCESS


Mandatory COVID-19 TestingThis presentation outlines the city’s mandatory COVID-19 testing for staff.

Safe Reopening - This presentation outlines the citywide plan for safely reopening operations.

Municipal Court - This presentation outlines the plan for reopening the city’s Municipal Court.

COVID-19 ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSE MEMOS

Following is a list of administrative memos detailing the city’s response actions regarding COVID-19.

March 12, 2020 - This memo outlines city’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 27, 2020 - This memo details the fiscal and programs impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 1, 2020 -  The memo sets forth hazard pay recommendations for essential employees.

April 7, 2020 - The memo provides additional information about hazard pay recommendations.

April 10, 2020 - This memo includes information regarding a gladiator benefits program.

April 13, 2020 - This presentation includes details affecting the proposed gladiator benefits program.

April 28, 2020  -This memo gives details about the city’s 30-day reopening plan.

UPDATES ON FACILITY CLOSURES AND STATUS OF SERVICES

Following is a list of major city services and facilities and their statuses.

CITY OFFICES, SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

All offices are closed and all city services and programs – with the exception of essential services, including police, fire, permitting and public works – have been postponed until further notice.

MEETINGS OF CITY COUNCIL, BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND AUTHORITIES

All meetings of the South Fulton City Council have been postponed until further notice. The council will conduct special called meetings as circumstances require. Following social distancing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those meetings will be virtual and closed to the public. The public can view the meeting via live stream on the city’s YouTube page. All meetings of city boards, commissions and agencies have been postponed until further noticed.

PERMITTING SERVICES

The Community Development and Regulatory Affairs Department offers a paperless, online permitting system that allows residents and contractors to submit applications and all supporting documents online in on place. Inspectors can submit all forms, photos and comments directly to city officials from job sites or their offices. Click here to access the online permitting system. Contact Community Development and Regulatory Affairs Department Director Shayla Reed or Angela Patrick, the department’s development services director for more information.

PARKS, RECREATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS

All city parks and facilities are closed and all programming – including athletic leagues, arts performances and arts lessons – have been postponed until further notice

PUBLIC WORKS

Sanitation services, which are performed by independent contractors, are continuing. A list of those contractors can be found here. The city also is continuing to work on certain construction projects, maintain rights of way and provide other services.

MUNICIPAL COURT

All Municipal Court cases have been postponed. Notices of new court dates will be sent to the address on record for individuals whose court date was scheduled during the COVID 19 crisis. Ticket payment information is available and fines can be paid at here or by calling 1-855-867-6655. No bench warrants will be issued during the time court is suspended.

MAGISTRATE COURT

Fulton County’s Magistrate Court will continue to provide constitutionally mandated services, specifically applications for search and arrest warrants through electronic interface, as well as first appearance hearings six days a week.The magistrate judges will only handle criminal cases where people are detained. The Misdemeanor Mental Health Court compliance calendar is suspended until further notice. Fore more information, read official guidance from the magistrate court.

POLICE

The City of South Fulton’s Police Department has made operational changes that align with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when responding to situations and calls that may involve patients with possible symptoms of COVID-19. The department has taken the following steps to ensure the safety of its officers, civilian staff, and citizens:

  • Issued personal protective equipment to all officers for use when they interact with anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Changed procedures for taking police reports. Officers will meet residents outside to gather information. Certain reports can also be generated here;
  • Temporarily suspended all fingerprinting for criminal history checks for licensing;
  • Suspended all non-essential work-related travel to reduce officers’ chance of exposure; and ensured workspaces and patrol vehicles are properly sanitized.

FIRE

The Fire Department has made changes to how it responds to emergency calls with patients presenting possible symptoms of the COVID-19. To ensure the safety of its firefighters and the community, the following precautions are being taken:

  • Only one EMT will make face-to-face contact with a patient that has a chief complaint of any flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms.
  • All EMTs will wear the recommended personal protective equipment to ensure safety for themselves, their co-workers and patients.
  • All fire inspections, public and life safety educational programs, fire station tours and community events at fire stations have been suspended until further notice.
  • Firefighters will be exercising the use of all universal precautionary measures when assisting anyone who shows symptoms.
  • The department continues to operate of the Community Risk Reduction Office. Staff will review building plans submitted electronically and will be available to answer any fire and life safety questions. Residents can call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 470-809-7553 during normal business hours or email at fire.info@cityofsouthfultonga.gov.
  • The department will continue to keep residents updated and informed through the its Facebook page.

City Messaging Regarding COVID-19


Stop the Spread


It’s important to listen and follow the directions of your state, county and local authorities to combat COVID-19. Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tips below to stop the spread of the virus. COSF - Coronavirus Mailer 2

Read the Latest About the City’s Actions to Combat COVID-19

April 2, 2020

City of South Fulton officials issued a shelter-in-place order Thursday including the closure of non-essential businesses as the city works to slow the spread and minimize the effects of COVID-19. Click here to read the news release in its entirety.

March 23, 2020

South Fulton Leaders Encourage Residents to Follow Governor’s Executive Order for COVID-19

City of South Fulton officials are encouraging residents to follow guidance from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp after he announced an executive order Monday asking people at high-risk for certain medical conditions to shelter in place to help curb the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Click here to read the full news release.

Click here to read the City of South Fulton’s Shelter-In-Place Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding COVID-19. 

Watch the governor’s press statement on the executive order or read the full statement. Read the executive order.

March 18, 2020

City of South Fulton Mayor William "Bill" Edwards Declares State of Emergency

City of South Fulton Mayor William “Bill” Edwards with support from the City Council in their Tuesday, March 17 meeting, adopted an emergency resolution declaring a state of emergency in the City of South Fulton in an effort to take proactive measures for the health and safety of residents during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

The resolution calls for the following until further notice:

• Implements a curfew for residents to be in their homes between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (with exceptions for such things as people going to and from medical facilities/work, responding to emergencies, emergency and public safety personnel, essential City Personnel, people traveling through the City to a destination outside the City and/or making deliveries within the City

• Prohibits all public gatherings of ten (10) or more persons within the City

• Requires all businesses within the City, with the exception of medical and pharmaceutical establishments, are hereby ordered to close indoor access to the general public daily by 9:00 p.m.

• Cancels all City Meetings, including City boards, agencies and commissions, with the exception of emergency City Council meetings

Click here to view the full news release.

March 15, 2020

City of South Fulton Closure Notice

The City of South Fulton will discontinue all in-person services and programs indefinitely as we seek to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 – COVID-19. This will start tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2020. Specifically, these include all City events, parks and recreation events and programs and similar functions. All City facilities, including City Hall, will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Essential employees, including fire and police personnel, will report to work as scheduled. Sanitation services will continue as will any code enforcement activity. The City has instituted a telecommute policy for all other employees.

If you have an emergency, please call 911. For other questions and non-emergency issues, please use SeeClickFix or call the 311 call center at (470) 552-4311. Visit our website at www.cityofsouthfultonga.gov and watch our social media channels for updates.  Click here to view the full closure notice.

March 14, 2020

City Hall was closed Friday, March 13, 2020 to the public and will remain closed until further notice. 

March 13, 2020

City of South Fulton officials held a Coronavirus Response Press Conference to detail the measures the city has taken to address COVID-19 and to protect the community. Click here to view the memorandum of the Administrative Response to COVID-19.

City Clerk’s Office/City Council Meetings
The City of South Fulton will continue to conduct official business and coordinate public City Council meetings. Until Further notice, all City Council Meetings will not be open to the public. The meeting and work session will be available via live stream on YouTube. A public comment page will be available on the website that will open 24-hours prior to the meeting and will close at 12 p.m. on the date of the appropriate Council meeting. 

The Clerk will call out all votes prior to moving on to the next agenda item for public and visual record. Staff will continue to work any technical kinks for the March 31, 2020 Council meeting where this remote process will go live. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the City Clerk at 470-809-7712 or 470-809-7711 

Click here to see March 17, 2020 Public Notice 

March 12, 2020

City of South Fulton Special Called Meeting - (COVID-19)
City of South Fulton leaders approved in a special called meeting Tuesday, a response plan and an initial $125,000 budget for managing actions aimed at minimizing the impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 on the city’s residents and staff.

Watch the 3:00 p.m. Special Called Meeting - The City’s Response to Coronavirus

March 9, 2020

The City of South Fulton learned of its first confirmed case of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The patient, a teacher with classes at three area schools, has been quarantined and is receiving professional medical care.

To learn more, read the Fulton County Schools’ online message.

The safety of all residents – and city staff – remains the city’s top priority. The City continues to work closely with Fulton County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor the situation. Residents should check the city’s website and social media outlets for regular updates.

The city will adjust operating hours for Tuesday, March 11. All city offices will open to the public at 12 p.m.

What Should You Do?

It is crucial that everyone living or working in the City of South Fulton remain calm and follow these steps from the CDC to minimize chances of contracting the virus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Educate yourself about the virus. Check out these websites for more information:

What is the City Doing?

We are monitoring the situation around the clock through constant contact with local, state and federal health officials. We will provide updates as new information warrants.

All activities scheduled through the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department for Monday, March 9, have been cancelled. Look for updates on when those activities will resume.

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

As concern grows about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the City of South Fulton wants to ensure you are protected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided information and guidance about the virus, its symptoms and ways to protect yourself. Here is what you need to know:

Background

Novel (new) coronavirus was first detected in China and has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes is named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.

How Coronavirus Spreads

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Symptoms

According to CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. 

How to Prevent COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For More Information

To learn more about COVID-19 and how to prevent contracting it, visit one of the following links:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Georgia Department of Public Health - dph.georgia.gov

Fulton County Resources

Click below to see Fulton County’s March 3 Coronavirus briefing:

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