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LETTER OF DIRECTIVE for Food Service Establishments and Tourist Accommodations: COVID-19 Public Health Response

Due to the statewide public health emergency, COVID-19 virus is considered an “imminent health hazard” as defined in O.C.G.A. 511-6-1 and O.C.G.A. 511-6-2. Because of this, and in order to protect the public, dining areas shall be closed for dine-in service effective immediately through April 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM. This includes all permitted food…

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Reduces Hours and Services Until Further Notice

  FOLKSTON, GEORGIA – The US Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the modification of operations at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge’s Main Entrance, effective Tuesday March 24, 2020. The modifications to operations is supported by the onsite concession, Okefenokee Adventures. Hours of operation of the Main Entrance (Suwannee Canal Recreation Area) will be reduced to Tuesday – Sunday from…

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Closed Beaches Bring Temporary Water Testing Suspension

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (March 24, 2020) — Last week, the Tybee City Council and the Glynn County Commissioner closed beaches due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of these closures, the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is temporarily suspending beach water quality testing. The water quality testing, which tests for the…

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Public Comment Period Now Open: Regulation Changes-Alligator Season

GEORGIA – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that hunters and other interested parties have a public comment period in which they can express their thoughts regarding alligator hunting.  The question is whether or not to accept input on proposed changes to hunting regulations.  The comment time is now open. Proposed changes…

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SGMC Updated Visitor Guidelines Announced

By Carol A. Gasser Moore LAKELAND, GEORGIA – Geoff Hardy, SGMC Campus Administrator-Lanier has announced new updated visitor guidelines for those visiting the SGMC-Lanier campus effective as of March 20. “SGMC Lanier Campus is taking additional steps to protect patients, family members, staff and the community from the transmission and community spread of the COVID-19…

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Social Distancing Guidelines Critical for Funerals & Funeral Homes

GEORGIA – Public health officials are strongly urging funeral homes to immediately adhere to social distancing protocol for funerals, graveside services, and memorials to help control the spread of COVID-19. Dr. William R. Grow, MC, FACP, district health director for the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District, said that because there is currently…

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SGMC CONFIRMS POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19

VALDOSTA, GEORGIA – Late last evening, South Georgia Medical Center was notified that a team member who was considered a “high” risk of exposure to the first presumptive positive COVID-19 patient initially cared for at SGMC on March 5-7 and later diagnosed presumptive positive in a hospital in Florida, has tested positive for COVID-19. This team member…

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Small Businesses Warned About Misleading Mailers

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is alerting Georgia’s business community about misleading mailers that were sent out to new businesses across the state. Many of Georgia’s new business owners have received deceptive letters that could mislead them into believing additional fees are necessary to complete their business registration process. “Georgia’s entrepreneurs are crucial to a…

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Georgians Warned of Coronavirus Scam Charities

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is warning fellow Georgians about the risk of scam charities purporting to be raising money to fight coronavirus or help its victims. In light of the ongoing developments related to the coronavirus, or COVID-19, Georgians should beware of con artists seeking to capitalize on their fear and…

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A County Board of Elections Penalized By State

ATHENS, GEORGIA – The State Elections Board sanctioned the Clarke County Board of Elections after a hearing Wednesday for violating Georgia law requiring uniform voting. The county board voted 3-2 last week to use hand-marked ballots instead of the ballot-marking machines specified in state law. The law allows use of hand-marked ballots only as a backup…

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