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COVID-19 Information for the EGSC Community
Last updated: June 30, 2020 - 12:45 PM



Updates from the University System of Georgia:

May 12, 2020 - 2:45 PM • An update from the University System of Georgia

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   Chancellor Steve Wrigley debuted a new PSA video on May 12, 2020 during the University System Board of Regents meeting, and wanted to share it with everyone! Created by the Georgia Film Academy, the video covers the CDC’s standard health guidelines we all should be following. Check it out below!

The University System of Georgia is working together to help fight COVID-19. We can all help each other stay safe by following a few simple steps. Join the USG mascots as they show you what you can do to help win against COVID-19!

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Updates from the President of East Georgia State College:

June 30, 2020 - 4:45 PM • Message to EGSC Faculty and Staff

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   Dear East Georgia State College Faculty and Staff,

   Impact of COVID-19 on Budget
   As I write this letter, I know that a discussion of the budget tends to cause eyeballs to roll. However, I also know that we cannot accomplish our mission unless all of us understand our budget. So, please hang in there with me for a few moments as I describe next year’s budget and how we got there.
   The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on East Georgia State College’s budget for the coming fiscal year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021). The extent of that impact became even more clear during the last week.
   In order to clearly describe to you the budget developments of the last week, we have to look back to what took place earlier this spring.
   As tax revenues in Georgia dropped precipitously this spring due to the pandemic, the University System of Georgia (USG) directed all USG institutions to submit detailed plans for a possible reduction in state allocations of 14% for the year. All plans were required to include a furlough plan for all employees. Lower compensated employees were allocated a smaller number of furlough days than higher compensated employees.
   Subsequently, the Governor of Georgia made the Georgia Legislature aware of his analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on state revenue during the coming fiscal year. He asked the legislature to adopt a budget based upon an 11% decline. It is, of course, hard to think about a 11% decline being good news. That was, however, excellent news.
   The legislature then reconvened in June and began to work on the final state budget. As the House and Senate performed this tedious and difficult process of making tough choices in the face of limited funds, the Governor announced that an approximate 10% decline in revenue should guide the legislature in forming a budget. That was, of course, even better news. Ultimately, a budget was adopted and approved by the Governor based on this new estimate of state revenues.
   This state budget, of course, required all state agencies including the USG, to adopt a budget reflecting the reduced budget and the revenue declines anticipated during the coming fiscal year.  The Board of Regents met last Friday and adopted a budget based on a state funds operating budget for the USG of $2.29 billion, a decrease of 10.8% from FY 2020.
   In addition to this overall reduction, a key component of the USG’s FY 2020-2021 budget is the legislature’s decision not to include furloughs for employees in the public education sector as part of the budget. This, of course, has two primary effects on the EGSC budget. First, our faculty and staff will not suffer the loss of income from furlough days. Second, the college will not have the budget savings which come from furlough days and it will be necessary to identify other means of cutting costs.
   If we put all of this together, what does it mean for FY 2020-2021 for EGSC. EGSC’s base budget (state allocation) was $10,125,579 for FY 2019-2020. It will be $8,936,643 this year. This includes the overall reduction in the USG budget, increased expenses such as retirement benefits and a reduction of approximately $140,000 due to FY 2019 enrollment (“formula funding”).
   As we think about what this budget reduction means for the EGSC community during the coming year, we all need to consider the following:

  • We, obviously, need to be very frugal during the coming year. First, we have about $1,200,000 less of state allocated funds to cover our expenses. Second, we all know that the pandemic is not over and that we do not know whether the estimate of a 10% reduction in state revenues will prove to be accurate. We must proceed based on our budget with the clear understanding that a mid-year budget reduction could become necessary if the pandemic hits us harder than expected.
  • Our state allocation is one of two major components of our budget. The other is tuition and fee revenue. We must remain laser-focused on maintaining our enrollment to assure that this other element of our budget remains stable. This means communicating with prospective new students and returning students regularly from now until the start of Fall semester about the importance of their college degree. It then means working with these students diligently during Fall semester to assure that they return for Spring semester despite the challenges created by the pandemic.

   As I reflect on this budget situation, I think it is important that all of us let our state legislators know that we appreciate the work they have done in crafting a state budget during this challenging time. Our state budget must by law be balanced so they had very difficult choices to make. The budget they adopted will enable higher education to continue to thrive and survive even though we must all be frugal. Also, if enrollment remains stable in the coming year, it is likely that EGSC will be able to manage these cuts without the need to terminate existing employees. This is not an accident. Our financial leaders began to plan for the possibility of these cuts very early and it is that proactive planning which makes this possible. We should let them know that this vision and hard work is appreciated.
   Bottom line: It is going to be tight this year. Also, we have an unusually busy year facing us due to factors such as our upcoming SACSCOC reaffirmation process (which I described to you in last week’s letter). Yet, we are going to get through this together and emerge even stronger.

   Stay healthy and stay safe.
   Bob Boehmer
   President
   East Georgia State College

June 30, 2020 - 4:45 PM • Message to EGSC Students

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Dear EGSC students,

   Impact of COVID-19 on Budget
   As I write this letter, I know that a discussion of the budget tends to cause eyeballs to roll. However, you are making an investment of our valuable time and money in earning a degree from East Georgia State College and you are entitled to know what impact the college’s budget will have on your educational experience. So, please hang in there with me for a few moments as I describe next year’s budget and how we got there.
   The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on East Georgia State College’s budget for the coming fiscal year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021). The extent of that impact became even more clear during the last week.
   In order to clearly describe to you the budget developments of the last week, we have to look back to what took place earlier this spring.
   As tax revenues in Georgia dropped precipitously this spring due to the pandemic, the University System of Georgia (USG) directed all USG institutions to submit detailed plans for a possible reduction in state allocations of 14% for the year. All plans were required to include a furlough plan for all employees. Lower compensated employees were allocated a smaller number of furlough days than higher compensated employees.
   Subsequently, the Governor of Georgia made the Georgia Legislature aware of his analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on state revenue during the coming fiscal year. He asked the legislature to adopt a budget based upon an 11% decline. It is, of course, hard to think about a 11% decline being good news. That was, however, excellent news.
   The legislature then reconvened in June and began to work on the final state budget. As the House and Senate performed this tedious and difficult process of making tough choices in the face of limited funds, the Governor announced that an approximate 10% decline in revenue should guide the legislature in forming a budget. That was, of course, even better news. Ultimately, a budget was adopted and approved by the Governor based on this new estimate of state revenues.
   This state budget, of course, required all state agencies including the USG, to adopt a budget reflecting the reduced budget and the revenue declines anticipated during the coming fiscal year.  The Board of Regents met last Friday and adopted a budget based on a state funds operating budget for the USG of $2.29 billion, a decrease of 10.8% from FY 2020.
   In addition to this overall reduction, a key component of the USG’s FY 2020-2021 budget is the legislature’s decision not to include furloughs for employees in the public education sector as part of the budget. This, of course, has two primary effects on the EGSC budget. First, our faculty and staff will not suffer the loss of income from furlough days. Second, the college will not have the budget savings which come from furlough days and it will be necessary to identify other means of cutting costs.
   If we put all of this together, what does it mean for FY 2020-2021 for EGSC. EGSC’s base budget (state allocation) was $10,125,579 for FY 2019-2020. It will be $8,936,643 this year. This includes the overall reduction in the USG budget, increased expenses such as retirement benefits and a reduction of approximately $140,000 due to FY 2019 enrollment (“formula funding”).
   As we think about what this budget reduction means for the EGSC community during the coming year, we all need to consider the following:

  • We, obviously, need to be very frugal during the coming year. First, we have about $1,200,000 less of state allocated funds to cover our expenses. Second, we all know that the pandemic is not over and that we do not know whether the estimate of a 10% reduction in state revenues will prove to be accurate. We must proceed based on our budget with the clear understanding that a mid-year budget reduction could become necessary if the pandemic hits us harder than expected.
  • Our state allocation is one of two major components of our budget. The other is tuition and fee revenue. We must remain laser-focused on maintaining our enrollment to assure that this other element of our budget remains stable. This means communicating with prospective new students and returning students regularly from now until the start of Fall semester about the importance of their college degree. It then means working with these students diligently during Fall semester to assure that they return for Spring semester despite the challenges created by the pandemic.

   As I reflect on this budget situation, I think it is important that all of us let our state legislators know that we appreciate the work they have done in crafting a state budget during this challenging time. Our state budget must by law be balanced so they had very difficult choices to make. The budget they adopted will enable higher education to continue to thrive and survive even though we must all be frugal. Also, if enrollment remains stable in the coming year, it is likely that EGSC will be able to manage these cuts without the need to terminate existing employees. This is not an accident. Our financial leaders began to plan for the possibility of these cuts very early and it is that proactive planning which makes this possible. We should let them know that this vision and hard work is appreciated.
   Bottom line: It is going to be tight this year. Also, we have an unusually busy year facing us due to factors such as our upcoming SACSCOC reaffirmation process (which I described to you in last week’s letter). Yet, we are going to get through this together and emerge even stronger.
   Stay healthy and stay safe.
   Bob Boehmer
   President
   East Georgia State College

June 23, 2020 - 3:16 PM • Message to the EGSC Community

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   Dear friends of East Georgia State College,
   Accreditation Update
   In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the college is moving steadily forward with its decennial accreditation process. The goal of this process is, of course, reaffirmation of the college’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
   Successful completion of this process is one of the college’s top priorities during the coming 2020-2021 academic year. It is critical to our reputation as a high-quality institution of higher education and is required to allow us to offer federal student financial aid to our deserving students.
   This rigorous process takes over 2½ years from start to finish. The process culminates with a visit to the college by a SACSCOC reaffirmation committee composed of approximately 8 experts from peer institutions in the southern United States. The committee is chaired by a college president. The reaffirmation committee will be here in the first week of October 2020. During that visit, members of the committee will visit Swainsboro, Statesboro and Augusta.
   A high percentage of the college’s faculty and staff have been actively engaged in helping the college complete the two major components of the process:

  • Demonstration of the college’s compliance with the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation.
  • Completion of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) which will focus the college’s attention over the next five years on achieving the goals of the plan. This requirement of a QEP is an element of the accreditation process which makes the process in the southern United States unique and rigorous. This element is not commonly found in other regions of the U.S.

   Demonstrating compliance with the Principles of Accreditation is a multi-step process. The first step in this process was completed in March of this year: Our compliance certification, hundreds of pages in length, was filed with SACSCOC. As required, it addressed each SACSCOC Principle in depth and provided documentary evidence of compliance with each Principle. For example, official transcripts of all faculty who taught courses in each of two semesters were provided to document their qualification to teach the courses assigned to them.
   The next step in the compliance process is review of the compliance certification (called the off-site review) by a group of our colleagues at an off-site location. This review occurred later than originally scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Accordingly, we received the report of the off-site committee only a couple of weeks ago – later than originally planned. We must file a response to this report in the first week of August. This means that many faculty and staff will be intensely engaged in preparing our focused report over the next few weeks.
   Preparation of the QEP is the other key step in the process. This QEP must be filed with SACSCOC at the same time as our focused report. This is critical for two reasons. First, it focuses our college on a critical aspect of student learning for a 5-year period. In EGSC’s plan, this will focus our efforts on creation of learning communities. Second, it is critical because the completion of a QEP meeting the standards set by SACSCOC is a condition required for reaffirmation of the college’s accreditation.
   All of this is to say that many of our faculty and staff have been and will continue over the next several months to pour many hours of time and extraordinary effort into this SACSCOC reaffirmation effort. This final stage of preparation for a SACSCOC reaffirmation committee visit is always an intense and stressful period. This year, it is particularly so because we are doing this in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Accomplishing both a successful return to campus in Fall 2020 and a successful reaffirmation committee visit in October is a lot to ask. However, I know our EGSC community is up to the task and I thank all of you in advance for supporting EGSC during this challenging period with collegiality and good humor. We will get it done together.
   Stay healthy. Stay safe.
   Bob Boehmer
   President
   East Georgia State College

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Updates from the Governor's Office:

April 09, 2020 - 7:24 AM • Governor’s Office extends Executive Order

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has renewed the the Public Health State of Emergency to assist with the state’s response to COVID-19 as of April 8, 2020. The Order extends his previous Executive Orders, which were due to expire on Monday, April 13, for a further period of 17 days. They will then expire on Thursday, April 30, 2020. To read the Executive Order in full, click the link below.

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Updates from the Georgia General Assembly:

April 21, 2020 - 2:14 PM • A Message from Representative Butch Parrish

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   Yesterday, Governor Kemp announced he is lifting restrictions for certain businesses and allowing them to reopen Friday, April 24th, 2020 and Monday, April 27, 2020. These businesses must follow the necessary guidelines set in place by the Governor's executive order and take every effort to practice social distancing to ensure the safety of themselves, their staff, and their customers.
   Please visit the links below for more information:
   • https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2020-04-20/gov-kemp-updates-georgians-covid-19
   • https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders/2020-executive-orders
   It is important to note that some businesses will remain closed until further notice. Check out the graphics below for lists of services opening and services that must remain closed.

   To stay up-to-date on our state’s response to COVID-19 and explore options for financial relief during these uncertain times check out the following:
   • https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus
   • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
   • https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report
   • https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases
   • https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
   • https://dol.georgia.gov/blog/new-information-filing-unemployment-partial-claims-and-reemployment-services
   It is also important to note that state and federal taxes will not be due until July 15, 2020. Stay safe and remain cautious!
   Please reach out to me if you have any questions.

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Updates from the Emanuel County Commissioners and Municipal Officials:

April 01, 2020 - 1:00 PM • Declaration of a State of Emergency

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The Emanuel County Board of Commissioners passed the resolution declaring a local state of emergency:

A DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

EMANUEL COUNTY AND MUNICIPALITIES

ARISING BECAUSE OF COVID-19; AN ORDINANCE TAKING

IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY MEASURES

WHEREAS, the President of the United States declared a National Public Health Emergency on March 13, 2020; and

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Georgia declared a State Public Health Emergency on March 14, 2020 and urged “local officials to do what’s in the best interests of their communities to keep people safe and stop the spread of coronavirus”; and

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a world health emergency and a pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the number of confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 is escalating rapidly, internationally, nationally, and locally; and

WHEREAS, based upon the experience of other local governments in Georgia, a growing number of other cases are likely to occur; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the President of the United States stated that any gathering of over 10 people should be discontinued or prohibited; and

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, Governor Kemp announced that “certain individuals with an increased risk of complications from COVID-19 [were] to isolate, quarantine, or shelter in place,” covering those who “live in long-term care facilities, have chronic lung disease, are undergoing cancer treatment, have a positive COVID-19 test, are suspected to have COVID-19 because of their symptoms or exposure, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19”, and that the Department of Public Health would institute rules and regulations to implement such measures;

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, Governor Kemp additionally announced measures to “close all bars and nightclubs and …ban all gatherings of ten or more people” unless they can assure spacing for at least six (6) feet apart between people at all times beginning at noon on March 24, 2020 and lasting until noon on April 6, 2020; and

WHEREAS, public health experts, including those at the CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have advised that individuals infected with COVID-19 are contagious even while experiencing minor or no symptoms and implored leaders to take immediate action to prevent further community spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, preventing and slowing community spread of COVID-19 provides health systems additional time to obtain personal protective equipment necessary to protect healthcare workers and medical equipment necessary to treat COVID-19, and is therefore vital to the health of the nation;

WHEREAS, in the judgment of Emanuel County and its Municipalities, there exist emergency circumstances located within its jurisdiction requiring extraordinary and immediate response for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the community, the state, and the nation; and

WHEREAS, it is essential for the governing authority of the Emanuel County Commissioners and Municipal Officials to act immediately in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to prevent or minimize sickness, injury, or death, to people and damage to property resulting from this public health crisis; and

WHEREAS, O.C.G.A. § 38-3-28 provides the political subdivisions of this state with the authority to make, amend, and rescind such orders, rules, and regulations as may be necessary for emergency management purposes to supplement rules and regulations promulgated by the Governor during a State of Emergency; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court has previously held that “upon the principle of self-defense, of paramount necessity, a community has the right to protect itself against an epidemic of disease which threatens the safety of its members”; and

WHEREAS, the Emanuel County Code and Municipal Charters provide the governing authority with the authority to take actions deemed necessary to deal with such an emergency for the protection of the safety, health, and well-being of the citizens of the county; and

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DECLARED that a local state of emergency exists within the County and shall continue until the conditions requiring this declaration are abated.

THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED AND ORDAINED BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE EMANUEL COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS and participating Municipalities:

Section 1. Findings of Fact

For purposes of describing the circumstances which warrant the adoption of an emergency ordinance, Emanuel County Commissioners and Municipalities hereby adopt and make the findings included in the “WHEREAS” clauses as findings of fact.

Section 2. Declaration of Public Health State of Emergency

The Emanuel County Board of Commissioners and Municipalities hereby declare a public health state of emergency within the county because of the proliferation of COVID-19 in the United States and the State of Georgia, which will remain in force and effect for 90 days from the date hereof.

Section 3. Public Gatherings on Emanuel County

For the duration of the declared emergency, there shall be no public gatherings on any property owned or controlled by the County and/or its Municipalities. To avoid confusion, the following definitions shall apply under this Section: a “public gathering” shall mean the organized gathering or assembly of 10 or more persons at a specific location; “property owned or controlled by the Emanuel County Commissioners, its Municipalities, or an authority supported by the Emanuel County Board of Commissioners, which shall include any park, public square, public space, playground, recreational area, or similar place of public gathering, but nothing herein shall prohibit individuals or families from using sidewalks or designated pedestrian areas of parks for walking or other exercise if they are not participating in an organized gathering.

Section 4. Classification County and Municipal Services

For the duration of the declared emergency, the County Administrator and City Administrators/Mayors shall be vested with the following discretion and authority, to wit:

To categorize County and Municipal services as either “required” or “discretionary,” and to periodically review and modify such categories.
To assign specific employees to required or discretionary services, and to periodically review and modify such assignments.
To use his or her discretion to permit employees to telework.
To temporarily suspend the provision of discretionary services and to direct employees who provide discretionary services not to report to work until such time as the service suspension is lifted or until such time as the County Administrator/City Administrator/Mayor redirects the employee to other services.
To contract for and expend non-budgeted sums and services, as may in his or her discretion be required to meet the demands upon government and services of the County for the duration of the declared emergency, including therein authority to spend such sums from the reserves of the County, or Municipality. Any such non-budgeted expenditures shall be reported to the respective governing authority.
To maintain, to the best of the ability of the resources of the County, the provision of essential services, which shall include, but not be limited to, public safety, public works, healthcare, and building permits.

Section 5. Eating Establishments

Restaurants and other eating and dining establishments where food is served must cease offering dine-in services but may continue preparing and offering food to customers via delivery, drive-through or take-out services. Patrons, employees and contractors of the establishments must maintain at least six (6) feet of personal distance between themselves and others. If a restaurant is licensed to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption, such restaurant, during the effective dates of this ordinance only, shall be authorized to sell unopened bottles or cans of beer or wine for take-out consumption off-premises;

Section 6. Closure of Certain Businesses

Gyms, fitness centers, pools, social clubs, amusement facilities, bowling alleys, pool halls, theaters, massage parlors, nail salons, and any other similar facility, any facility used for an activity that involves prolonged physical proximity of individuals, and any facility used for entertainment, social, grooming, or general health and wellbeing purposes, must close and remain closed for the duration of this emergency.

Section 7. Personal Distance

All other establishments not covered in Sections 5 or 6 of this Ordinance such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and other businesses which remain open during the emergency must post signage on entrance doors informing consumers to maintain at least six (6) feet of personal distance between themselves and others and shall not allow more than ten (10) people into such establishment at any one time if such social distancing cannot be maintained.

Section 8. Gatherings

Unless otherwise provided, all public and private gatherings of more than ten (10) people occurring outside of a household or living unit are prohibited.

Section 9. Exceptions

Nothing in this ordinance, however, prohibits the gathering of individuals for the purposes of carrying on business identified as “essential” under O.C.G.A. § 38-3-58, the provision of medical or health services, or critical infrastructure businesses and employees as designated by the Governor or identified by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (as may be found in the Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response, or subsequent document).

Section 10. Curfew

A curfew is imposed from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. effective immediately. Residents, unless “exempt individuals” as defined herein, shall remain in their homes or on their property during the curfew period. Exempt individuals include those individuals engaged in the provision of designated, essential services, such as (1) fire; (2) law enforcement; (3) medical and hospital services, including veterinary services; (4) military services; (5) utility emergency repairs; (6) persons seeking emergency medical services or hospital services and those persons assisting such persons; (7) individuals traveling to and from their jobs with appropriate identification and persons traveling to medical facilities; (8) individuals engaged in the delivery of food, medicine, medical supplies, fuel including, but not limited to, the re-stocking of grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores; (9) news media employees; (10) designated employees or agents of businesses designated by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency as “essential” pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 38-3-58; (11) persons providing necessary care of companion animals in the custody and care of an animal shelter, boarding facility, or kennel and persons walking personal animals; and (12) critical infrastructure businesses and employees as designated by the Governor or identified by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (as may be found in the Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response, or subsequent document).

Section 11. Procurement

The governing authority hereby suspends the bid and competitive portions of the County’s /City’s Procurement Policy or ordinances and authorize the County/City Administrator/Mayor to utilize the single-source policy and to require departments to provide a written justification for the procurement during the effective dates of this Resolution and/or utilize any emergency procurement provisions contained. County/city officials shall continue to seek the best prices during the state of emergency.

Section 12.

All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with the provisions of this Declaration are hereby suspended during the effective dates of this Declaration (or any extension thereof) and the terms and provisions of this Declaration shall prevail.

This Ordinance after adoption by the Emanuel County Commissioners and participating Municipalities and upon approval by the Commissioner Chair/Mayor shall become effective immediately.

ORDAINED AND RESOLVED, this 1st day of April 2020.

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Updates from Emanuel Medical Center:

April 28, 2020 - 3:55 PM • A message from Emanuel Medical Center

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   Message from our CEO:
   Emanuel Medical Center wants you to know and understand that we are here for you. As the Governor is allowing our state to open back up with restrictions, we want you to feel safe and feel comfortable coming back in to our hospital and clinics. We will continue to be a safe place to come for all your healthcare needs. All of our clinics and hospital have the appropriate PPE, sterilizing cleaners to disinfect and a comprehensive screening process that will remain in place until further notice.
   As your healthcare provider, we don’t want anyone putting off your routine services. We will be taking the proper precautions to serve you in our clinics, outpatient testing and elective surgeries in a healthy and safe environment. Our clinics are happy to see you in the office, therefore will continue our telemedicine practices if that is better for you and your family.
   If you are concerned that you have Covid-19, then please call your primary care physician’s office to discuss your symptoms and your possible exposure. Your healthcare provider will determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
   Be prepared to treat the common symptoms of COVID-19, which includes fever, cough, and possible respiratory congestion. Be sure to remain hydrated, drinking plenty of liquids. Sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade contain electrolytes that are effective in combating dehydration.
   Thank you for your continued support to our community and hospital. Emanuel Medical Center and our physician offices are committed to caring for our community. We are pleased to now be able to test all patients that meet the criteria of COVID-19 testing guidelines.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 478-289-1100 and ask for Administration.
   Sincerely,
   Damien Scott, CEO

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EGSC Travel Registry:

March 10, 2020 - 5:27 PM • Travel Precautions

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   East Georgia State College is actively monitoring the current situation concerning Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and taking proactive steps to promote the health and safety of everyone in our college community. Each of you is extremely important to us.
   As you may have already heard, all faculty, staff and students of University System of Georgia institutions who have recently traveled, or will soon travel, to a location designated as Level 3 or higher by the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) must remain at home as they monitor their own health condition for 14 days prior to returning to campus.  See the CDC website for a list of those Level 3 locations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html .
   In order to implement this important step to protect our college community, EGSC is instituting a new Travel Registry effective March 10, 2020. Registration is required if you have recently traveled or plan to travel to any of the Level 3 destinations before the beginning of fall semester 2020.
   EGSC also encourages you to voluntarily register any domestic or international travel plans (from now until the beginning of fall semester) as you make those plans. This voluntary registration will enable the college to understand and evaluate risks as the situation develops. In short, knowing your travel plans will enable EGSC to better communicate with you about risks and precautionary measures and to protect our college community.
   Please click here to register your travel.


Internet Service Provider Resources in Response to COVID-19:

March 26, 2020 - 5:57 PM • Internet Service Provider Resources in Response to COVID-19

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Internet Service Provider Resources in Response to COVID-19:


   Please follow the links below to learn more about COVID-19 responses and offerings from the providers/resources listed (offerings subject to change):

   Another very useful website to add to the list is www.broadbandnow.com  which allows you to enter your zip code to determine internet options that are available in the respective area.

Update on April 23, 2020:

EGSC has joined Eduroam (https://www.eduroam.org/) service to allow EGSC faculty, staff and students to easily access global roaming Wi-Fi.  These Wi-Fi hotspots are available at colleges and universities, national labs, museums in Georgia and across the United States and allow for secure Wi-Fi access using your myEGSC login credentials so that no matter where you are, you can utilize Wi-Fi like you’re at EGSC.  When you are at an Eduroam location, just select “eduroam” as the wireless network and enter your myEGSC login credentials and you’re all set!  To find an eduroam location near you, visit https://www.incommon.org/eduroam/eduroam-u-s-locator-map/


Further COVID-19 Information:

March 26, 2020 - 5:35 PM • Further COVID-19 Information

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   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Coronavirus (COVID-19) page updates daily:

 

 Below is East Georgia State College's current pandemic/infectious disease response plan. This is currently being reviewed in light of the Coronavirus alerts.

       • RESPONSE PLAN

   East Georgia State College's Emergency Response Plan flip chart can found in each office and the EGSC Police Department website in .pdf form here: http://www.ega.edu/police/emergency-response The page relevant to pandemic/infectious disease response can be found below
       • FLIPCHART

Apple Inc. – in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – released an app and website that guides Americans through a series of questions about their health and exposure to determine if they should seek care for COVID-19 symptoms.  The tool provides CDC recommendations on next steps including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, recommendations on testing, and when to contact a medical provider.

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