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Declaration of Emergency in Cobb County - VIEW HERE

You can view or download the Declaration of Emergency here.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY

EMERGENCY DECLARATION FAQs

Declaration Factoids! (March 28)

VIDEO - Cobb’s Declaration of Emergency went in effect last Wednesday and it appears as if it will be with us for a while.  Here’s some information on what the Declaration means to you.

WATCH THE VIDEO BY CLICKING HERE

Remember to check our COVID-19 page often for updates at:

https://www.cobbcounty.org/communications/info-center/covid-19-updates

We have a Frequently Asked Questions page at:

https://www.cobbcounty.org/communications/info-center/covid-emergency-faq

Also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to stay on top of the latest.

 

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VIDEO - Declaration Day One in Cobb County (March 26)

DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY UPDATE (VIDEO) - One day into the unprecedented emergency situation in Cobb County, we are fielding a lot of calls about the Declaration of Emergency and what it means for residents.

We are answering as many questions as possible, and have posted a “frequently asked questions” page on cobbcounty.org.

Watch the video to see what the county is doing and how residents are responding to the emergency order and the plea to “shelter in place.”

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

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DAY ONE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) | Declaration of Emergency

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
About the Declaration of Emergency in Cobb County

CLICK HERE FOR THE FAQ

If your question is not answered in the FAQ's ... hit the "Submit a Question" tab at the bottom of the list.

UPDATE - Chairman Issues Declaration of Emergency for Cobb

Cobb County Chairman Issues Declaration of Emergency to Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public Health Authorities Say the Action Will Help Save Lives and Contain Spread of the Disease

March 24, 2020 | Chairman Mike Boyce took the next step in the county’s coronavirus COVID-19 preparedness plan today and issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency. The proclamation activates the Emergency Operations Plan and orders restrictions for residents to shelter in place consistent with the Declaration.

The local declaration helps remove roadblocks and allows the County to prioritize resources, seek intergovernmental resources, handle procurement issues, coordinate an effective response and work to help County residents respond to this pandemic emergency.

Starting at 12 pm on March 25, 2020, and continuing until April 15, 2020, public gatherings — whether inside or outdoors — of more than 10 people are prohibited anywhere in the county. The county has closed all parks and recreation buildings until further notice.

 “This is unprecedented times for the nation, state and Cobb County,” Chairman Boyce said. “The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. We are taking the necessary steps as recommended by public health experts to ensure that the county is prepared and responding to this virus, and this order helps us do that.”

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting Tuesday where Dr. Janet Memark, Director of Cobb & Douglas Public Health, addressed commissioners telling them this is a critical week in the fight against the virus’s spread.

“We only have one weapon,” Dr. Memark said. “We have no vaccine and we have no medicine, the only thing we have is to keep people apart to keep transmission from happening.”

Chairman Boyce said the Declaration may need to be revised if public health experts do not believe it is significantly slowing the rate of the virus’s spread.  “If we need to consider closing all non-essential businesses and tighten other provisions we will do that to protect the residents of this County,” he said.

To date, there are currently 86 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Cobb County.

All businesses except “Essential Businesses” (as referenced in the Declaration), can operate no earlier than 6 a.m. and no later than 9 p.m. The executive order requires restaurants to close dining rooms to the public and perform only take-out or delivery services.  All Essential Businesses which remain open for use by the public must take the necessary steps to restrict in-person contact and maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals while in the establishment.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY

“We are encouraging all our departments to consider every opportunity to partner with our citizens and businesses to alleviate and ameliorate the economic impact of this pandemic,” said County Manager Rob Hosack.

Video Update - BOC Meets, Hears from Public Health Officials (March 24)

UPDATE (w/ VIDEO)  - Cobb’s Board of Commissioners met in a special called meeting to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and actions needed to keep Cobb’s residents safe.

You can watch the meeting here

Dr. Janet Memark, Director of Cobb & Douglas Public Health addressed commissioners on why this is a critical week in the fight against the virus’s spread.

  • Testing is not the answer
  • Why this week is critical
  • “Flattening the curve”
  • Public safety vs keeping the economic moving
  • Afterward, Dr. Memark spoke with us about what she told commissioners and why she told them to take action.

WATCH HER COMMENTS HERE

Department of Revenue Automatically Extending 2019 Filing Deadline - March 25

The Georgia Department of Revenue is automatically extending the 2019 income tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020.   

Vehicle registrations that expire between March 16, 2020 and May 14, 2020 are also being extended through May 15, 2020.

More infor here https://dor.georgia.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-information

UPDATE - Special Board Meeting Set for Tuesday, March 24 at 10:30 am

Cobb County’s Board of Commissioners will meet in a special session at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, necessary steps to maintain critical county services, and possible measures to protect county residents.

The meeting will be live-streamed on CobbTV’s outlets on cobbcounty.org, YouTube, and Facebook.  Residents are urged to watch the live stream and avoid coming to the BOC room in person.

“We continue to measure the appropriate response to this fast-moving situation,” said Cobb County Commission Chairman Mike Boyce.  “The Board will hear from the Director of the Cobb and Douglas Public Health Department to help us decide how to respond to this unheralded public health crisis.”

Chairman Boyce spoke from Cobb County’s Emergency Operations Center which is fully activated, but with many county leaders connected by phone.  A new hotline designed to answer county-specific questions about the current situation was established at 770-590-5790.  Callers can get answers about county operations, but health-related questions should still go to the state’s COVID-19 Hotline at 844-442-2681.

Cobb County remains on “Limited Operational Services” status until further notice.

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All Cobb County Government Parks Closed

In the interest of public health and to encourage social distancing, all Cobb County outdoor parks are now closed until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we all work together to combat the impact of COVID-19 on our community. 

Cobb County Government Operations Hotline: 770-590-5790

HOTLINE - Cobb County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is up and operating with a hotline for questions about how the Coronavirus situation affects county government operations.

There’s a statewide hotline for medical questions available at 844-442-2681.

Cobb's EOC hotline for questions about county operations is at 770-590-5790.

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COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing in Cobb

DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING TO EXPAND (March 22)

Public Health officials will expand the drive-through testing at the Jim R. Miller Park as more test kits become available.  This facility will still be accessible only by those with clearance by Cobb & Douglas Public Health officials and is not open to the public.

First responders, health care workers, and others in high-risk situations are being targeted for this initial round of testing.

COVID TESTING IN COBB - You have questions, we have answers.  Dr. Janet Memark of Cobb & Douglas Public Health talks about the drive-through COVID-19 testing at Cobb’s Jim R. Miller Park.

  • Who gets tested?
  • How long will this last?
  • Will other locations open?
  • Advice for those concerned about symptoms

WATCH DR. MEMARK'S VIDEO HERE

Cobb & Douglas Public Health is working with federal, state and local partners to expand COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus) testing rapidly in our community. Plans were finalized to offer drive-through testing ONLY for our highest risk individuals, who, if they had the virus, would dramatically impact many individuals in the entire community (e.g., healthcare workers, first responders, teachers, nursing home residents). Georgia Public Health guidelines were established and the first shipment of test kits to our community supported opening of drive-through testing at Jim Miller Park on Wednesday, March 18th.

COVID-19 testing will not be provided to the general community at this time.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath) or have been directly exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, please isolate at home.  If your condition worsens, call your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, your local federally qualified healthcare center or in extreme cases, call 911. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

The State of Georgia also has a new COVID-19 hotline for more information  - Hotline: (844) 442-2681

County Operations

Animal Services

  • Animal Services is taking appointments for visits 9:30 a.m. - Noon daily
  • Operators are taking calls at (770) 499-4136 until 4 p.m. as normal
  • Animal Services officers are still responding to calls across the county
  • Volunteers are still working at the facility, but in reduced numbers per public health guidelines

Board of Commissioners

Cancellations/Postponements

  • Cobb County Board of Commissioners' meetings for March 23 and March 24 have been canceled.
  • The SPLOST Oversight Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 19 has been canceled.
  • Commissioner Cupid cancels Technology and Safety Town Hall scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, March 19.
  • Commissioner Ott cancels town halls scheduled for March 17 at Chestnut Ridge Christian Church and  April 21 at East Cobb Library.
  • SPLOST Open Houses canceled through April 30.

CobbLinc Bus Service

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Cobblinc will operate its express bus routes on a reduced schedule effective Monday, March 23, 2020

CobbLinc is reducing levels of bus service to balance the need to implement social distancing on buses while efficiently providing service to a smaller ridership.  While we recognize that these changes may inconvenience our customers, we believe this decision demonstrates our commitment to slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), providing critical services to essential workers, and running a safe and reliable service for our customers.  We will continue to evaluate service levels on an ongoing basis.  

CobbLinc Express Service – Reduced Service as of Monday (March 23, 2020)

Route 100 AM Route 100 PM Route 101 AM Route 101 PM Route 102 AM Route 102 PM
5:25am Trip 3:15pm 6:35am Trip 3:53pm 6:00am Trip 3:00pm
6:00am Trip 4:00pm 7:05am Trip 4:50pm 7:00am Trip 4:05pm
6:28am Trip 4:30pm 8:00am Trip 5:20pm 8:00am Trip 5:05pm
7:08am Trip 5:00pm   6:35pm   6:10pm
7:46am Trip – Town Center P&R 5:30pm        
  6:30pm        

Marietta Transfer Center Walk-up Kiosk Services/Public Access to Paratransit Building Suspended Starting March 19, 2020

Ticket/Pass Purchases & Customer Service
Ticket purchases can be made online or by calling our customer service agents at (770) 427-4444.  Our customer service call center remains open to receive calls from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Transportation Voucher Program Participants
Voucher Program participants can call customer service at (770) 427-4444 if you need to purchase vouchers during this time. Voucher transactions will be completed by U.S. Mail only.

At this time, Local Routes, Paratransit and Flex are not being considered for service adjustments.  However, we will continue to evaluate ridership and review and follow guidance issued by federal, state and local agencies.

Community Development

The Community Development Agency Lobbies are closed to the public, effective Thursday, March 26 until further notice.

NOTICE: Building, site, erosion, electrical, and mechanical inspections are still continuing on an as-needed basis. However, Inspectors will not be inspecting occupied construction (for example: home or basement remodels, etc.) in order to minimize the risk to our inspectors and community. Special considerations may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Please read this article for a detailed explanation of all UPDATED operations for Community Development Agency, including Business License, Zoning, Code Enforcement, and Development & Inspections operations.

Cancellations/Postponements

  • On-site One-Stop and Site Plan Review meetings: canceled until further notice
    • Interdepartmental correspondence and staff-customer communication will still occur by email and phone. Please email David Griffin at [email protected] for any questions.
  • On-site zoning applicant meetings: canceled until further notice
    • Interdepartmental correspondence and staff-customer communication will still occur by email and phone. Please email [email protected] or call (770) 528-2027 for any questions, comments, or concerns.
  • March and April Zoning Hearings 
    • March 17 Zoning Hearing: cancelled
    • April 21 BOC Zoning Hearing: rescheduled for May 19, 2020
  • April Planning Commission Hearing
    • April 7 PC hearing: rescheduled to May 5, 2020
  • April Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing
    • April 15 BZA hearing: rescheduled for May 13, 2020
  • March Business License Review Board Meeting: canceled
  • April Historic Preservation Commission Meeting: canceled
  • Board of Zoning Appeals Special Called Meeting/Work Session Agenda Review scheduled for April 13 has been canceled.
  • Cobb Planning Commission Special Meeting/Work Session Agenda Review for March 30 has been canceled.
  • The Cobb Association of Realtors has canceled their forum on April 1 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.
  • WorkSource Cobb Mobile Career Center (MCC) visits to Cobb County Public Libraries are suspended until further notice.
  • CDBG Office has canceled the grant application workshop scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, March 26 at the Ron Anderson Recreation Center. For additional information, please contact the CDBG Office at 770-528-1455 or email [email protected].

Court System

Judge Reuben Green issues an order late today declaring a "Judicial Emergency" and ordering a halt to jury trials for 30 days.  That means no jurors will have to appear in the courthouse and other civil and non-judicial matters to be limited.  View the orders below for information on how your case may be affected:

SUPERIOR COURT

STATE COURT

SOLICITOR GENERAL

MAGISTRATE COURT

PROBATE COURT

  • Judge Kelli L. Wolk issued a statement about activity in Cobb's Probate Court:  Probate Court to Remain Open
  • In an effort to limit person to person contact in our License Division, we will be taking applications for a Marriage License by appointment only beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  To make an appointment, please email [email protected].  (If you do not have email access, call (770) 528-1931.) If possible, please print and complete the application before arriving.
    • The License Division will be closing daily from 12:00-1:00 pm for lunch.
    • Please note: The daily Wedding Ceremonies performed in the Magistrate Court have been canceled until further notice.

Cancellations/Postponements

  • Cobb County Superior Court Divorcing Parents Seminar and Family Law Workshops are cancelled starting Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13. You may call the ADR Office at 770-528-1812 in order to reschedule for these classes or visit Superior Court Programs.

Elections

At the direction of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, the March 24 Presidential Preference Primary has been rescheduled for May 19, 2020.

Voting at all Cobb County advance voting locations is suspended immediately in consideration of the public health emergency posed by the COVID-19 virus.  No further in-person voting will take place after March 14.  Early in-person voting for the May Primary is scheduled to begin on April 27.

Votes already cast during this suspended advance voting period and any absentee ballots mailed back or hand-delivered by March 24, will be counted at the time of the May 19 general primary.  Voters are encouraged to submit an absentee ballot application for the May 19 primary to receive a ballot by mail as soon as they become available.  For more visit: cobbelections.org

  • Voter registration for the Presidential Primary will re-open on Monday, March 23, 2020.  Because the Presidential Primary was postponed and will be conducted with the May 19, 2020, General Primary/Non-Partisan Election, the voter registration deadline will now coincide. New and changed voter registration applications can be submitted until April 20, 2020, at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov .
  • Cobb Elections is mailing an absentee ballot application for the May 19, 2020 Primary/Election to every registered voter over 60 years of age. Voters in that vulnerable population will receive a printed application to fill in, sign and send back to our office. Our vendor expects these applications to be mailed out within the next week and a half. Ballots will be ready to mail by April 4 for those who have returned an application. Younger voters who want to vote-by-mail are welcome to go to www.CobbElections.org and print their absentee ballot application. The voted ballot must be returned to the Elections Office by May 19 to be counted.   

Library System

All Library Buildings are closed to the public.

All online services are available 24/7.

Use the Library from Home! Cobb Schools, Cobb County Public Library Partner to Extend Digital Learning Resources

For the past two years, Cobb students have been able to use their student IDs as a county library pass, which will be especially useful now while schools are closed. Although the 16 Cobb library locations are also currently closed to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, Cobb students can still access digital learning resources on the Cobb County Public Library website.

“We appreciate the ongoing partnership with the Cobb County Public Library and the opportunity it provides our school families to access critical learning resources. The more digital tools we can provide, the more successful Cobb students will be while they are learning from home,” said Jennifer Lawson, Cobb Schools Chief Academic Officer.

Cobb County Public Library offers a robust range of online digital resources for all ages. Students and families are encouraged to use the Library from home to find eBooks, eAudios, digital magazines, streaming videos, language courses, and more for all ages. 

Access to the digital resources is free for Cobb library cardholders and through the Library PASS program providing Cobb County and Marietta City students Cobb library accounts. Start exploring the Library’s digital resources today.   

The library’s website also includes a list of children’s authors and illustrators who are taking to the web to offer live readings, drawings, and more. 

“Our library team has aggressively dived into promoting awareness of Cobb library’s digital resources for students, educators, and families over the past several days,” said Cobb County virtual librarian Shannon Tyner. “Cobb librarians and library workers have long had strong connections with the CCSD community, and those communication channels will be open during these challenging days. This collaboration is always important. Today, it’s critical.” 

For information on the limited operations of Cobb Public Libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit cobbcat.org

#StayHome Save Lives

Cancellations/Postponements

  • WorkSource Cobb Mobile Career Center (MCC) visits to Cobb County Public Libraries are suspended until further notice. 
  • The 2020 Spring Book Sale scheduled for March 13 – 15, 2020 at the Cobb Civic Center has been canceled.
  • Cobb Library events canceled through March 31. Community rooms by outside organizations at Cobb libraries are canceled too.

Parks, Arts, & Recreation

In the interest of public health and to encourage social distancing, all Cobb County outdoor parks are now closed until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we all work together to combat the impact of COVID-19 on our community. 

Cancellations/Postponements

  • The April 17 -18 Annual Plant Sale and Expo at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta is CANCELLED.
  • The May 9 Annual Garden Tour is CANCELLED.
  • All Cobb County Master Volunteer sponsored public education events, “Gardener’s Night Out," “Lunch and Learn,” “Thyme to Read Book Club” and “How Does your Garden Grow?” are CANCELLED until further notice. Rescheduling will be considered once public health restrictions and advisories are lifted.
  • Marietta's New Theatre in the Square is dark until April 3.
  • Marietta's Strand Theater closes till further notice.
  • Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre closed through March 31, 2020.
  • The Cat Art Show at the Art Place - Mountain View scheduled for March 28 has been canceled.
  • The Peach State Roller Derby organizers have canceled their opening matches for March 28 at the Cobb Civic Center.
  • Georgia Ballet's production of COPPELIA at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre scheduled for March 19-22 has been canceled.
  • Spring Arts Fest scheduled for Saturday, March 21 has been canceled.
  • The "Airplanes and Aircrews" event scheduled for March 21 at the Aviation Wing has been postponed until June 6th.

Police Department

Cobb County Police Department, based on recommendations from the CDC and upon the authorization of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, is making some limited changes to our operations. Our main emphasis is on that of public safety response and as such, we remain committed to responding to calls for service that require an officer’s presence. However, there are calls for service that do not necessitate the need of an officer at the scene. In such cases, residents may, after making an initial 911 call, get a call back from a police supervisor or an officer to make a report over the phone. There will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Additionally, several of our units at Cobb Police Headquarters are operating under Limited Operational Services. The Records Unit is available at the front lobby at 140 North Marietta Parkway. It will remain open and available to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Though the lobby remains open, we encourage the public to use the phone or website if at all possible to get copies of accident and/or incident reports. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. citizens can call 770-499-3900 and choose a menu option. And CobbPolice.com is available 24 hours a day.

The Permits Office is closed beginning March 18, 2020, until further notice. All current eligible permit applicants will not be able to renew or obtain a permit for employment until the office re-opens. Any questions should be directed to 770-499-3932, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may also visit the permits page for the most current information.  A copy of the Cobb County Code of Ordinances sections 6-206 through 6-208 is attached for licensees and managers to ensure their staff follows the eligibility requirements for employment.

The Evidence Unit is also closed and suspending property pickups beginning March 18, 2020, through April 7, 2020. In the event of an item needed due to an emergency (medication, currency, house/car keys, etc.) please call 770-499-4128, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cancellations/Postponements

  • Coffee with Your Cops has canceled the following dates: March 19 and March 26.
  • The Cobb County Police Department has postponed the Precinct 1 PENS Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 26.

Senior Services

All facilities closed to the public.

Meals on Wheels delivery still going on. If there are questions, please call 770-528-5355

Sheriff's Office

Cobb Sheriff’s Office prepares for Covid-19

The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor the Covid-19 situation and has developed plans to allow us to react quickly in this ever-changing atmosphere. We are committed to doing our part by working with the Cobb/Douglas Public Health Department and Wellstar Health Systems while closely following their recommendations to ensure the health and well-being of our staff and inmates. We have no reported cases of Covid-19 in our facilities at this time.

Increased attention has been placed on the screening process of those individuals brought to our facility with a more in-depth questioning of past travels and health concerns prior to their incarceration. This too is a fluid process that will change as we receive updates about the virus. We have extended our transition time between intake and cell assignments to fourteen days to allow for enhanced observation for symptoms of Covid-19. We are looking closely at our visitation process and how it can be modified during this time so as to minimize the possibility of passing the virus. We are also assessing access to public lobbies and face to face transactions. Plans are in place that, if needed, we can open a temporary housing unit for the Sheriff’s Office staff to reduce the possibility of transmitting the virus between work and home.

Our Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the judicial staff and partner law enforcement agencies regarding the processing of warrants and orders from the court, to include evictions, restraining orders and other orders in areas that might increase person-to-person contact. The Sheriff’s Office is also actively working with Cobb Information Services in exploring options available to facilitate remote work duties, when appropriate, from home.

Earlier today Sheriff Warren sent out an email to all staff supporting and praising them for the job they are doing and to let them know that they are making a positive difference during this trying time in our community. Sheriff Warren and his command staff are having regular daily discussions and continue to make the necessary adjustments when needed to ensure the overall best health and safety of our staff and those in their care. He closed his email with "We are committed with everyone to fight the spread of Covid-19 in our community. God bless you all and God bless America!"

We ask that you keep check on our website cobbsheriff.org and social media along the county government websites and social media for any changes that may affect you during this time.

Glenn Daniel, Cobb County Sheriff’s Office
Cell: 678-634-4651
Desk: 770-421-6796
Email: [email protected]

Tax Commissioner's Office

Due to the latest public health guidelines regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus and rapidly changing protocols as issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), effective Wednesday, March 18, all Cobb County Tax Commissioner’s Offices will be closed to the public until further notice.

The Tax Commissioner’s leadership team is currently working to evaluate the best way to serve Cobb County residents. “Right now, our top priority is ensuring we are doing our part in protecting the public and our employees,” said Tax Commissioner Carla Jackson. “We are following the recommendations for social distancing and adjusting the working hours of employees as deemed necessary.”

Effective Wednesday, March 18, motor vehicle-related penalties will be postponed and/or waived until the following business day when normal operations are resumed.

Although we will be unable to complete in-person services, our staff will be diligently working to cover phones, mail and dropbox transactions. Residents are urged to visit cobbtax.org where they can complete many motor vehicle services online. This includes:

  • Renew vehicle registration
  • Replace registration
  • Cancel registration
  • Change address
  • Pay insurance fines
  • Register a vehicle that does not require a title
  • Duplicate receipts for all motor vehicle transactions can be printed online. Residents may also renew vehicle registrations and receive tag decals at one of the self-service tag kiosks throughout the state. For Kroger tag kiosks, please check their website at kroger.com for the most current store hours.
  • For those looking to submit a property tax payment, the following methods can be used:
  • Online at cobbtax.org via e-check, debit or credit card (processing fees apply)
    • Automated system by phone at 1-866-PAY-COBB (1-866-729-2622) (processing fees apply, depending on payment selection)
    • Mail to P.O. Box 100127, Marietta, GA 30061
    • Drop boxes at the Whitlock Avenue location and the South Cobb Government Service Center
  • For mobile homes transactions:
    • Drop boxes at the Whitlock Avenue location and the South Cobb Government Service Center; all transactions must be in an envelope and no cash payments accepted
    • Mail to P.O. Box 100127, Marietta, GA 30061

Duplicate receipts for any property tax transactions can be mailed or emailed. A current email address is strongly encouraged to utilize this option. Basic homestead applications and other property tax forms can also be completed online at cobbtax.org under the “Property Tax Forms” section of the website.
Please follow @CobbTax on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

Water System

Cobb County Water System has entered limited operations to comply with social distancing recommendations to safeguard the public and employees during the COVID-19 public health crisis.  During this time your water remains safe. COVID-19 is not a water borne disease.

Cobb Water is still providing essential services, just doing so with a reduced staff.  

  • Cobb County Water System’s Lobby is closed to the public.  Meter sales and development and contractor services will be done by appointment. Information can be found at www.cobbwater.org 
  • The drive thru will remain open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Onsite payments can be made there or left in the overnight drop.
  • The Call Center will be operating from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m..  We anticipate longer hold times and encourage customers to use our online tools.  
  • Online tools are available 24/7 and include applications for: starting and stopping service, leak credits, service transfers, address changes, and new meter installation requests. Email inquiries or concerns at [email protected]
  • Our new payment site has account information and you can set up reminders and autopayments.  First time users can register, creating a user ID and password on our Bill Pay page
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Community Resources

Social Security Offices to Close

The Social Security Adminstration has closed all of its offices.  For more and what to do visit:

https://socialsecurityofficenear.me/coronavirus-covid19/

United Way Resources

United Way 211 for help –  The 2-1-1 Contact Center is a free information and referral resource that connects people to the essential health and human services they need.   Text, chat live, email, search the device, download the mobile app to seek help.

unitedwayatlanta.org/need-help

Donations
 
To donate visit unitedwayatlanta.org.

211 is here to help

For those seeking resources/services during this time – the easiest and quickest way to access is text "211od" to 898-211.  Follow the prompts and it is immediate.  I went through it myself yesterday with a few different scenarios.  The online database is also another quick resource – 211online.unitedwayatlanta.org

Volunteer – in a socially distant way

There is still much that can be done to help.  See volunteer opportunities here:  unitedwayatlanta.org/upcoming-volunteer-opportunities

unitedwayatlanta.org/coronavirus

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Recommendations from Cobb & Douglas Public Health, GA Dept. of Public Health, and the CDC

Cobb County officials are staying in close contact with our colleagues at the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department while watching the COVID-19 virus situation.  Frequent meetings and teleconferences keep everyone on the same page when it comes to developments, responses, and potential advice.

The GA Department of Public Health has put out a good informational packet which you can download.

This is an evolving situation and you can take action to make sure you are well-informed and take the appropriate measures.

Cobb Community Foundation Resources

Cobb Community Foundation (CCF) has taken a number of steps to support our business community and non-profit agencies serving families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have quickly updated online community resources, created funds to provide much-needed support, and mobilized daily status calls to help support non-profit collaboration to better serve Cobb’s urgent community needs.

CCF COVID-19 Response:

  • MAP OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES: An easy to search online resource to quickly locate community services, such as food pantries. Individuals can access up-to-date information from Cobb non-profits at www.CobbCommunityConnection.org.
  • COBB COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE FUND: Provides charitable non-profit grants to increased access to food, prescriptions and healthcare, childcare and basic needs. Learn more.
  • OPERATION MEAL PLAN FUND: Created by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Center for Family Resources, Cobb Community Foundation, and Cobb County non-profits, to provide food to those in need, help our restaurants keep their workers employed, and provide a vehicle for citizens to help. Learn more.

“Cobb County is home to a strong community of individuals who support each other, our local businesses, non-profit organizations, and our families in need,” stated Shari Martin, President and CEO of Cobb Community Foundation. “Especially now, amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, I know that as a community foundation, it’s our role to build and deploy resources to help support our community. Together we can make a difference.”

Small Business Resources

Disaster-relief loans for small business

SBA Loan Application

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Georgia small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by President Trump and following a request for Georgia from Governor Brian Kemp, SBA disaster assistance is now available to the entire state of Georgia. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Here are a few helpful application notes:

  • Applicants may apply online at disasterloan.sba.gov.
  • Please note that applicants are applying for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program, so they MUST select the Economic Injury (EIDL) Loan Option. 
  • If they select the wrong option, they do not have to re-register but they will need to start the application again.
  • The following PDF explains the Three Step Loan Process.
  • Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email [email protected]v for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
  • For more information, visit sba.gov/disaster

Food Bank Locations

The Atlanta Food Bank has a new way of finding food banks. Individuals can text "findfood" to +1 888-976-2232. Enter zip code and they will text a food bank list in their area. If there is food bank in the area they will provide the closet location as well.

Archives

Archive: Video Updates

Video Update - Monday's Cobb Status on Coronavirus (March 23)

VIDEO UPDATE - Highlights of Monday, March 23rd.

  • Parks close countywide
  • Emergency Operations Center running
  • Hotline Available
  • Special BOC Meeting Planned

WATCH THE VIDEO UPDATE

Video Update - Crucial Services Continue in "Limited Operations" (March 21)

Vital Services Continue to Serve Cobb Residents

Even though the Cobb Co. government remains on a “Limited Operations” status, some services residents depend on will continue thanks to a group of employees dedicated to keeping them going.  Watch this video to see what is still operating in these critical times and how some Cobb workers are stepping up to step out of their comfort zone to clean and sanitize facilities.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO FOR DETAILS

Video Update - Chairman Boyce's Update (March 20)

Chairman Boyce updates the county's situation and calls for more social distancing in this video from Friday, March 20.

Watch the video here

Video Update - Cobb Continues Working Despite "Limited Services" (March 19)

VIDEO - Despite a “Limited Services” status, Cobb Co keeps working to keep residents safe. 

Here is some of what we saw Thursday, and some of the changes you need to know.

WATCH THE VIDEO UPDATE

Video Update - Cobb Enters "Limited Operational" Status (March 18)

UPDATE - Cobb County Government entered day 1 of the “Limited Operational Services” status Wednesday. County operations will continue, but on a more limited and restricted basis. Some details from this video:

  • The Chairman says the county can avoid a “State of Emergency” if we continue to follow public health guidelines and keep our medical services operating on a sustainable level.
  • The Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department started drive-through testing at Jim R. Miller Park.
  • County courts stay open to maintain due process.

WATCH THE VIDEO UPDATE HERE

Video Update - Cobb Prepares for "Limited Operations" Status  (March 17)

VIDEO UPDATE - Cobb County Government moves into “Limited Operational Services” status.

  • Many workers will work from home
  • County services to continue, but some delays possible
  • Courthouses, Sheriff’s Office, Police and Fire all operating
  • A drive-through testing facility in Cobb

CLICK HERE to watch the video update to see how county leaders are preparing, and how others are working to keep you safe during this uncertain time.

Cobb County will transition to a “limited operational” status Wednesday that will mean many publicly-accessible buildings will be closed, except for essential employees.  County services will continue and public safety will remain fully staffed.

“We need to follow the latest public health guidelines and advice on how to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” Deputy County Manager Dr. Jackie McMorris said.  “This action will help protect both the public and our employees by limiting the number of people in buildings and public spaces.”

The change in operational status will begin at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 18 and will remain in effect until the county manager deems it safe to end. Department managers will determine which employees are essential and which employees can work remotely. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners approved policy revisions today that will ensure payment to those employees during this time, including those sent home to telework.

During a special-called Board of Commissioners meeting Monday, Cobb County Commission Chairman Mike Boyce canceled Tuesday’s Zoning Hearing saying holding a meeting with a large group of people would send the wrong message.

Some highlights of the status change include:

  • Most public lobbies will close, and departments that take payments from the public will make arrangements to accept those payments by other methods.
  • Lobbies that must stay open will limit access to indoor spaces and require a six-foot buffer between employees and other patrons.
  • Libraries, senior centers, and recreational facilities will remain closed throughout this period.  Outdoor parks will remain accessible, and any restroom facilities at those parks will undergo cleaning at regular intervals.
  • Cobb County’s administration building at 100 Cherokee St. will be closed to the public with access by essential employees only.
  • Cobb County courthouses will remain open to handle essential matters to ensure due process and to protect our community.

Archive: March 15 - 16, 2020

March 15, 2020

Cobb and Douglas Public Health officials issued guidance to Cobb County religious leaders and institutions

Cobb and Douglas Public Health Message to Religion Organizations

Cobb's Board of Commissioners to Hold Specially-Called Meeting on COVID-19

Cobb's Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting Monday at 1:30 pm to discuss the county's response to the COVID-19 situation.  This will be held in the main BOC Meeting room at 100 Cherokee St, Marietta.

You can watch the meeting live via CobbTV's streaming on YouTube, Facebook, Website, or our cable TV channel.

March 16, 2020

Cobb County Government Transitions Workforce to Combat Spread of COVID-19 Virus

Many publicly accessible buildings and lobbies to close, zoning meeting postponed, Sheriff’s Office response

Cobb County will transition to a “limited operational” status Wednesday that will mean many publicly-accessible buildings will be closed, except for essential employees.  County services will continue and public safety will remain fully staffed.

“We need to follow the latest public health guidelines and advice on how to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” Deputy County Manager Dr. Jackie McMorris said.  “This action will help protect both the public and our employees by limiting the number of people in buildings and public spaces.”

The change in operational status will begin at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 18 and will remain in effect until the county manager deems it safe to end. Department managers will determine which employees are essential and which employees can work remotely. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners approved policy revisions today that will ensure payment to those employees during this time, including those sent home to telework.

During a special-called Board of Commissioners meeting Monday, Cobb County Commission Chairman Mike Boyce canceled Tuesday’s Zoning Hearing saying holding a meeting with a large group of people would send the wrong message.

Some highlights of the status change include:

  • Most public lobbies will close, and departments that take payments from the public will make arrangements to accept those payments by other methods.
  • Lobbies that must stay open will limit access to indoor spaces and require a six-foot buffer between employees and other patrons.
  • Libraries, senior centers, and recreational facilities will remain closed throughout this period.  Outdoor parks will remain accessible, and any restroom facilities at those parks will undergo cleaning at regular intervals.
  • Cobb County’s administration building at 100 Cherokee St. will be closed to the public with access by essential employees only.
  • Cobb County courthouses will remain open to handle essential matters to ensure due process and to protect our community.

Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren provided the following about the Sheriff’s Office response to the pandemic:

The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor the COVID19 situation and has developed plans to allow us to react quickly in this ever-changing atmosphere. 

We are working closely with the Judicial Court Complex staff, Cobb-Douglas Public Health board, our medical provider WellStar Health System, surrounding law enforcement agencies, various state agencies including the Dept. of Public Health and others. Our focus continues to be on the health and safety of the citizens of Cobb, our employees, and their families as well as those in our custody.

Attention has been placed on the screening process of those individuals brought to our facility with a more in-depth questioning of past travels and health concerns both now and previous to their incarceration. This too is a fluid process that will change as we receive updates about the virus. We have extended our transition time between Intake and cell placement by fourteen days. We are looking closely at our visitation process and how it can be modified during this time so as to minimize the possibility of passing the virus. We are also assessing access to public lobbies and face to face access.  We have set-up video conferencing for those court hearings taking place at the jail to further reduce contact and create the recommended “social distancing” in all areas whenever possible. When needed a temporary housing unit has been created for Sheriff’s Office staffing to reduce the possible transition of the virus between home and work.

Finally, the Cobb Sheriff’s Office is working closely with Judicial Staffing and other Law Enforcement Agencies regarding the processing of warrants and orders from the court, to include evictions, restraining orders and other orders in areas that might increase person-to-person contact. The Sheriff’s Office is also actively working with IS in exploring the options available to us for those with duties appropriate to work from home.

Archive: March 8 - 14, 2020

March 8, 2020

Mike Boyce Meets with Public Health, Public Safety, and County Administrators

VIDEO - Chairman Mike Boyce met with public health, public safety, and county administrators early this morning after receiving word that some of the quarantined passengers on a cruise ship will be coming to Dobbins Air Reserve Base.

These passengers, mostly from Georgia, have NOT tested positive for the COVID-19 virus but will be tested during the remainder of their quarantine at the airbase.

Watch Chairman Boyce's statement

There is a state Public Health hotline on the COVID-19 Virus you can contact at 866-782-4584.

Kemp: Grand Princess Cruise Ship Passengers Headed to Dobbins Air Reserve Base

Atlanta, GA – Following federal briefings late Saturday evening, Governor Brian P. Kemp issued the following statement:

"I have learned that thirty-four Georgians and additional American citizens from the eastern United States who are currently on the Grand Princess cruise ship off the California coast will be securely transferred to Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia. These passengers will undergo testing and be quarantined for possible exposure to COVID-19. They are expected to arrive at Dobbins late Monday, March 9 or early Tuesday, March 10.

"I am confident that Dobbins is equipped to provide high-quality care for Americans in need while keeping Georgia families safe, and our state stands ready to assist our federal partners if requested. In the days and weeks ahead, I encourage Georgians to pray for the patients affected by COVID-19 and their healthcare providers. We must continue to support one another, trust the advice of the medical community, and remain vigilant.

"My office remains in constant communication with the Trump administration, lawmakers, and state and local officials to ensure the health and safety of families across Georgia and our country. We will continue to provide updates as soon as they become available."

March 11, 2020

Cobb forms task force to prepare for a possible impact on county operations

Read the full article from the AJC

Cobb School District Closes Elementary School for Two Weeks

Dear Cobb Schools Community and Staff, 

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) informed us today of a positive case of Coronavirus at Kincaid Elementary School. At the direction of the DPH, and due to federal privacy laws, we are unable to share specifics about the case.

We have prioritized the health of Kincaid students and staff by deciding to close Kincaid Elementary for the next 14 days beginning on March 12th. Within 48 hours of school closure, and following DPH guidelines, Cobb staff will thoroughly clean and sanitize the entire campus, including buses. No other Cobb schools are closed at this time. 

The District has planned for this scenario, and the students at Kincaid will continue receiving digital classroom content from their teachers using a variety of digital platforms and tools.

Our staff is working to keep our facilities clean, and our schools are reminding students about best practices for staying healthy including practicing good hygiene.  Navigating these next days and weeks will take a team effort, but we believe that our community is well-prepared.

We will continue to follow the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the DPH on these matters. Moving forward, please know that we will be prioritizing student and staff safety in every decision that we make.

Latest Updates from the Cobb County School District

Latest Updates from the Georgia Department of Health

Latest Updates from the CDC 

124 Cruise Ship Passengers Arrive

124 passengers from a cruise ship have arrived at Dobbins ARB base to start a 14-day quarantine period.   They arrived in the early morning hours of Tuesday.  Most will be housed on the base, or at the nearby Clay National Guard Center.  

The second flight of passengers from the cruise ship is expected to land at Dobbins ARB either late Wednesday or early Thursday.  This flight will include some passengers from Cobb County and the state of Georgia.

March 13, 2020

VIDEO UPDATE - From closed courts to canceled classes, the Covid-19 virus is effecting life in Cobb County.  Watch this video to learn the latest on what the county government is doing to protect its residents.

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YouTube:  https://youtu.be/rAskhBIYidQ

  • Cobb Courts have called off trials for 30 days and limited activity in courtrooms

  • Almost every activity and event in Cobb Parks, Libraries, and Senior Centers have been canceled starting Monday

  • The Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting Monday at 1:30 pm to discuss the crisis

  • CobbLinc buses are running, but with special precautions and possible route changes

  • Federal officials have nearly 500 quarantined cruise ship passengers at Dobbins Air Reserve Base

  • A list of changes, closings, and cancellations is being updated regularly on the front page of cobbcounty.org 

March 14, 2020

The Tax Commissioner is closing the West Cobb tax office and moving operations to other facilities.  Check out the following for details and alternate locations.

Archive: March 4 - 7, 2020

March 4, 2020

Cobb County officials are staying in close contact with our colleagues at the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department while watching the COVID-19 virus situation.  Frequent meetings and teleconferences keep everyone on the same page when it comes to developments, responses, and potential advice.

The GA Department of Public Health has put out a good informational packet which you can download.

Latest information from the CDC

More information for anyone thinking of traveling

This is an evolving situation and you can take action to make sure you are well-informed and take the appropriate measures.

March 7, 2020

State Department of Public Health officials confirms more cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, including one in Cobb County.

Read the full press release

Press Contact

Ross Cavitt | Cobb County Communications | [email protected]
cobbcounty.org/communications/news