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COVID-19 Updates

Latest News and Announcements

Virtual town hall Tuesday to share info and answer questions on vaccinations

We feel the frustration so many have experienced trying to secure vaccine appointments. We understand many of our residents over the age of 65 have compelling reasons to want to get vaccinated as soon as possible.  

Cobb County will host a virtual town hall with Cobb and Douglas Public Health officials at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19, to share the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccination effort in our community.  You can watch the town hall live at facebook.com/cobbcountygovernment or youtube.com/cobbcountygovt.

This will also be an excellent opportunity to answer your questions. Please submit your questions now to [email protected].

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Friday, January 15

Cobb and Douglas Public Health will be taking appointments for next week to get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for those in the current risk group.
Please see their latest update with links here:  https://mailchi.mp/dph/covid-19-update-january-15-2021?e=3a2659dbfa

Remember:
  - They will only take appointments for the following week due to uncertainty about supply after that.
  - Due to the high demand for appointments the website or registration page may not be available.
  - Please visit cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com for information on when appointments fill up.
  - You do NOT have to receive a vaccination in the county where you live.  Also, many private providers are now offering the vaccine.  Use webpages like https://dph.georgia.gov/locations/covid-vaccination-site to find other locations.

 

The latest information on the vaccination effort being run by Cobb and Douglas Public Health is being posted on this page.  Please visit this link for more information. 

 

 

Statewide Judicial Emergency Extended through February 7, 2021

The Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court has extended the statewide Judicial Emergency for the 10th time, now through February 7, 2021.  

Read the document in the COVID Document Center (below) for details.

 

 

Public Health New Year's Update on COVID in Cobb

The Director of Cobb and Douglas Public Health has issued a New Year’s Eve message about the “incredible surge” of COVID-19 cases in our area and the strain it is putting on our hospitals.

Read Dr. Janet Memark’s message for:

  - The latest statistics on the spread of COVID-19

  - Update on the rollout of vaccines in Cobb

  - A plea to spend New Year’s Eve socially-distant!

READ IT HERE

 

 

Chief Magistrate Judge's Update on Evictions - Dec 30, 2020

Congress extended the CDC Order’s temporary halt in certain residential evictions until January
31, 2021, and appropriated $25 billion in rental assistance funding.

What does this mean if you are facing eviction in Cobb and what action do you need to take?

Cobb’s Chief Magistrate has posted an updated FAQ about evictions during the Judicial Emergency.
 

 

Vaccines Arrive in Cobb - First Groups Get Doses

Cobb & Douglas Public Health Receives Initial Shipment of COVID-19 Vaccine

Dec. 23, 2020 - Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) has received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and began providing vaccinations to staff wishing to be vaccinated on the CDPH Marietta campus earlier this week. This will be followed by vaccine administration to district healthcare personnel working on the front lines of the pandemic, and residents of local long-term care facilities.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, as of Dec. 22, more than 125,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and more than 30,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been shipped to Georgia.

Janet Memark, MD, District Health Director said, “After 10 very long months of fighting this virus on the front lines, CDPH is so excited to be able to provide some protection to our district healthcare workers so that they can continue to serve our residents while also protecting themselves and their families.”

About Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Cobb & Douglas Public Health, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been committed to the mission of "Healthier Lives. Healthier Community. since 1920. We are dedicated to improving our residents’ quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and safety, providing exceptional medical services, and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies. For more information, visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com.

 

 

Cobb Judges Issue Orders on In-Person Hearings (December 22, 2020)

December 22, 2020

Cobb County Judges have issued orders restricting in-person hearings and activities due to the rise of COVID-19 spread in Cobb.   These orders do not suspend deadlines.

View the order by Superior Court Judge Rob Leonard here

State Court Chief Judge Carl Bowers has issued an order restricting in-person hearings at the State Court of Cobb County.

View the order by clicking here

Chief Magistrate Judge Brendan Murphy has issued an order restricting in-person hearings and further defines the order when it comes to Magistrate Court.

View the Chief Magistrate's order here

Juvenile Court Judge Amber Patterson has issued an order restricting in-person hearings in Juvenile Court.

View the Juvenile Court order here

Cobb & Douglas Public Health Issues Pre-Christmas COVID-19 Warning

Cobb and Douglas Public Health’s Director issues a COVID-19 surge alert the week before Christmas.  Dr. Janet Memark outlines the reasons for this latest surge, and the actions Cobb residents should take to keep themselves safe during the upcoming holidays.

View her alert here

 

Statewide Judicial Emergency Extended through January 8, 2021

The Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court has extended the statewide Judicial Emergency through January 8, 2021, citing the alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in the state.

Read the Justice's Order Here

Cobb & Douglas Public Health Issues "Surge Alert" - December 4, 2020

Cobb and Douglas Public Health’s Director issues a warning on a surge of COVID-19 cases in Cobb County.  The surge alert cites an “alarming” number of COVID cases reported to public health officials this week.  Critical Care (including ICU) beds in the area are critically low as the number of people needing treatment for COVID-19 dramatically increases.  The state set a one day record for cases today.

Read Dr. Janet Memark’s alert and advice here

See Dr. Memark’s latest talk about the situation here

Governor Kemp Extends Public Health Emergency into 2021

Governor Kemp has extended the Public Health State of Emergency concerning the COVID pandemic through January 8, 2020.

He also issued guidance concerning visitation and activities inside long term health care facilities in the state.

You can read the governor's orders in our COVID Document Center below.

 

 

Residents Encouraged to Continue Best Health Practices as Cases Rise - Nov. 24

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 million COVID-19 cases have been reported in the U.S. over the past seven days. As we continue to grapple with the pandemic in our community, Cobb Emergency Management Agency staff is working with our public health partners. All trends are currently increasing, including hospitalizations, and deaths will increase if these trends continue. With the holiday season beginning, the likelihood of even more spread is a major concern.

As cases continue to increase rapidly across the country, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with. Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. To help protect our community and flatten the curve, virtual Thanksgiving gatherings are strongly encouraged. No more than 10 people in one location are recommended and masks should be worn. We understand that many people have "COVID fatigue," but we most continue to follow best practices of wearing masks, social distancing and washing our hands. 

For tips and alternatives recommended by the CDC, visit cdc.gov.

 

Governor Extends Public Health Emergency Through December 9

Governor Kemp has issued a pair of Executive Orders to extend the Public Health State of Emergency through December 9, 2020.

Scroll down to the "COVID Document Center" to read the orders.

 

Governor Kemp Extends Public Health State of Emergency - Oct 20

Governor Kemp has issued an Executive Order to extend the Public Health State of Emergency through November 15, 2020.

Scroll down to the "COVID Document Center" to read the order.

 

Governor Kemp Extends COVID Emergency Provisions - Oct 15

Governor Kemp has issued an Executive Order to extend the provisions of his previous order concerning the coronavirus pandemic through October 31, 2020.

Scroll down to the "COVID Document Center" to read the orders.

 

Governor Kemp Extends Executive Order/Public Health Emergency - Sept 30

Governor Kemp has extended his Executive Order related to the pandemic (through Oct 15)  and the Public Health State of Emergency (through Nov 9).

Scroll down to the "COVID Document Center" to read the orders.

 

Cobb's Chief Magistrate Issues Updated FAQs on Evictions - Sept 22

Chief Magistrate Judge Brendan Murphy issued updated "Frequently Asked Questions" concerning the status of eviction hearings in Cobb County Magistrate Court.  He also updated the general status of the court.

View his FAQ and other documents.

Chief Magistrate's FAQ on Evictions
CDC's Declaration Form
Cobb Request for Dispossessory Hearing

Governor Kemp Extends Executive Order - Modifies Long Term Health Care Rules

Governor Kemp today signed an order that extends his public health emergency through September 30th and modifies regulations regarding long-term health care facilities in the pandemic.

Visit the COVID 19 Document Center to read it

UPDATE on Evictions Hearings in Cobb Following Federal Order - September 4

UPDATE ON EVICTIONS HEARINGS IN MAGISTRATE COURT

Just because the CDC has ordered a halt to evictions doesn’t necessarily mean your court hearing is off. 

From Cobb’s Chief Magistrate Brendan Murphy; Tenants must continue to pay rent and seek rental assistance. Tenants must file answers when served. Parties must appear in court when noticed. Our Court’s temporary pause on hearings only applies to residential cases concerning non-payment of rent. Eviction hearings are ongoing for all commercial cases and residential cases concerning tenants holding over, property destruction, alleged criminal activity, and others.

Click on the box below for links to COVID assistance sites in Cobb County and where you can reach out for help.

Click here to view the CDC Order

IMPORTANT LINKS - COVID Spreads: Do you have the symptoms?

The CDC has recently expanded the symptoms of COVID-19, and more people are testing positive.  Do you have any symptoms?  Do you know how to get tested?   Check the following links for crucial information.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST LIST OF SYMPTOMS

CLICK HERE FOR WHERE YOU LIVE, LEARN & PLAY INFORMATION

CLICK HERE FOR WORKPLACE AND BUSINESS GUIDANCE

CLICK HERE FOR TESTING AND QUARANTINE INFORMATION

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST GEORGIA STATISTICS ON COVID-19

CLICK HERE FOR COBB STATISTICS AND INFORMATION

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Cobb COVID-19 Assistance Center

Cobb County is using federal CARES money and working with our partner groups and organizations to provide assistance to residents and county businesses impacted by the pandemic.

Check out our resource page to see the programs and groups available to help.

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COVID-19 Resource & Data Hub

Our Focus: Providing Data and Resources. 
 

View information, statistics, local updates, and breaking news regarding COVID-19 in Cobb County.

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Cobb COVID Document Center

Read important documents here!

∙ Governor's Executive Orders
∙ Judicial Emergency Declarations
∙ Public Health alerts
∙ County Declarations and Orders ...and more

County Operations

Animal Services

Effective immediately, visits to Cobb Animal Services will be by appointment only.

•             Visits by appointment only during these hours:   10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday - Sunday

•             Phone inquiries by calling 770-499-4136 during these hours:   10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday - Sunday

For round-the-clock info visit cobbcounty.org/pets or email [email protected]

Your health and safety is important to us. Please observe social distancing guidelines when visiting the facility.

Board of Commissioners

Please visit www.cobbcounty.org/meetings for the latest status of the Board of Commissioners and other county meetings.

CobbLinc Bus Service

Please visit this site to check on the status of CobbLinc routes during the pandemic.

Community Development

Community Development Agency lobbies are currently observing public health guidelines for the safety of our customers. 
Customers are encouraged to continue using all online services -  saving time, skipping lines, and saving gas.  Everyone entering the building will be required to undergo screening. Visitors are advised to wear masks and must maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from other visitors and County employees.

Notice: Effective June 1, 2020, Development and Inspections staff is resuming inspections inside occupied homes or businesses (for instance, basement remodels, etc.) with certain additional protocols in place in order to minimize the risk to our inspectors and the community. These include:

•             Homes must be vacant while the inspector is conducting the inspection

•             Customers must maintain social distance, a minimum of 6’

•             Inspectors must wear masks while in all buildings that are being occupied

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.

Court System

Cobb's courts are operating under the Statewide Judicial Emergency.

If you have a case you should contact the appropriate court to check the status.

Elections

See cobbelections.org for the latest on absentee voting, advance voting, and changes to precincts on election day

Library System

Some libraries are open, but with social media restrictions.

See cobbcat.org for the latest on the status of your library branch.

Parks, Arts, & Recreation

Cobb outdoors parks are open.

Most indoor activities are still postponed.

Police Department

Central Records:

Beginning Monday, June 15, 2020, the Central Records Unit will be open to the public under new social distancing guidelines. The Central Records Unit is located at the front lobby of Police Headquarters at 140 North Marietta Parkway. The office hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. We encourage the public to use our website or phone services to obtain copies of accident and/or incident reports in order to avoid delays. Citizens can call 770-499-3900 and choose a menu option. CobbPolice.com is available 24 hours a day.

Permits Unit:

The Permits Office will re-open to the public on Monday, June 15, 2020, under new social distancing guidelines. The office hours will be Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. From June 15th - June 30th the permits office will focus only on NEW permits. We will assist customers who have never been issued a permit or who were issued a permit more than 2 years ago. Starting on Wednesday, July 1st, we will begin serving customers who need to renew their permits. You may also visit the permits page for the most current information. Any questions should be directed to 770-499-3932.

Evidence Unit:

The Evidence Unit will re-open to the public on Monday, June 15, 2020, under new social distancing guidelines. Property pickups will be by appointment only on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 770-499-4128, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to obtain an appointment.

Senior Services

Beginning Monday, October 5, the senior centers will operate on a limited status Monday-Thursday (9 a.m. -3 p.m.) and be closed to the public on Friday until further notice. We will also continue to offer virtual programming, which may be found on our website, CobbSeniors.org.

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

All Cobb County Tax Commissioner’s Office locations have officially re-opened to the public as of Monday, June 8, 2020, with normal business hours of Monday - Friday 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

To ensure you have the latest information as we navigate our new operating environment, we have created a COVID-19 information hub. Here you can find the latest information about how we are responding to COVID-19, review our new processes and procedures, learn how to prepare for a visit to one of our offices, get answers to frequently-asked-questions, and more. 

Water System

Cobb County Water System continues 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 waterborne disease.

  • Cobb County Water System’s drive-thru and lobbies are open.  Meter sales and development and contractor services are being done by appointment. Information can be found at cobbwater.org 
  • The Call Center is 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, and create a user ID and password on our Bill Pay page

Community Resources

Public Health Info and Recommendations

Recommendations: Cobb and Douglas Public Health has issued new guidelines during this pandemic.

Medical Information: 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. 

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

COVID-19 Community Reference Guide

Our resource list for individuals & companies affected by COVID-19 can be downloaded by clicking here.

Cobb County Community Services Board

Cobb County Community Services Board remains open to help those with Behavioral Health Challenges.

View the news release and more information

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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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.”

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.

Press Contact

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