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COVID-19 Updates

Latest News and Announcements

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

Governor Extends Public Health Emergency - August 31

Governor Brian Kemp issued two Executive Orders, extending the Public Health State of Emergency through October 10, 2020 and continuing the other guidance issued previously through September 15, 2020. 

Please see the links below for more information:

Cobb's Chief Judge Issues Guidance on Judicial Emergency - August 13

In accordance with the Statewide Judicial Emergency Orders, Chief Judge Reuben M. Green encourages the following alternatives when handling non-essential matters.

For uncontested matters:

  1. Consent Orders.  Submit a proposed Final Order to Laura Myler at [email protected] .
  2. Judgment on the pleadings.  File your motion and then submit the motion and a proposed Final Order in Word format when the motion is ripe to Laura Myler at [email protected] .

For contested matters:

  1. Judgment by motion/brief.  The fastest method to obtain a ruling is by motion/brief.  When an issue can appropriately be resolved without a hearing, file a motion/brief and then submit a proposed order when the motion is ripe to Laura Myler at[email protected] .  Both parties are encouraged to submit proposed orders in Word format for review.
  2. Alternative dispute resolution.  The Superior Court Administration and ADR staff have issued a memorandum encouraging mediation by video-conferencing.  Parties are encouraged to mediate contested matters before seeking other alternatives.  
  3. Pretrial conferences (via WebEx or telephone).  If the facts are not in dispute and counsel agree, a pretrial conference can be scheduled by contacting Traci Hatfield at 770-528-1860 or  [email protected] or Laura Myler at 770-528-1890 or[email protected].  Please be ready with time announcement and conflicts for all counsel on record. 
  4. Hearings (via video conferencing or in person). To request a hearing, please complete our hearing request form and email the other party with the information you provided.   

If you have questions about other matters, including handling emergency matters, contact us at the phone numbers or email addresses listed above.

Cobb's Chief Judge Issues Orders After COVID Cases - July 10

Following several COVID cases reported among courthouse personnel, Chief Judge Reuben Green issued several orders today reiterating the desire to have most matters handled remotely or through alternative methods.

View the Judge's "Notice to the Bar and Public Regarding Safety at the Courthouse"

2020 07-10 JUDGE ORDER SAFETY

View the Judge's "Alternatives When Handling Non-Essential Matters"

Handling Non-Essential Matters

View the Judge's "Adjournment Order for May/June Grand Jury Panel"

Adjournment 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 PERSONAL AND BUSINESS PROTECTION ADVICE

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

Cobb Senior Services is committed to providing a safe and healthy experience for you. Since we serve a more vulnerable population, the decision to reopen our senior centers has been postponed and is being evaluated regularly.

In the meantime, we are hosting activities such as exercise, crafts, guitar lessons and educational programs on Facebook. Please visit CobbSeniors.org often to see updated activities.

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