Message from the Mayor: COVID-19 Update for March 16, 2020
Citizens of Kingsland,
This morning our county commissioners declared Camden County under a state of emergency as a response to the CDC’s directives, the Governor’s declaration of emergency, and closure of schools statewide. Our local school system has set a closure time with students finishing class today and at leave for an indefinite amount of time. Teachers and staff will return for a workday on Tuesday (3/17). Lessons will take place via website and email applications. Information can be found on the Board of Education website at www.camden.k12.ga.us
In conjunction with the County and sister cities, I have placed Kingsland under a declaration of emergency to allow specific controls and limitations on public interactions and gatherings. At this time, the city highly suggests and encourages businesses, organizations, churches and civic groups within the city limits and jurisdiction to practice increased cleaning regimens and reduce public gatherings to 50.
Again, if you or your family members have pre-existing health conditions or are 65 or older, please seek to further reduce your risk of exposure as much as possible. As previously announced, the COVID-19 virus could quickly drain regional and local resources should a severe spike in volume of cases occur. With a virus of this scale, the system can treat and respond to more cases stretched over an extended period of time rather than large volumes of infected on a short or reduced timetable.
I would stress that all citizens follow CDC and Department of Health suggestions and guidelines on ways to reduce exposure and decrease transmission of this disease. Information and best practices can be found at dph.georgia.gov/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-outbreak. Locally, our unified (County and Cities) Emergency Management Group will seek to communicate via the website at www.co.camden.ga.us/81/Emergency-Management.
Our Kingsland City staff will be working to reduce interaction as much as possible and have closed some high interaction locations. As a means to further reduce exposure, your Kingsland City Councilmen have decided to waive online payment fees effective today until we determine that the localized threat is diminished. You can access the online payment system at www.municipalonlinepayments.com/kingslandga.
The entire City Council of Kingsland asks for your help as we seek to reduce exposure and eliminate local potential for exposure. While it is likely that local cases are not a matter of “if” but “when,” your help and support in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Dr. C. Grayson Day, Jr.
Mayor of Kingsland, Georgia
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