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Breaking News for DeKalb County


DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond Forms COVID-19 Task Force

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond has formed a COVID-19 Strategic Task Force. Driven by science and medical expertise, the task force will provide professional, technical and strategic counsel related to protecting the health, safety and economic well-being of DeKalb’s 750,000 residents. (Press Release dtd March 30, 2020)

DeKalb CEO Thurmond issues Shelter-in-Place Executive Order No. 20-002, curfew effective March 28

“We are trying to save lives from the serious COVID-19 public health threat,” says CEO Thurmond on March 27, updating the county’s state of emergency with a stay-at-home order for DeKalb County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. This order is effective as of Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 9:00 PM until further notice. (Read the entire order.)

Ways to help: Community partners and charities in need amid coronavirus pandemic

This online article published by Andrianne Haney, 11Alive (updated 3.26.20) helps us to remember that we are better and stronger together when we come together in community to help each other during times of crisis. If you are able or know of others who can assist any of the organizations listed, please pass this information along.

Where To Get Delivery, Takeout In DeKalb County: GA Coronavirus

If you are getting a little bit of cabin fever and just need to get out of the four walls of your home or apartment, here are some DeKalb restaurants offering takeout and delivery.

Message from DCSD Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson

Read the most recent information the School District is able to provide on the re-opening of school, graduation ceremonies, graduation requirements, testing, digital learning, facilities, and meal service plans. (READ MORE)

When will you receive relief? Have student loans? Filing for Unemployment? 

(As reported by WSB-TV 3.26.20. Information from the New York Times, ABC News, CNN, and NOLO.com were used in this report.)

Many DeKalb County residents and businesses want to know when will the relief come and how will it come. As has been reported through news channels, the Senate passed a historic $2 trillion stimulus bill. The bill now awaits approval by the House after which, President Trump would sign it into law. Here find information about the stimulus bill, eligibility for unemployment benefits, and student loans.

Brookhaven City residents to inspire Community Spirit

On Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m., all Brookhaven residents are encouraged to tune into Facebook Live, if they have an American flag…display it, step outside on their porches, balconies or front yards, and join neighbors in singing the Star-Spangled Banner along with noted opera singer Kelsey Fredriksen to inspire community spirit. The City will have the flag raised at various parks and facilities throughout Brookhaven. For more information stay tuned to Brookhaven Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BrookhavenGAGov/

City of Decatur Mayor Issues Stay At Home Order

Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett issued an Emergency Stay At Home Order in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. The Order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 25, 2020, and stays in effect for 14 days until 11:59 p.m. on April 7 unless extended further or rescinded. For more information visit www.decaturga.com/covid19. To view the emergency order, click here.

Rise To The Call of Help

Beginning Thursday, March 26, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. M-F, Emory Healthcare will be operating a drive-through donation center to accept certain unopened (sealed) medical supplies following the recommendations put forth by public health centers. Emory is also accepting monetary donations to fight COVID- 19. Needed supplies. 

“CARES Act” Headed to U.S. House of Representatives

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the “CARES Act” passed the U.S. Senate last night, March 25, and is headed to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration as soon as today March 26. This is a $2 trillion stimulus bill which will provide economic relief to individuals, families, small businesses and other sectors of the United States economy that took a hard hit due to the pandemic. Once this is passed in the House and signed by President Trump, most provisions are available to individuals and businesses almost immediately. (As summarized by Georgia Chamber) 

DeKalb County issues State of Emergency Executive Order

DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond issued the order Monday morning, banning public gatherings of 10 or more people and instituting a 10-person max capacity at certain businesses. Residents are also being asked to adhere to a voluntary curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Outings that are exempt include, trips to and from work, for medical treatment, food, medication or emergency. The executive order closes all dine-in services. Restaurants are still permitted to do take-out orders and sell alcohol-to-go. The order is effective as of March 23. 

Who is considered an ‘essential worker’ during the coronavirus pandemic?

In a recent online article, FOX5 Atlanta published “Who is considered an ‘essential worker’ during the coronavirus pandemic?” at a time when curfews and shelter-in-place orders are being implemented. This article should shed some light on who exactly falls into that category.