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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2020
DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond Forms COVID-19 Task Force
Task force driven by medical and scientific expertise
DECATUR, Ga.—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.
Top medical experts will include David Ross, president and CEO of The Task Force for Global Health, and Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford, district director of the DeKalb Board of Health.
The task force will host its inaugural meeting virtually Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 10 a.m.
“This pandemic is a fluid situation with no standard playbook or set of rules,” CEO Thurmond said. “During this critical time in the life of our county, it is important to gather the best information and advice from experts to help us save lives and restart our economy.”
Members of this task force will include the Board of Commissioners Presiding Officer Steve Bradshaw and two commissioners, representatives of the DeKalb County School District, the DeKalb State House and Senate Delegations, DeKalb Municipal Association, DeKalb public safety leaders and economic development experts. Other members may include business and civic leaders, educational institutions, faith organizations, and human services professionals.
The task force is authorized by Executive Order 20-001 issued March 23, 2020, in response to the public health and economic emergency within DeKalb County due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The meeting can be accessed via:
- Comcast Cable Channel 23 in DeKalb County
Members of the task force (still being assembled) include:
Board of Commissioners
DeKalb County School District