COVID-19 Updates at Mayor & Commission Work Sessions

A PDF of presentations given by Manager Blaine Williams at Work Sessions each month to the Mayor and Commission providing a summary of some of the ACCGov response to the COVID-19 response since March.

COVID-19 Response Update


COVID-19 Response Update at Mayor & Commission October 13 Work Session


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  1. Governor’s Statewide Executive Order for October 16-31

    On October 15, Governor Kemp signed the Executive Order extending current COVID-19 restrictions and the public health state of emergency. The Executive Order runs through October 31, while the public health emergency runs until November 9. Read on...
  2. Jury Trials Allowed to Resume in Georgia; Will Follow COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

    Jury trials may resume under an order signed on October 10, 2020 by Chief Justice Harold D. Melton of the Supreme Court of Georgia. The order extends until November 9 the Statewide Judicial Emergency. Read on...
  3. 2nd Round of Grants & Loans for ACC Businesses & Non-Profits with 1-20 Employees Open Oct. 13-27

    Applications open at 8:00 a.m. on Tues., Oct. 13, with a deadline of Tues., Oct. 27. These grants and low-interest loans are targeted to both small businesses and 501c(3) non-profits with 1-20 employees physically located in Athens-Clarke County. Read on...
  4. College Square Closes to Vehicles for Six-Month Pedestrian & Dining Plaza Pilot Project

    College Avenue between East Clayton Street and East Broad Street, commonly known as College Square, is closed to vehicles as of Thursday, October 8 for a six-month pedestrian and dining plaza pilot project. Read on...
  5. Ninth Declaration of Local Emergency Approved by Mayor & Commission

    The Mayor and Commission approved the ninth declaration of a local state of emergency on October 6, which continues a requirement for face covers in entities and public spaces. The declaration continues in effect until Nov. 6. Read on...
  6. Northeast Health District to Offer Online COVID-19 Test Scheduling

    The GA DPH Northeast Health District will offer online scheduling at PublicHealthAthens.com for its Athens, Loganville, and Winterville COVID-19 testing locations as of Sat., Sept. 19, 2020. The new online system augments the existing telephone hotline. Read on...
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5,517 Positive Cases Confirmed in Athens-Clarke County, 46 Deaths

October 16 - 4:00 p.m.

The state Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) case tracker (https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report) confirms 5,517 positive cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including 46 deaths, in Athens-Clarke County as of 3:00 p.m. on October 16. For more details and statistics, visit the DPH daily status report website.

These are cumulative cases total since February 25, 2020. For reference, numbers from the beginning of each month:

  • October 1 - 5,121
  • September 1 - 3,082
  • August 1 - 1,694
  • July 1 - 574
  • June 1 - 293
  • May 1 - 155
  • April 1 - 54
  • March 1 - 4

The Daily Status Report is updated once daily at 3:00 p.m. to allow time to process and validate laboratory and case reports. If you view the data, please be sure to check the area showing the definitions of the information presented. Some, such as "hospitalizations," have different meanings than what may be expected.

Governor’s October 15 Statewide Executive Order for October 16-31

On October 15, 2020, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed the Executive Order extending current COVID-19 restrictions and the public health state of emergency. The new Executive Order takes effect on October 16 at 12:00 a.m. and runs through October 31 at 11:59 p.m., while the public health emergency is extended until November 9, 2020.

Among other areas, the executive order continues to include provisions for:

  • Residents and visitors to practice social distancing
  • Gathering of persons of more than 50 persons at a single location if they are required to stand or be seated within six feet of any other person
  • Sheltering-in-place for those who have a higher risk of severe illness
  • Guidelines for restaurants and dining services; industry, commerce, organizations & non-profits; healthcare; education & children; governments; sports & live performance venues; and conventions.
  • Enforcement of the order

Read a PDF of the full order