COVID-19 Response Update 081120 Work Session
  1. Athens CARES Funding of $6.6 Million

    On August 11, 2020, the ACCGov Mayor and Commission authorized the execution of the Coronavirus Relief Fund terms and conditions agreement and disbursement of $5.29 million funds for a variety of community services through December 30, 2020. Read on...
  2. Update on Courts & Courthouse Operations (Updated August 13)

    In order to help minimize exposure and contacts, the ACCGov courts and the Western Judicial Circuit will scale back court-related operations through September 10 Read on...
  3. Governor's Order - July 31 - Empowering a Healthy Georgia (Aug. 1-15)

    The Governor's Order issued on July 31, 2020 provides additional guidance for August 1-15. Read on...
  4. Sixth Declaration of Local Emergency Approved by Mayor & Commission on July 30

    The Mayor and Commission approved a sixth declaration of a local state of emergency at a Special Called Session on Thursday, June 30. The declaration includes some additions and clarifications from previous declarations. Read on...
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2,166 Positive Cases Confirmed in Athens-Clarke County, 19 Deaths

August 13 - 6:15 p.m.

The state Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) case tracker ( confirms 2,166 positive cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including 19 deaths, in Athens-Clarke County as of 3:00 p.m. on August 13. For more details and statistics, visit the DPH website.

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

  • August 1 - 1,694
  • July 1 - 574
  • June 1 - 293
  • May 1 - 155
  • April 1 - 54
  • March 1 - 4

An additional death was reported August 11 of a 62 year old white male for 19 deaths. Eleven of the deaths occurred at a long-term care facility during March and April. For a daily report on long-term health care facilities in the state, visit the Georgia Department of Community Health’s website at

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 and should always consult their healthcare provider if they are sick.

The Northeast Health District Epidemiology team works to identify and notify any close contacts who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

For updated information on COVID-19, visit or

Governor’s July 31 Statewide Executive Order for August 1-15

The 41-page July 31 Executive Order from Governor Kemp continues to require social distancing, bans gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is six feet between each person, outlines mandatory criteria for businesses, and requires sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile. The order runs through 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2020. 

Read a PDF of the full order.