COVID-19within the Pierce County Community
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SECOND AMENDED ORDER ESTABLISHING
GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON
As of April 23, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp has issued Executive Order 04.23.20.02 “Reviving A Healthy Georgia.” For Pierce County, this means all County offices will reopen to the general public beginning Monday, May 4, 2020.
During this reopening we will continue to maintain the following COVID-19 guidelines for the safety of our citizens and our employees: screen and evaluate workers/visitors, enhance sanitization, prohibit gatherings during the conduct of county business, prohibit handshaking and other person-to-person contacts, require a minimum of six (6) feet of distance between each visitor being served (unless they are from the same family residence), and hand hygiene notices will be placed throughout county facilities. Everyone’s cooperation is greatly appreciated. Please continue to be safe.
If you are an “essential critical” industry or employee, please see the attached guidelines. Thank you to everyone for your cooperation.
For the protection of our employees, our citizens, and in compliance with the Governor’s “STAY IN PLACE” order, the Pierce County Nichols Street Annex, and the Pierce County Courthouse will be operating by appointment only. No one will be allowed in the building unless they are scheduled for an appointment. Anyone entering the buildings will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Please remember to follow all regulations and guidelines concerning COVID-19. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation, patience, and understanding.
CLICK the image headed ‘Pierce County Courthouse’ for more info & contact numbers.
Governor Kemp’s Executive Order Signed April 2, 2020
PIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS COVID-19 COMMUNITY BULLETIN #3
March 23, 2020
Pierce County officials are continuing to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 virus. The Southeast Health District and Georgia Department of Public Health have reported a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Pierce County. There is no additional information being provided by these agencies at this time.
It is imperative that every citizen adheres to the following recommendations as having been shared:
- Listen to and follow the directions of state and local authorities
- If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider
- If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.
- If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
- If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
- If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
- Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus:
• Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible
• If you work in the critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
• Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
• Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
• Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
• Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
• Practice good hygiene:
▪ Wash your hands, especially after touching and frequently used items or surfaces.
▪ Avoid touching your face.
▪ Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow. Properly dispose of used tissues immediately in a lined trash receptacle.
▪ Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
PIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS COVID-19 COMMUNITY BULLETIN #2
March 19, 2020
Pierce County officials are continuing to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 virus. There are still no active or presumptive cases to report in Pierce, Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Ware, or Wayne counties. We continue to encourage all citizens to remain calm and continue to protect themselves and following the credible sources of the Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health and following the recommended guidelines to continue to control any potential spreading of this virus.
The following changes have been reported by some of our partners:
- Effective March 19, 2020, all USDA Rural Development employees have been instructed to telework and will not be manning their offices at 705 College Avenue, Blackshear location until at least April 8, 2020
- Effective March 20, 2020, the USDA Farm Service Agency and Soil & Water Conservation Offices located at 705 College Avenue, Blackshear will only be allowed to have two staff members present and are unable to accept any walk-ins. The doors to these offices are required to remain locked. If services are required please call 912.449.5577
- All group activities, which shall include any games, practices, or other related activities are suspended and will continue to be suspended until we have received word that it is safe to return to full operation. The office is still open, but visitors shall call 912.449.4791
- All other information provided on March 16, 2020, remains in effect.
PIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS COVID-19 COMMUNITY BULLETIN #1
March 16, 2020
Pierce County officials are continuing to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Although no cases have been reported in our County at this time, we will be taking the necessary measures to protect our citizens through the following actions:
- Effective March 16, 2020, all Pierce County Parks & Recreation activities will be suspended. This includes all practices, games, planned tournaments, and any other group activities. The Parks & Recreation offices will remain open, but citizens are encouraged to call 912.449.4791 prior to visiting the office since this is a fluid situation.
- All County Courts offices are operating in a limited capacity until further notice. Many of the service limitations are coming from State Judicial Directives and are not a result of a local decision. You are asked to please contact the appropriate court prior to visiting the courthouse to ensure that we contain the potential spread of this virus. For your convenience, the numbers and websites have been provided below:
Probate Court (https://piercecountyga.gov/probate-court/)
- Weapons Permitting and renewals are suspended at this time
Magistrate Court (https://piercecountyga.gov/magistrate-court/)
- Online Case filing: https://georgia.tylerhost.net/SRL/SRL/ExecuteInterview
Clerk of Courts (https://piercecountyga.gov/judicial-courts/)
- All County Offices at the Nichols Street Annex are continuing normal operations but will be taking additional precautions to protect employees and citizens. Please be patient as the wait times may be a bit longer than normal. Please call the respective offices before coming to make sure the services you are seeking are being offered or changes have been made since this is a very fluid situation.
County Commissioners Office/Planning & Codes (https://piercecountyga.gov/)
Tax Commissioners Office (Tags & Titles, Property Tax Payments)
- General Information: https://piercecountyga.gov/tax-commissioner/
- Pay your taxes online or renew your tag: www.piercegatax.com
Tax Assessors Office (Property Assessments, Plats, Conservation Use, etc.)
- General Information: https://piercecountyga.gov/property-assessor/
- All early voting for the Presidential Primary has been suspended until May 19, 2020. All absentee ballots are still being received and processed at this time. Those who have already voted in the Presidential Primary early votes period will be able to participate in the local voting on May 19th and additional details will be provided as to how this process will be handled once we are notified by the Secretary of State’s Office.
- Absentee applications for the May 19, 2020 election are being accepted and processed
Pierce County Road Department and Public Safety Operations will continue as normal.
Additional information from our contracting agencies applies as follows:
Pierce County Public Library
- According to the Okefenokee Regional Library System, the Georgia Public Library Service has determined that the Pierce County Public Library will close at 3:00 pm March 16, 2020 until at least March 30, 2020
- Georgia Public Library System and the Okefenokee Regional Library System will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and should the time period be extended they will keep us posted
Pierce County Senior Center
- Action Pact will close the Senior Center beginning March 17, 2020, until at least March 31, 2020
- Seniors who normally visit the center on a daily basis will be provided shelf-stable meals on March 16th
- Home-delivered meals will continue on their regular schedule at this time
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agency
- Pierce County Extension and 4-H offices will remain open and will be following Pierce County’s operation schedule at this time
- Many local events have been postponed or scheduled. Below is the list as of 4:00 pm on March 16, 2020, of those activities that have been canceled:
- Using Pesticides Wisely Training—March 17th
- Satilla Cattlemen’s Association Meeting—March 24th
- Ag Awareness Week festivities—March 23rd—27th
- 4-H Coca Cola Fundraiser
- Junior/Senior 4-H Club Meeting—March 27th
- For additional information regarding an event you planned to attend please contact
USDA Farm Service Agency
- By appointment only
- No walk-ins will be accepted
- Telephone screening is in place before appointments will be made
- Please call 912.449.5303 before attempting to visit the office as operational information is changing daily
USDA Rural Development
- Please call 912.449.5303 as operational information is changing daily
USDA Soil & Water Conservation Service
- Please call 912.449-5303 as operational information is changing daily
Apple Release COVID-19 App
Apple Inc. – in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – released an app and website that guides Americans through a series of questions about their health and exposure to determine if they should seek care for COVID-19 symptoms.
The tool provides CDC recommendations on the next steps including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, recommendations on testing, and when to contact a medical provider.
Essential & Critical Workers in our Community
Essential workers during the GA Shelter-in-Place order
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
What You Need to Know
Georgia Department of Public Health
The President's Coronavirus Guidelines
Contact COVID-19 hotline
The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
312 Nichols Street,
Blackshear, GA 31516
P.O. Box 679,
Blackshear, GA 31516
Number: 72031 | Date: 12/06/2007.
About Pierce County
Pierce County, established in 1857 and named for President Franklin Pierce, grew out of Appling and Ware counties' lands.
The county seat, Blackshear, bears the name of General David Blackshear who fought Indians in Georgia and Florida during the War of 1812.
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