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Union County Government Offices
Information Concerning COVID-19

For up-to-date information about Union County Government Offices and affiliated organizations, please follow the hyperlinks       

 

 

Updated 12:30pm 4/5/2020

The Union County Courthouse will be closed through Friday, April 10, 2020 for professional cleaning due to possible exposure to COVID-19. The office will re-open on April 13.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but everyone’s safety is our utmost concern.

 

 

Updated 6:30pm 4/4/2020

On April 2, 2020, Governor Kemp signed an order outlining his expectations for Georgia citizens and businesses.  You can find that document here.

If you have questions or concerns about the information, you can contact Governor Kemp’s office directly at this location.

The phone number for Governor Kemp’s Constituent Services is:   404-456-1776.

Any and all local ordinances in the state of GA concerning the COVID-19 crisis are void.  All municipalities are required to refer to Governor Kemp’s order for direction.

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Updated 9:30am 4/3/2020

If you think that you may have the COVID-19 virus, you can receive advice and counseling at (844) 442-2681.

 

Updated 11:00am 4/2/2020

Originally, the Union County Government planned to amend the original Declaration to address certain concerns locally.  Unfortunately, the Governor’s order of April 2, 2020 supercedes all local ordinances and therefore, Union County is unable to enact any document to address these local concerns.  We are staying tuned in to the Governor’s decisions daily.

An amendment to the current Union County Declaration of State of Emergency is forthcoming.  It will be signed and made available following the Georgia Governor’s talk today.

 

Updated 10:00am 4/1/2020

As reported by Union General Hospital:

Union General Hospital is providing notice to the public that it received its first report of a positive case of COVID-19 that is being cared for as an inpatient at our facility. This individual was admitted late during the evening of Tuesday, March 30, 2020. The patient was isolated in accordance with CDC and CMS guidance. The treatment plan has been implemented and is being monitored by the physicians.

Union General Hospital has been continuously preparing through its emergency operations plan for the likelihood of a COVID-19 patient. Our team has evaluated the hospital’s supplies, its cleaning processes, its staff and its capacity to ensure safe and effective care to patients. At this time, all suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are being treated in a designated unit away from our OB Unit and regular Med/Surg Unit in an effort to physically separate the patients. Union General Hospital maintains an experienced and well-qualified medical staff with quality facilities and equipment.

Union General Hospital will continue to evaluate any CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance as this public and national emergency continues to unfold. Union General Hospital’s team, including the healthcare providers and first responders, are available to provide high quality and comprehensive healthcare to our neighbors in our region

 

Discussions continue concerning Union County’s next phase for protecting residents from the COVID-19 virus.  Several meetings are scheduled between County officials, other municipalities, and local organizations.

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Updated 8:00am 3/31/2020

Small Business Resources.  Mitch Griggs, Development Authority Director for Union County, explains helpful resources for businesses (large or small) impacted by the current circumstances:

 

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Updated 10:00am 3/30/2020

If you want to help with the #COVID19 response efforts, you can go to the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency website https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help or register with the Georgia Department of Public Health‘s program Georgia Responds at https://servga.gov/

For the latest in Georgia county status with regards to confirmed COVID-19 status, please follow this link:  https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.  As of the time of this post, there are no confirmed cases in Union county.

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Updated 10:30am 3/27/2020

My business practices Social Distance.  New 11 x 17 poster can be downloaded HERE.

ATTENTION: Starting Monday, March 30, 2020, meals will be delivered to the voting precincts on Monday and Thursday from 12:00 pm till 1:00 pm. Voting precinct 1 will now be picked up at the Elementary School. All Woody Gap meals will be picked up at Woody Gap’s Gym. Also, you will receive an all call asking that you sign-up again for meals next week. Please make sure that you do this. Please continue to practice social distancing.

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Updated 2:30pm  3/26/2020

NEW POST:  There was a CALLED MEETING of the Union County Commission on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. located at 65 Courthouse Street, Blairsville, Georgia. The meeting was conducted on the front steps of the Union County Courthouse.

The purpose of this meeting was to approve Resolution R-2020-06 Declaring a State of Emergency in Union County, Georgia.

No other business was conducted.

 

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Updated 1:00PM  3/24/2020

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 or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

Hotline:     (844) 442-2681

 

NEW POST:  Georgia Governor Brian Kemp spoke at 5pm on 3/23 to outline his plans for the state.  We strongly urge all Union County citizens to watch this broadcast online at this location:  https://www.gpb.org/coronavirus.

 

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Updated 3:30 pm  3/23/2020

 

 

 

https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.  As of the time of this post, there are no confirmed cases in Union, Fannin, and Towns counties.

Due to the public health emergency related to the COVID-19 virus, Union County Transit will be suspending service to the public effective March 23, 2020 until further notice. We regret the inconvenience this may cause our ridership and will be communicating future changes to this temporary suspension of service on our county website and our answering machine.

With an abundance of caution and in cooperation with Ga. Dept. of Community Supervision and CSRA  Probation Services, Union County has made the decision to suspend all community service work activity until further notice. If you are a current participant and have questions or community service hours are part of a recent court sentence contact your probation officer or community service supervisor Richard Griggs  at 706/897/2164. You may also reach me by E-mail : cssupervisor@uniongov.com

The Union County Tax Commissioner’s Office is no longer accepting any foot traffic at the courthouse office.  Please call the office or complete transactions online at this time.  Additional information can be found in the hyperlink to the right of this posting.

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Updated:  4pm 3/22/2020

For the latest in Georgia county status with regards to confirmed COVID-19 status, please follow this link:  https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.  As of the time of this post, there are no confirmed cases in Union, Fannin, and Towns counties.

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Union County EMA and the Union County Government wants to inform everyone that we have been in contact with the city government, emergency services partners and private organizations concerning the Coronavirus COVID-19. All organizations have attended conference calls to stay informed and to exchange information. We are recommending that everyone follow the guidelines provided by the CDC and Department of Public Health. Please visit their websites www.cdc.gov and www.dph.georgia.gov for more information and guidelines. This is a fluid situation with information changing by the hour. We want everyone to understand the decisions being made are not made lightly. They are made with the latest information possible and with the best interest of the people of Union County.

What should I do now?  The CDC explains that we should avoid large crowds and that we should practice social distancing.  Please consult the resources found below:

General InformationIf You Are Sick
What is COVID-19?Symptoms
More Basic FactsI have the COVID-19 Symptoms
Handwashing 101.Stopping the Spread.
CERC in an Infectious Disease Outbreak.

 

Announcements
COURTHOUSE CLOSED through APRIL 10, 2020

The Union County Courthouse will be closed through Friday, April 10, 2020 for professional cleaning due to possible exposure to COVID-19. The office will re-open on April 13.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but everyone’s safety is our utmost concern.