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Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and cough. Trouble breathing is a more serious symptom that means you should get medical attention.

If you are having trouble breathing, seek medical attention, but call first.

Call your doctor or emergency room before going in and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.

Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department: Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.


7/2/2020

Official Message from the City of Augusta: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia and Augusta is rapidly increasing. Protect yourself and others: Wear a mask while in public. Physical distance. Stay home when possible. Wash or sanitize your hands often. Get tested!


5/5/2020

Mayor Hardie Davis urges citizens to continue social distancing.  More information here...


4/30/2020

View the replay of the COVID-19 Small Business Webinar.

4/22/2020

Minimum Basic Operations to Reopen Georgia for Business
View Safety Guidelines for reopening Barber and Cosmetology Salons

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4/6/2020

City of Augusta Announces Extreme Condition Hazard Pay Policy for Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

AUGUSTA - The City of Augusta Commission implemented an Extreme Condition Hazard Pay Policy for the City’s frontline staff members during the COVID-19 public health pandemic during a special called commission meeting held today. Eligible employees, as defined in the policy, will receive compensation of an additional $5.00 per hour.

The Extreme Condition Hazard Pay Policy would apply to about (1400) essential critical infrastructure employees across various departments to include the fire department, law enforcement, EMA, 911, sanitation, and additional primary frontline operations.

"Today’s vote and implementation of the Extreme Condition Hazard Pay Policy by the Augusta Commission is a testament to our awareness that many of our staff members must continue to go out each day, leave their homes and families, and place their health and safety on the line to ensure that our city operations are not disrupted. We are appreciative of their efforts and recognize the sacrifice that they are making during this time. I applaud the members of the Commission for their favorable support of this measure," said Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr.

The Extreme Condition Hazard Pay goes into effect April 6, 2020, until June 6, 2020, unless otherwise amended by the Augusta Commission.


3/21/2020 - 4:15pm

AUGUSTA TO INITIATE BUSINESS AND GATHERING
RESTRICTIONS DUE TO COVID-19

Due to the necessity to preserve and protect the public, the city of Augusta, Georgia has decided to impose restrictions on certain businesses and social gatherings.  This executive order will go into effect on March 22nd at midnight and will remain in place through April 4, 2020.  The city reserves the right extend and/or expand imposed guidelines for the health and well-being of the public.

This order will restrict entertainment venues, gyms and fitness studios, body care, convention centers, and dine-in activity at bars and restaurants, and public events and private gatherings that would violate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation.

Per the order, the City of Augusta is mandating all the listed businesses to cease operations by the effective date and time. 

Operations of these businesses, and both private and public gatherings, could violate the recommendation from the White House and CDC stating people should not gather in groups of 10 or more.

This order will not affect essential services.  Those include, gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, food banks, convenience stores, banks, hospitals, medical centers, and laundromats.  Restaurants providing take-out, drive thru, and delivery services can continue to do business.

Critical government functions such as water and sewer, garbage, transportation, jails, courts, law enforcement, fire protection, and emergency services will also continue operations.

“The time is now, for us as a city to act and protect the citizens of Augusta, Georgia,” said Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr.  “This is a virus that has no treatment plan, no vaccine, and continues to spread at a rapid rate.  As a community, we must work together to protect each other.”

As of the March 21, 2020 noon update, the Georgia Department of Public Health has reported 507 confirmed positives cases of COVID-19 with 14 deaths.  In Richmond County, there are nine confirmed cases.  This number expected to rise in the coming days and possibly weeks.

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View the Executive Order here.


3/20/2020 - 4:00pm

Utilities Public Access Suspended Until Further Notice


In light of recent developments surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. issued a State of Emergency for Augusta, Georgia.  Therefore, effective Tuesday, March 17th until further notice, Augusta Utilities is suspending public access to all locations.  

All necessary transactions can be handled using our drive-through at one of our two Customer Service locations, the Kiosk at our Walker Street location, as well as by phone and online.

During this time, cut-offs, late fees, and penalties will be suspended until normal operations resume.

Our priorities are the health and well-being of our customers and employees while following guidelines issued by the Center for a Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  

Thank you in advance while we all work through this time.


3/18/2020 - 12:32pm

Augusta 311 COVID-19 Information Line

The State of Georgia has declared a state of emergency in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The East Central Health District, Department of Public Health and Augusta 311 have set up a hotline for members of the public and the business community seeking guidance on how they can help in limiting the spread of the pandemic.

For those with symptoms, or general questions about the disease, how to self-quarantine, or questions about symptoms, call 311. Operators will transfer callers to medical professionals for advice. The hotline hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 5 days a week.

For businesses, faith-based organizations, schools and other organizations seeking information on how to clean, manage events, or other issues related to the outbreak, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus


3/16/2020 - 6:05pm

Like so many of you, I’m concerned about novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The City of Augusta, along with our community partners that includes the Department of Public Health, is working to ensure your health and safety as this virus continues to spread across Georgia and around the nation. Today, I along with the leaders who stand with me, took several specific steps to protect the health of everyone in our city:

  • Effective today we are suspending public access and activities at all recreation facilities, government buildings and community centers until April1st;
    • We are changing the event permitting policy to indefinitely suspend the approval of permits for public gatherings.
    • City of Augusta permitted, sponsored and produced public events through the Recreation and Parks Department are suspended until April 1st;
  • All Augusta public library branches will close to until April 1st;
  • City of Augusta Senior Centers will be closed to the public until April 1st;
  • All travel is being restricted for employees;

Nothing slows the spread of COVID-19 as effectively as social isolation, as frustrating as it may be. While these decisions are not made easily, and we know how frustrating they will be for many citizens, we have a responsibility to act in the best interests of everyone’s health and safety.

That goes for our employees too. Today the City of Augusta began implementing Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) that have been prepared by our department heads under the direction of the Interim Administrator and EMA Director.

The COOPs allow for some telecommuting in order to reduce the number of employees in city offices and facilities at any given time. Please know that core services such as trash and brush pickup, police and fire services will not be reduced.

Please continue to refrain from large public gatherings. The White House has issued new guidance this afternoon recommending that people not gather in groups larger than 10 people. I want to urge our local businesses to act in accordance with those recommendations as we will for City of Augusta operations.

Stay home if you feel sick and call your primary care provider before coming to a walk-in clinic or emergency room. Wash your hands, disinfect hard surfaces, and avoid physical contact. The safety and health of our community and employees are the top priority and we appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.

Our government will continue to serve the people of Augusta. We are taking every precaution to limit the spread of the virus in our community.

Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr.


3/16/2020 - 4:40pm

City of Augusta leaders and Public Health officials are actively monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus locally and continue to have daily discussions on how to best protect the people of Augusta and the city’s employees.

Today the Augusta University Health Systems announced that one of their employees and a spouse are presumed to be positive for the coronavirus pending the Center for Disease Control’s confirmation.   These would be the first two positive cases in our area.

Beginning this week, the City of Augusta will be implementing Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) that have been prepared by our department heads under the direction of the Interim Administrator and EMA Director. The COOPs allow for some telecommuting in order to reduce the number of employees in city offices and facilities at any given time. Please know that core services such as trash and brush pickup, police and fire services will not be reduced. 

At this time, the people of Augusta and city employees are encouraged to follow Public Health and CDC guidelines to socially distance themselves, wash their hands frequently, disinfect objects that are touched often, avoid touching your nose, eyes, or mouth, and self-isolate if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of the coronavirus.

According to the CDC, it can take two to 14 days before a person with the virus begins to experience symptoms.  Those could include fever, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and shortness of breath.  If you begin to feel these symptoms you are advised to contact your doctor and self-isolate yourself at home.


3/16/2020 - 2:10pm

My Fellow Augustans,

The safety and well-being of all of our citizens is my number one concern and priority. With this in mind, I want to assure you the city is taking proactive steps to ensure the health and welfare of our community. We are in constant communication with local, state, and federal agencies regarding the situation.

In the interest of keeping our employees healthy, our custodial crews are doing additional cleaning of all government facilities and transit vehicles. Additionally, the Augusta Commission and I have directed the EMA Director and Administrator to work with all of our department heads to develop plans for how we can continue to deliver services as the situation escalates.

Please know that core services, such as trash pickup, water, police, and fire services, will not be reduced.

The Georgia Department of Public Health - District 6 / Augusta / East Central Health District has been and will continue to provide guidance and recommendations to our community partners as this situation evolves.

Nothing slows the spread of COVID-19 as effectively as social isolation, as frustrating as it may be. While these decisions are not made easily, and we know how frustrating they will be for many citizens, we have a responsibility to act in the best interests of everyone’s health and safety.

For now, the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to:

  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Stay away from people who are sick
  • Regularly disinfect commonly used surface areas
  • Practice social distancing

Most importantly, if you have concerns about your health, contact your health care provider immediately.

The City of Augusta has created this page to keep you updated on any potential changes to city government’s operations caused by COVID-19. You can sign up to get email and text updates about what we’re doing and how to stay healthy.  Click here to sign up for Emergency Alerts.

Please sign up now and help us spread the word. We will also be using the City’s various social media channels, robocalls, and signage on public buildings to let you know what’s going on. Let’s stick together and make sure that we take care of one another.

Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr.

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