Whether with foreboding or chagrin, we are all facing a new reality after the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these times, one worry you should not have is in the certainty of basic public services provided by DeKalb County Government. We in the District 2 office remain ready to serve you, and to insure your needs are met. Armed with the information below, please don’t hesitate to call us at 404/371-2863, or contact us via email at [email protected] should you need assistance.
Basic county services, including water, sewer and sanitation continue uninterrupted, and Departmental Staff remain available via phone or email as listed on the County Website. Each County Department has posted a COVID-19 response message to their web page. To reduce exposure to viral transmission, the County has suspended direct customer contact, and all County buildings are closed to the public. All public gatherings have been suspended, so County Senior Centers are currently closed, except for those that provide congregant meals nutrition assistance, where carry away meals will be available for registered clients from 10 am to 1 pm. Meals on Wheels distribution continues without interruption. Recreation Centers are likewise closed, but outdoor areas of parks remain open. First responders in the police and fire/rescue department remain on duty at full force, with personal protective equipment enhanced to meet the crisis. The Courts have recessed public proceedings until April 13th, but remain active in non-contact activities. A Judicial Order has been issued with details. The County Jail has suspended in-person visitation, except for attorney client meetings or specially approved circumstances, but one free video visit per week has been substituted. Board of Health Centers remain open, but as with all suspected COVID-19 cases, a call ahead of a visit is required.
For more details on the County’s response to the COVID -19 crisis: https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/Covid-19/Response.
Construction activity on County roads and other public works are contingent on the policies of the contracting firms performing contracts. The county has not enjoined their work. County public works crews remain at work, subject to conditions. Likewise, DeKalb County is not limiting business activity, instead leaving decisions on the closure of restaurants and other businesses to those private interests or the State, which can appropriately act in a comprehensive manner. Business licensing, building permits and inspections continue but with process changes as detailed on the County website.
These are trying times, and no-one can say when normalcy will return, but thinking clearly and working together, we can look forward to new information, treatments and policies that can help put the pandemic behind us. Until then, please protect yourself and those dear to you, and call on us to help.