COVID-19 Update (April 9, 2020)

Gov. Kemp extends State of Emergency

Yesterday, Gov. Kemp signed an Executive Order to extend the public health emergency through May 13, 2020. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The shelter-in-place restrictions will remain in place through Thurs., April 30, 2020.
  • Babysitting, nannying, and custodial arrangements are included as “essential services” and may continue as per normal, though you are encouraged to observe social distancing as much as possible when interacting with persons with whom you do not already live.
  • Licensed childcare facilities are allowed to remain open subject to certain restrictions, including social distancing and sanitation.
  • You do not need a letter from your employer or anyone else to travel Georgia roadways.
  • During this time, all short-term vacation rentals are prohibited.
    • Owners may still personally occupy their own properties.
    • This does not include hotels, extended stay hotels, or campgrounds, or any leases for a person’s primary place of residence.
    • Georgia’s beaches, lakes, and public parks remain open.

ELECTION UPDATE: Primaries postponed (again) until June 9th

This morning, Secretary of State Raffensperger announced that he will delay the May 19th “general” primary election, which already included the delayed March 24th presidential preference primary election, until June 9th. You can read more about the events leading up to this delay here and here.

I encourage everyone to fill-out, sign, and return (either by snail mail or email) their application for an absentee ballot that has already been mailed to your registered address. If you did not receive one, please request an absentee ballot here.

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings when in public

The CDC is encouraging everyone, regardless of symptoms, to wear cloth face coverings when in public settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain (i.e. grocery shopping, pharmacy visits, etc.).  For more information about the CDC’s recommendations and instructions on how you can make your own cloth face covering with common materials at home, please visit the CDC website here.

TONIGHT: DeKalb County CEO to host COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond will be joined by medical and psychiatric professionals, as well as the County’s newly formed COVID-19 Strategic Task Force. The town hall will last from 6:30–8:30 p.m., and you can tune in via:

Questions also are being accepted now and during the town hall via:

NEXT THURS: Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst to host Virtual Town Hall

Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst will discuss the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and other topics in an April 16 virtual town hall. The town hall will be from 6:00–7:00 p.m. via video conference and broadcast live on Brookhaven’s Facebook page. Residents can offer questions and comments live via Facebook and by emailing

I wish all those celebrating a happy Holy Week and chag Pesach sameach!