Jasper, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) confirmed that there are now nine cases of Covid-19 in Pickens County in its Friday, April 3 report at 7 p.m.
At this time, Fetch Your News does not have any additional details about these cases. We will bring you updates as soon as information is available for the public.
The total cases in Georgia as of the April 2, 7 p.m. update is now total number of confirmed cases 5,444 with 1129 hospitalized, and 176 deaths.
There has been one Covid-19 related death reported in Pickens County. You can read about this case by clicking the link: Pickens County Woman Has Died Due To Covid-19
UPDATE : Four Confirmed Cases
There are now four confirmed cases in COVID-19, according to the Georgia Department of Health, up from two this morning. So far, the state of Georgia has 800 cases and 26 deaths, as of 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. The website updates at noon and 7 p.m. daily.
There are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pickens County, according to the Georgia Department of Health, up from two this morning. So far, the state of Georgia has 800 cases and 26 deaths, as of 7 p.m. Monday, March 23. The website updates at noon and 7 p.m. daily.
There are now two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pickens County. One is a male currently quarantined in an undisclosed hospital while a female is quarantined at home, according to Rob Jones, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for Pickens County.
The unidentified man works part-time at Mountain Education Charter High School. He was last on site was March 9. Jones said he has been updated on the situation and the man was not around any students.
“He worked one-and-half hours to three hours in the evenings,” he said.
Jones said there are no plans to change how the county is dealing with the Coronavirus.
“We’ve had pandemic guidelines since 2007, when Avian flu came out,” he said. The guidelines were created by health and government officials and guide officials on what steps should be taken. Jones said they are periodically updated.
Currently, all government offices are closed to the public. The courthouse remains open, but visitors must disinfect prior to entering.
Jones said they have cancelled some meetings and holding special called meetings. The Board of Commissioners are meeting for a work
session on Thursday at 10 a.m. He intends to call for a special called meeting at the same time, in order to handle some zoning cases.
“It is open to the public,” Jones said. “Legally, we have to have it open or we’re in violation of Sunshine Laws.”
Jones said they have trimmed the meetings down to just business, eliminating the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer. Nor will they take questions from the public, trimming the meeting down to an estimated 10 minutes. Those attending the meeting should enter through the side door directly into the meeting room.
“Residents can call us at the office,” he said. Jones added that the two cases are cause for concern, but the biggest concern is those who don’t know they have it.
For previous coverage, read here.
Post from Mountain Education Charter High School
According to a post on the school’s website, the employee was last on site was March 9 and reminded those who may have been in contact to follow the standard precautions for 14 days. The site will be thoroughly cleaned before students or staff are allowed back.
Pickens Mountain Education Charger High School is a school that serves students who do not strive in traditional class settings. Classes are held at night and are self-paced. They will continue on-line learning Monday through Thursday from 4-9 p.m. Only current students can access the online learning platform. They are not taking any students currently.
Mountain Education Charter High School learned earlier today that a central office employee was tested for the Coronavirus. Results from the test can take up to 72 hours and we will inform everyone as we get more information. Please understand that this is NOT a confirmed case of the virus. All MECHS employees were informed to stay home and keep their distance from parents, grandparents, and elderly populations until the test results come back. This is not a time for panic, but a time for wisdom. Be smart, keep your distance from other people, wash your hands religiously, and monitor yourself and children for any symptoms. Working together as a community, we can minimize the effects of the virus. Once we learn the results of the test, a decision on what school will look like for the next 3 weeks will be made and passed on to you. MECHS will send additional information via REMIND messages and post updates to our website.According to a post from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, they were made aware of a confirmed case from a staff member of the Pickens Mountain Education Charter High School for COVID-19.
To see the post, click here.
Follow the Georgia Department of Health’s updated data here.