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The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening in Georgia. Recent data from the state indicates that 90% of Intensive Care Unit beds are in use statewide, and 85% of those within our region are in use. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients exceed 5,000, which is 60% higher than the previous peak for this illness in August. According to Health & Human Services, as of 1/5/21 Georgia leads the nation in new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100 beds. Additionally, it has been reported that a new variant of COVID-19 that is more highly contagious is now in Georgia.
Vaccinations are ramping up. The good news is that the vaccine is in Georgia, and it is being administered to more Georgians every day. To learn more about Georgia’s vaccination efforts, please visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine. The vaccine brings a great deal of hope for returning to a sense of normalcy, but we are not there yet. Please be patient as the vaccine is rolled out to higher risk groups first, and please be patient in retiring your masks. We ask everyone to continue to wear masks and stay six feet apart when in public. The vaccines will make a difference and a return to some normalcy is within the near future, but as noted above the number of virus cases is currently actively climbing and filling our hospitals.
Based on the current status of the virus and climbing hospitalizations, the City of Chamblee is taking the following actions:
All City of Chamblee offices are closed to the public until further notice. City staff have implemented teleworking procedures to minimize the number of staff in the office. In cases where staff need to be in city facilities, alternative schedules and flexible hours have been implemented to minimize contact and exposure. In addition, staff who operate in the field are required to limit interactions and practice social distancing.
City Council will continue to meet in the civic center with limited seating, temperature checks and masks required. The city will provide notice via our social media and website if there is any change to the normal Council meeting schedule and procedures.
Each department within the City of Chamblee government has identified programs that are essential and will be continued at the same service level during this city emergency. Other programs may see a reduction in levels of service due to the efforts to sustain essential services. Some services may be temporarily discontinued for the same reason or due to the nature of this emergency. Those services will resume when staffing levels are appropriate and based on guidance from national health policies. View the department sections below for additional information on services that will and will not be maintained. Administrative and emergency management staff will continue to actively monitor, plan and communicate about this situation in the coming weeks. The health and welfare of our community is the city’s top priority.
Planning & Development Department is operational. Building inspectors, land development inspectors and code enforcement officers continue to work as before. All other staff members are working remotely. We can accept all applications and inspection requests electronically.
Parks and Recreation
Municipal Court will continue to operate with COVID protocols.
Community & Economic Development
The Mayor, Council, and city staff continue to talk with experts related to COVID-19 and the state of emergency that was declared on March 16, 2020. Further policies may be put in place to continue to keep our community and employees safe. We ask the public to please be careful with their health and be mindful of the health of others. Thank you for your understanding.