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For weeks, city and county officials have prepared for the “what if” about coronavirus in our area. Last week, when a test confirmed a person at Cave Spring Elementary School had the virus, a “trigger” was tripped to take critical steps to get ahead of the threat.
One of the main issues now is to “flatten the curve” — that is, reduce the growth of the threat — by taking aggressive steps with closures staff telecommuting, health screening guests at the courthouse and more.
County Manager Jamie McCord says the critical is to remember there no changes with the community’s essential services: Water, law enforcement, emergency services and such. Other areas might see slower response, in part because people are working from home to help reduce the overall risk.
County Commission Chairman Scotty Hancock says city and county leaders have been in constant contact with one another and with public health officials.
In today’s podcst, McCord and Hancock outline the steps either now in place or starting next week. As for what’s next, it depends on the how the virus spreads and whether we see the governor declare a state of emergency (the president did so Friday). Even more proactive steps are possible, including curfews, if needed, says Hancock.
From schools to services to courts to parks and rec and more, Hancock and McCord outline the state of Rome/Floyd County and our next steps as a community.
About this podcast: We thank Brand Red Studios for the production support of our long-form podcasts and Todd La Berge for another superior job producing this conversation.
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