Bartow state of emergency: Resolution forces restaurants to offer takeout only, limits places of assembly including gyms, movie theaters. Employee at Bartow school tests positive. Bartow County Jail cancels visits. Updates from City of Emerson.

Bartow state of emergency: Resolution forces restaurants to offer takeout only, limits places of assembly including gyms, movie theaters. Employee at Bartow school tests positive. Bartow County Jail cancels visits. Updates from City of Emerson.

Cartersville and Bartow County (and all muncipalities) approve state of emergency and public health emergy declaration now in effect through April 4 (unless extended): Click here

Signed by County Commission Steve Taylor and Cartersville Mayor Matt Santiti, the resolution states:

  • All restaurants, bars and businesses that sell food/beverage shall close to in-dining. Orders restaurants to switch to takeout orders only.
  • Customer contact is limited to no more than 10 people in an establishment at a time and each kept at a six-foot distance.
  • Public parks with groups of 10 or more are banned with the exception of the trail system.
  • Places of assembly including gyms, movie theaters, clubs and theaters shall limit gathers to no more than 10 people at any one time or event

This resolution does not apply to grocery stores, drug stores or stores providing goods to customers.

Friday evening update from Bartow County Schools: The Bartow County School System has been notified by public health officials of a confirmed employee COVID-19 case at Hamilton Crossing Elementary School. The Department of Public Health has a team of epidemiologists investigating and assisting in the notification of staff and students who were at risk for possible exposure. We are making every effort to keep you as informed as possible, while also respecting and adhering to pertinent privacy laws.

This information does not impact our meal services offered at Hamilton Crossing Elementary School during the extended school closure. All facilities and meal distribution materials are thoroughly cleaned daily using commercial grade disinfectants approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 has had no exposure to school nutrition services or meal distribution.

As you know through our frequent and ongoing communication, the Bartow County School System already had a plan in place as it relates to this specific event and it is being properly followed to ensure complete safety of our staff and students. All recommendations and requirements from the CDC and DHP are also being followed, as we communicate frequently and take every precaution possible to safeguard clean environments for all.

Please continue to follow our Facebook page and website,, for the latest information regarding this health issue and its effect on our schools. Thank you for your confidence and support of the Bartow County School System during this unprecedented time.

From Bartow County Sheriff’s Office: Effective tomorrow (Saturday, March 21st) there will be no more onsite visitation for inmates until further notice. There will be one free video visit from home per week per inmate.

From City of Emerson Mayor Al Pallone: 

As you all are aware, over the past several months our country has been working together to deal with the impacts of COVID-19 Virus. In this vein, the City of Emerson has been moving forward to find ways to operate while minimizing health risks to our staff and citizens. The staff has been working tirelessly to mitigate impacts from the COVID-19 virus to keep our city operating as seamlessly as possible. These mitigation efforts have involved various measures from canceling meetings that were not critical, to enhanced sanitizing to restricting public access to city facilities. Unfortunately, we have reached a milestone that has caused us to have to take more drastic measures.

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 city personnel will be moving to a telework status, to the greatest extent possible, in order to provide further protection to our staff. In doing so staff will not be at city hall during our normal business hours. Citizens are urged to communicate with the appropriate department through a phone call (please leave a voicemail), email or US Mail. While using this non-traditional manner of working our response to phone calls may not be immediate as normal. Staff will return communication as soon as they are able. We understand this may be outside of the normal routine for citizen interactions however we feel it is in the best interest of both staff and citizens. Those persons who experience an emergency or are needing immediate assistance from the police department should dial 911.

The City will continue to actively monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary to best benefit our citizens.

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Thank you all for your patience as we work through this serious issue together.

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