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Rome City Commissioner Mark Cochran joined us Wednesday to discuss both the rampant nature behind the coronavirus and what led the commission to adopting a shelter-in-place order on Monday evening.
Cochran, who was among those first sounding the alarm in Northwest Georgia as he watched COVID-19 spread in China and Italy, says the emergency ordinance is restrictive for a purpose. The only way to stop the disease is to stop instances of spreading it, he says.
Community feedback has been extensive and, from what Cochran says, most of it has been positive. He asks area businesses with questions about their operation and whether or not they’re deemed “essential” to contact City Manager Sammy Rich at 706-236-4400.
ABOUT THIS PODCAST: This is the first time we’ve used a system where we interviewed a guest over the phone rather than face-to-face as we usually do at Brand Red Studios. We asked Mark to join us for an update and to help test the technology as well. It does give us the ability to do more interviews and do so via phone, something critical in the days ahead. We note that there are some sound issues on the host’s end; Mark comes through loud and clear.
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