Resolution from Rome City Commission demands the governor, other state leaders ‘take immediate action to provide for rapid testing be made available to the residents of Rome and Floyd County.’

Resolution from Rome City Commission demands the governor, other state leaders ‘take immediate action to provide for rapid testing be made available to the residents of Rome and Floyd County.’

The Zoom template from Monday’s called Rome City Commission meeting where members of the board got critical of Gov. Brian Kemp and the state’s overall handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rome city commissioners are signing a resolution backing up their anger with Gov. Brian Kemp and the state over the handling of testing surrounding the coronavirus pandemic in Rome and Floyd County.
Specifically at issue is the slow pace of testing in the community where five deaths already have been recorded and more than 100 people have tested positive for the virus (as of Thursday evening. Rome and Northwest Georgia already have been deemed a “hot spot” for the virus and that was before the five-county death roll reached 24 people Thursday evening.
While praising all local parties involved in the care and treatment of those in need, as well as steps taken by local governments to help protect the community, the resolution boils down to this:
“IT IS RESOLVED THAT, the Public Health Director, Commissioner and the Governor of the State of Georgia take immediate action to provide for rapid testing be made
available to the residents of Rome and Floyd County . . “
Below please see the full copy of the resolution that is being signed by the mayor and eight other commissioners:
WHEREAS, medical professionals have advised that if COVID-19 spreads in Rome and Floyd County and the rest of Georgia, at a rate comparable to the rate of spread in other
affected areas, it may greatly strain the resources and capabilities of county and municipal governments, including public health agencies, that provide essential
services for containing and mitigating the spread of contagious diseases, such as COVID-19, and the situation may become too large in scope to be handled in its
entirety by the normal county and municipal operating services in some parts of this State, and this situation may spread to other parts of the State; and
WHEREAS, the Northwest Georgia medical personnel and professionals have been, and are continuing to be, the frontline leaders in combatting this pandemic, and that the
actions taken by the Northwest Georgia medical community have been heroic, and noted publicly on a State level and even a national recognition; and
WHEREAS, the Northwest Georgia medical and public health leaders, and this Commission acknowledge that, like most Americans and Georgians, we are a society of
commuters and being told to shelter-in-place is frustrating, and may well create such economic hardships on some businesses that some may close permanently, and that such frustration must be channeled to become more disciplined to practice social distancing and shelter-in-place until more resources are made available; and
WHEREAS, the Commission has learned rapid testing is being made available in other locations in Georgia; and that Rome and Floyd County have served as a model
community as to how to slow the spread of this pandemic, and as a result, do not desire to be overlooked as a community where every resource available in other
communities is not available to residents of this community; and
WHEREAS, news reports reflect that announcements of rapid testing is being made available in other communities, as Georgia ranks near the bottom nationally in test
ing on a per-capita basis; and
WHEREAS, the City Commission and citizens of Rome are frustrated as any other person with the apparent slow capacity to process testing and the lack of rapid testing to
determine the extent of the exposure in the greater Rome area; and
WHEREAS, the City Commission, along with the Floyd County Commission and the City Council of the City of Cave Spring have taken extraordinary and immediate
corrective actions for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the City of Rome and the surrounding communities; and
WHEREAS, to prevent or minimize injury to people resulting from this pandemic, the Commission continues to emphasize that certain actions are required, including
but not limited to, the social distancing measures, shelter-in-place measures following the Governor’s EO (executive order), and the use of discipline and common sense;
NOW, THEREFORE, the Commission of the City of Rome, Georgia hereby resolves that a state of public health emergency remains, and is hereby declared that a local
state of emergency exists within the territorial limits of the City of Rome, Georgia, and shall continue until the conditions requiring this declaration are abated; and
IT IS RESOLVED THAT, the Commission expressly recognizes, thanks, appreciates and commends all of the first responders, law enforcement personnel, firefighters,
emergency medical personnel, nurses, physicians, therapists, clerical staff, administrators, and all medical personnel for leading the fight against this pandemic, and being on the frontline; and
IT IS RESOLVED THAT, the Public Health Director, Commissioner and the Governor of the State of Georgia take immediate action to recognize and commend the local
medical community for its efforts to slow the pace of the COVID-19 virus in this community; and
IT IS RESOLVED THAT, the Public Health Director, Commissioner and the Governor of the State of Georgia take immediate action to provide for rapid testing be made
available to the residents of Rome and Floyd County;
IT IS SO RESOLVED, this 7th day of April  2020.
(With signatures of Mayor Bill Collins and all eight other commissioners)
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