Mary Margaret Oliver
Email Newsletter
 
March 21, 2020
 
RESPONDING TO COVID

Henry and I are doing fine, and we hope you are.

Being at the dog park and seeing families walking together have replaced the tense Capitol meetings of Monday and last week. (Dogs don't practice social distancing, but Henry is trying.)

Based on directions from Speaker Ralston, I am self-quarantining at home with Henry. We are enjoying some free time riding around in the convertible and visiting the dog park while maintaining the 6-foot distance. During this period, I have had several conference calls with the DeKalb Delegation, City of Atlanta Delegation, DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond, the House Democratic Caucus, and Governor Kemp and his team. Tom Rawlings, head of Georgia DFACS, and I have talked about accelerating food stamps and minimizing delays. We are realizing the likelihood of historic unemployment application rates in this state. These conversations are preparing us to face current and future economic realities.

Governor Kemp Issues Orders

Late Friday, in consultation with the Coronavirus Task Force and other officials, the Governor issued two orders: one transferring $19,552,646 from the Governor's Emergency Fund and the other to assist the state's response to COVID-19 and protect the health of residents and visitors. Among other things, the Governor ordered temporary changes to or relaxing of regulations or requirements related to:

dispensing non-Schedule II prescription drugs
telemedicine licensing
use of physician assistants
temporary licensing of pharmacists licensed in other states
building inspections
operation of recording offices in counties, cities, and superior courts 
corporate shareholder meetings
community heath department funding
health facility reporting

Elections

Many are concerned about elections, which will NOT take place next Tuesday. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has postponed the Presidential Primary until the May 19th Primary. He will retain all votes that already have been cast. Below is more information. You can find more on the Secretary of State Website ( link to press release). I've also been in conversation with Georgia Democratic Party Chair Nikema Williams about early voting and possible changes to the election cycle from this, and of course I'll keep you updated. 

Hospitals:  

State of Georgia's COVID Hotline:  1-844-442-2681
Please remember to call hospitals before you go.

Emory University Hospital, Emory Decatur Hospital, Dekalb Medical Center, Emory University Midtown Hospital:
  • COVID-19 screening line: 404-712-6843.
  • Phone assessment will take place with nurse to determine next steps.
  • No doctor referral is needed.
  • Call if the following symptoms started within the past two weeks: cough, sore, threat, & fever.
Grady Hospital
  • 24/7 COVID-19 Public Health Hotline: 1-866-782-4584.
  • Patients experiencing symptoms or those who been exposed to someone with the virus may come in to be evaluated, but patients must seen a physician prior to arriving to Grady. This first appointment with a doctor does not need to take place at Grady. 
Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center 
  • COVID-19 information line: 402-265-4000. Press 1 to select first option.
  • Virtual consultation is available for a charge: www.wellstaron.org.
  • Does not offer testing.

Below are some quick links to assist with questions you may have:
 
What You Should Know  ( here )
Travel Information  ( here )
Preventing COVID-10 Spread in Communities  ( here )
Higher Risk & Special Populations  ( here )
Healthcare Professionals  (  here )
Resources for Healthcare Facilities  ( here )
Resources for Health Departments  ( here )
Laboratories  ( here )
Communication Resources  ( here )  

Quarantine bingeing? What are you watching?
 
With more down time, I am bingeing the British crime series 
Broadchurch on Netflix. Academy Award winner Olivia Colman is the lead detective searching for a child murderer. You may find happier shows to binge. Please let me know HERE.

As always thank you for reading and please follow CDC health guidelines. Stay home and stay healthy!
 

Mary Margaret

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