City of Dahlonega addressing special events in light of Coronavirus

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   March 12, 2020
Media Contact: Bill Schmid, City Manager; bschmid@dahlonega.gov  

City of Dahlonega addressing special events in light of Coronavirus

Ensuring public health and safety for residents, visitors, and local businesses top priority

DAHLONEGA, Ga., –– With peak tourism and festival season just around the corner, city officials are closely monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus) developments and the expert guidance being offered by a variety of local, state, and federal agencies.

“Each new day brings more information,” said Mayor Sam Norton. “We want to make sure we’re protecting public health and safety without unnecessarily contributing to public fears.”

According to a March 11 update provided by the Lumpkin County Public Health Department, there are no known cases of Coronavirus in Lumpkin County currently.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to emphasize the importance of personal steps to protect yourself including frequent hand-washing, avoiding contact with those who are sick, and staying home if you are sick among several other important steps available on their website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html. The CDC website also offers recommendations for those more vulnerable populations including older adults and those who suffer from chronic and underlying health conditions such as heart and lung disease.

“With large-scale modifications and cancellations occurring for indoor events here in Georgia, we’re sensitive to community concerns regarding our local festivals and outdoor events,” said City Manager Bill Schmid. “We’re working with our special event organizers and our Main Street staff to assess each festival and event on a case-by-case basis, using the most current information available.”

The City and its Main Street program will provide event updates via the website, email newsletters, and social media accounts regarding any event modifications and cancellations.

In addition to special event considerations, city officials are working to ensure the health and welfare of its city staff and continued essential city services.

Residents may find specific Coronavirus Information available on the following websites:

CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html

Georgia Department of Public Health – https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus

District 2 Public Health Department – http://phdistrict2.org/

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