COVID-19 Information and Alerts

General Information and Actions

COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is a new virus that causes fever, cough and shortness of breath. The virus can cause severe illness including pneumonia in high risk populations such as older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

The virus impacts us all. Here you can find updated information and facts on this pandemic. Newton County has taken steps to try to stop the spread of COVID-19 and put safety measures in place for the community by:Image of Coronavirus Highlight

The President of the United States, Center for Disease Control, Governor and the Public Health Department are the lead agencies in the fight against COVID-19 and are making new procedures and policies daily. Please continue to check here for updates.

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Governor Kemp Announced Reopening of Some Businesses Starting April 24

Governor Brian Kemp announced steps Monday, April 20, to begin to reopen Georgia’s economy. You can read the  Governor’s remarks here. On July 31, Kemp extended his /DocumentCenter/View/3204 through Aug. 15, 2020. 

Included in the Executive Order:

  • All residents and visitors of Georgia shall practice Social Distancing (stay at least six feet apart and refrain from large groups) and refrain from gathering 50 people or more without maintaining six feet.
  • All residents and visitors of Georgia are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable while outside their homes or place of residence, except when eating, drinking or exercising outdoors.
  • All residents and visitors of Georgia shall practice sanitation in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • No business, establishments, corporation, non-profit or county or municipal government shall allow more than 50 people gather without social distancing.
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Georgia COVID-19 Status Update

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Information and Updates from the CDC

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