Attended an Emergency Called Meeting this PM to discuss what course of action needs to be taken in attempts to downplay and contain the Coronavirus attacking the U S.


Sheriff Brock noted his jail was on lock down and court has been cancelled until April. No visitors allowed.

Only small groups can enter the tag office to conduct business.

Probate Judge is still holding hearings.

Mr. Bell reported everything dealing with the Revenue Office can be accomplished on line.

Any charges arriving from late registration or other such issues will be waived until this virus is under control.

It has been recommended that crowds be held to groups of 10 or less people.

David Jackson announced he will be available. He also noted that he anticipates a delay in the runoff election.

Commissioner Andrews made a motion the court house be closed to normal business with the situation being revisited in approximately 2 weeks.

His motion failed due to a lack of a second however, there is another webinar meeting scheduled for Wednesday at 10:30. A meeting will be called directly behind the webinar meeting for further discussion and possible action.


I am including in this report additional information published by a variety of people.


EMA Director Johnny Brock:

Good morning, I hope this email finds you well. Conecuh County currently has zero confirmed cases of Covid-19, however, there are 22 confirmed cases within the State of Alabama.


Your local EMA office is working closely with its State and Local partners regarding this very serious situation.


Feel free to contact the EMA office at 251-578-1921 with questions or concerns.


If you are a First Responder and are in need of resources(Mask, Gloves etc.) please contact the EMA office. Please be aware that resources are very limited at this time.


Below is an update from ADPH regarding things we can do to minimize the spread of the disease.

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The RSA Tower, 201 Monroe Street, P.O. Box 303017, Montgomery, AL 36130-3017

(334) 206-5300 • FAX (334) 206-5520 Web Site: alabamapublichealth.gov


NEWS RELEASE

ADPH offers new recommendations regarding public gatherings in response to COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In response to the increasing number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Alabama, The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is making the following recommendations concerning public gatherings, food establishment and other retail venues, and businesses:

  • No mass gatherings of 50 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between participants (with exceptions noted below). This may include festivals, parades, assemblies, or sporting events.
  • Senior adults or those with chronic health problems should avoid gatherings (outside of close family) of 10 or more persons, and should avoid travel by air, train or bus.
  • For retail business, including restaurants, limit patronage at any one time to 50 percent of the normally allowable capacity. Restaurants should maintain a six-foot distance between tables.
  • Public buildings should consider whether visitation may be limited. Hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are encouraged to implement visitation policies that protect vulnerable persons.
  • All persons should consider whether out-of-state travel plans may be delayed or cancelled.
  • Participants in religious services or events, weddings, funerals and family events should exercise prudence and maintain consistent six-foot distance between participants if possible.

While workplaces should attempt to heed to these recommendations whenever possible, it is understood that exceptions may be needed for essential government functions, municipal and state legislative bodies, and health care facilities including clinics, hospitals and pharmacies. Consider using means for electronic or video meetings in workplaces if possible.


ADPH continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies to provide guidance regarding COVID-19. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19, the public is urged to continue practicing social distancing and other precautionary measures, including:

  • Wash hands with soap and water.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers if handwashing is not possible.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.

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3/16/20

This From Southern Pine:

Press Release from Southern Pine Electric Co-op


Southern Pine Electric Co-op will close all office lobbies effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to help reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus to members and employees. Atmore, Brewton, Evergreen and Frisco City office drive thrus will remain open to receive payments. All employees will remain available to assist you with any questions you may have. You may contact any local Southern Pine office for assistance.

Online payments can be made by calling the automated payment system, using the Southern Pine website or the mobile app that is available for all Apple and Android devices. To access online payments for the first time, please call 1-251-867-5415 to get started.

*To make payments online visit www.southernpine.org.

*Download the Southern Pine Electric Co-op app for free on your mobile device.

*To make payments using the automated system call 1-844-867-8989.


Applications for new service can be downloaded from our website at www.southernpine.org under the Our Services tab on the homepage or contact any Southern Pine office and speak to a representative.



Please continue to follow Southern Pine on Facebook for future updates.



Reid State has the following:

REID STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE TO CONDUCT CLASSES AND 

OPERATIONS REMOTELY AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE AGAINST 

COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Evergreen, AL (March16, 2020) – Reid State Technical College will temporarily cease

on-campus classes and events beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision is made as a precautionary measure, as the college puts the safety of its students first and adheres, to the Alabama Community College System’s (ACCS) decision to temporarily discontinue on-campus instruction across the state.


Instructors will adhere to alternative instruction methods and are working with students to ensure best practices. “We have a duty to keep our students safe and do as much as possible to minimize the risk of this virus,” said Interim President Jeff Rhodes. “Instructors for each of the college’s 11 programs have developed contingency plans that best fit the college’s technical programs fully considering circumstances that might make this a challenge for our students,” said Dean of Instruction /Workforce Development Dr. Coretta Boykin. Reid State’s programs of instruction are the following: Industrial Electricity & Electronics (ILT), Industrial Maintenance (INT), Business Administration Technology (BUS), Phlebotomy (HPS), Nursing Assistant (NAS), Practical Nursing (PN), Commercial Truck Driving (TRK), Cosmetology (COS), Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and Adult Education (AE)

Students are being advised to check their student email as well as online learning platforms for course updates and instructions on how to proceed remotely.


The college is working diligently to keep students, staff and faculty safe. Literature about proper hand washing and COVID-19 symptoms is posted on the college website, social media and throughout the campus. The campus will observe spring break beginning March 23rd - March 27, 2020. No remote course instruction is expected.


For additional information, please visit www.rstc.edu. or contact Dean of Instruction/Workforce Development Dr. Coretta Boykin.

Alabama Department Of Public Health:

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The RSA Tower, 201 Monroe Street, P.O. Box 303017, Montgomery, AL 36130-3017

(334) 206-5300 • FAX (334) 206-5520 Web Site: alabamapublichealth.gov

NEWS RELEASE

ADPH offers new recommendations regarding public gatherings in response to COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In response to the increasing number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Alabama, The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is making the following recommendations concerning public gatherings, food establishment and other retail venues, and businesses:

  • No mass gatherings of 50 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between participants (with exceptions noted below). This may include festivals, parades, assemblies, or sporting events.
  • Senior adults or those with chronic health problems should avoid gatherings (outside of close family) of 10 or more persons, and should avoid travel by air, train or bus.
  • For retail business, including restaurants, limit patronage at any one time to 50 percent of the normally allowable capacity. Restaurants should maintain a six-foot distance between tables.
  • Public buildings should consider whether visitation may be limited. Hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are encouraged to implement visitation policies that protect vulnerable persons.
  • All persons should consider whether out-of-state travel plans may be delayed or cancelled.
  • Participants in religious services or events, weddings, funerals and family events should exercise prudence and maintain consistent six-foot distance between participants if possible.

While workplaces should attempt to heed to these recommendations whenever possible, it is understood that exceptions may be needed for essential government functions, municipal and state legislative bodies, and health care facilities including clinics, hospitals and pharmacies. Consider using means for electronic or video meetings in workplaces if possible.


ADPH continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies to provide guidance regarding COVID-19. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19, the public is urged to continue practicing social distancing and other precautionary measures, including:

  • Wash hands with soap and water.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers if handwashing is not possible.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.

Visit http://alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html for more COVID-19 information.



This is all I have as of now. As I get more information I will post it. In the mean time use common sense and do your best to stay safe.