COVID-19: Mayor of Good Hope urges residents to shelter in place

Good Hope Mayor Jimmy Guthrie is urging city residents to follow guidelines that the city received from Larry Ebert, CEO of Piedmont Walton Hospital, regarding helping curb the spread of  COVID-19. He quoted from information that noted if the curve is not flattened by the end of this week, hospital models show that Piedmont and other hospital systems will have no beds available by April 9.

“We are in a serious situation and it is everyone’s responsibility to take every precaution possible to stop the spread of the COVID-19 Virus,” Guthrie said. “The City of Good Hope is in full support of sheltering in place and we urge everyone to do everything possible to keep your families safe and prevent the spread of this Virus.

“I want everyone to know that the City Council and myself are in constant contact with Local and State Officials and will keep you informed to the best of our ability through the City’s Website and Facebook page.

“I hope and pray that every resident of the Good Hope, our County, State and Nation will be safe during this time of crisis.”

Guthrie said Ebert had urged that this should require all to stay at home, prohibit gatherings and keep only grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and liquor stores open as essential businesses. If restaurants remained open, they should require that all service be take out only outside the four walls of the restaurant (i.e. curbside).

Yesterday, Piedmont issued an updated statement restricting visitors for the safety of patients and staff..

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