As COVID-19 cases surge, local organizations and companies adapt

As the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Georgia continue to surge, including in Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding counties, local municipalities and companies have found themselves having to adapt once again.

Silver Queen restaurant in Monroe has had to close down temporarily due to positive cases in its staff.

“We will reopen as soon as we feel it is safe to do so and provide our community great service and delicious food! Thank you to the doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers who continue to care for our community,” Silver Queen wrote on its Facebook page last week. As of Monday, it has still not advised a date and time for re-opening.

South on Broad Kitchen and Bar also advised that from Tuesday, Jan. 12, business hours will only be 5 – 9 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday with only reserved dine-in and curbside pickup and to-go orders.

“We know many in community may be disappointed in this news, as are we. However, with COVID-19 cases rising in our community, we have taken much into consideration and feel that the safety of our team and the people we serve daily is something to take serious. This change is not forever, but it will be indefinite for now as we see what the next few weeks look like,” South on Broad noted on its Facebook page.

The state and local courts have suspended trials for the immediate future until the situation improves. The cities of Monroe and Loganville have reverted to zoom meetings for the January City Council meetings and the staff at Piedmont Walton is again battling high incidents of COVID-19 positive patients having to be treated as inpatients. First responders have reported having to run more COVID-19 calls and have even referred to the intake at the hospital as looking like a scene from the 1995 movie Outbreak. The City of Social Circle put out an advisory on Monday, noting that the cases in Georgia are fast approaching catastrophic levels.

As the cases continue to rise with more than a 32 % positive result for all tested in Walton County and 24 % for those tested in Gwinnett County in the past two weeks, the CDC is urging people to continue with the safe practices of wearing masks, washing hands and keeping 6 ft away from people if you have to be out in public.

The vaccine is beginning to be distributed in healthcare workers, those in nursing homes and at most risk and people 65 years of age and older. Click or tap on this link if you need more information on the distribution of the vaccine.

As Piedmont Walton struggles to cope with the surge, local organizations and companies have taken to again sending care packages to the overworked staff. If you or your company wishes to participate, you can contact Heather Boyce at Heather.Boyce@piedmont.org or 404-291-1396. She is coordinating the donations for hospital staff.

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