COVID-19: New patient is being quarantined at Hard Labor Creek State Park isolation camp

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners reported that a new patient who has tested positive for COVID-19 would be arriving Monday night at the isolation camp in Hard Labor Creek State Park to serve the remainder of his quarantine period. The first person to be quarantined there was recently released due to his recovery. The following is a statement from Morgan County Board of Commissioners.

As COVID-19 cases increase throughout the State of Georgia, local officials remain committed to our Morgan County residents that we remain in constant contact with our state and federal partners.

As of the time of this release, officials from Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) advised that a patient would be arriving at the Hard Labor Creek State Park isolation unit this evening. The patient has previously tested positive for COVID-19 at a Georgia hospital and has been discharged from care with instructions to continue self-quarantine for a length of time determined by hospital personnel and Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) officials.

The patient will be observed and monitored at the isolation unit by GDPH. According to state partners, this is the only patient expected at the isolation unit at this time.

Furthermore, GEMA has advised local officials that site safety will begin to transition from Georgia State Patrol (GSP) and Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to the Georgia National Guard. This transition is being conducted in order to place our law enforcement partners back into their respective roles throughout the state. GEMA officials advised there would be no change in safety protocols. In order to keep our residents fully informed, any new information regarding the isolation unit will be released as it
becomes available.

As of Saturday, March 14, 2020, GEMA has been designated as the lead agency for the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. As previously released, our leadership team is committed to providing a continued high-level quality of county services with minimal interruption through the week ahead. All county offices will be operating under normal conditions with the following exceptions. Out of an abundance of caution, the Morgan County Senior Center will remain closed this week and officials will reevaluate
Thursday, March 19, 2020 to determine if continued closing is needed. All members of the center are having meals delivered to their homes during the closure. Additionally, Morgan
County Parks and Recreation has canceled all soccer, baseball, softball, track, gym and aquatic activities through Friday, March 19, 2020.

In order to make every effort to follow CDC guidance regarding community gatherings of greater than fifty (50) people or more, Morgan County will discontinue rental of all venues until further notice. Passive park services will continue to be open to the public and encourage any users to follow best practices for self-distancing. In an effort to keep our team healthy, we request that you continue to follow best practices for your health with regular hand washing and avoid conducting business with county offices if you are sick.

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