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Wednesday April 8th, 2020 10:42AM

Hall County government officials suspend activities at libraries, community centers because of virus

By AccessWDUN Staff
As President Trump prepared to declare a national emergency in light of spreading coronavirus cases across America, Hall County Government announced the suspension of activities at all libraries and community centers for two weeks.
 
An announcement came Friday afternoon from Hall County Administrator Jock Connell.
 
Beginning Monday, March 16 and continuing through Friday, March 20, a number of services will be suspended in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus. At the time of the announcement, no cases of the illness had been reported in Hall County. 
 
All Hall County libraries, as well as Hall County Parks & Leisure programming, including classes, athletic practices, games and other events, are included in the temporary suspension status. Allen Creek Soccer Complex and Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center will also close during the same time period.

In addition, all Hall County community centers will close for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16; however, North Hall Community Center and East Hall Community Center will remain open for the sole purpose of early voting on Saturday, March 14 and Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. Spout Springs Library will also remain open for the sole purpose of early voting during those same dates.

Although library book drops will remain closed, all library fines incurred during the closure of these facilities will be waived. A large inventory of online resources, such as audiobooks, e-books, music and videos is always available through the Hall County Library System's website at www.hallcountylibrary.org.

All Hall County Parks & Leisure outdoor, passive parks will remain open until further notice. 

Connell and Hall County Emergency Management Agency Director Casey Ramsey alluded to possible government closures at Thursday night's Hall County Commission meeting. 

Ramsey told commissioners he and his staff were dealing with "uncharted waters" with coronavirus, telling the board they had enacted strict cleaning guidelines for county facilities. Additionally, they have been looking at potential staffing issues should the virus make its way into the county.

Following the meeting, Ramsey said emergency officials have dealt with pandemics before, but COVID-19 is different, so there's more concern.

"It's new to us - new to the world - there's not a vaccine for it, so that always puts people a little on edge," Ramsey said. "In reality, things that we're doing now with proper hand hygiene and not coming to work when you're sick, those type of things are things we should have been practicing anyway."

Ramsey described dealing with response to coronavirus as "fluid" and he said he and his staff will remain diligent. 

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