(Cleveland)- White County officials are continuing to work on dealing with the COVID-19 situation and how to control the spread in our county. During a meeting of the county’s Pandemic Taskforce Thursday afternoon White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said beginning Thursday night the county will be utilizing the CODE Red notification system to make calls to various sections of the county to advise seniors about where they can do their early grocery and pharmacy shopping.

Murphy said the calls will go out by landline, cell, text, email hearing impaired and mobile app.

 The White County Board of Commissioners have an emergency teleconference meeting Thursday afternoon and are expected to approve expanding restrictions in their state of emergency in the county.  The restriction will target the removal of people staying in motels and short term rentals in the county.

News Release From White County Public Safety:

 White County Emergency Management Agency will be using the CODE RED notification system on a periodic basis to provide information to its citizens about COVID-19. This evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. CODE RED will provide COVID-19 information to senior citizens. The system will notify seniors via telephone landlines, cell phones, text messages, e- mails, hearing impaired devices or the mobile application. The system will start in one area of the county and rotate to cover the whole county in the two-hour period. 

Information to be shared will include times and locations dedicated to seniors to shop for groceries or pharmacy needs. Other information will include best practices for staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic including staying at home, washing your hands thoroughly and often and cleaning/disinfecting surfaces on a regular basis. Also included in the message will be contact information where seniors can get further information. 

In addition to the CODE RED notifications that will be utilized in White County, there is a new source of information available to the general public. Apple Inc. – in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – released an app and website that guides Americans through a series of questions about their health and exposure to determine if they should seek care for COVID-19 symptoms.

The tool provides CDC recommendations on next steps including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, recommendations on testing, and when to contact a medical provider. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s0327-statement-covid-19-apple-app.html 

Public information is also available on the White County website: www.whitecounty.net under the COVID-19 icon. Citizens can also get information from the Georgia statewide hotline at 1-844-442-2681. 

For more information concerning this press release contact the White County Emergency Management Agency at 706-865-9500.