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Note: All new construction, major redevelopment/renovation and expansion of existing structures must be approved for zoning and site development prior to permitting. Contact Community Development at (770) 943-1666, if you have zoning or permitting related questions. Permitting and Inspections
A person must meet the requirements of a qualified voter of the City of Powder Springs, as prescribed by State law, and must have been a resident of the City of Powder Springs for at least 12 months prior to the date in which he/she offers as a candidate, and, if elected, must continue to reside and be registered and qualified to vote in the municipality of Powder Springs throughout his/her term of office. A candidate must qualify during the advertised three day qualification period during the 3rd week of August of the election year at City Hall. The qualification fee for Mayor are $540 and $360 for City Council Member.
Municipal elections are held every two years on odd numbered years. For example: the Mayor and two At-Large Posts are up for re-election in 2023. In 2021, Ward 1, Ward 2 and Ward 3 seats will be up for re-election.
A candidate must qualify during the advertised three day qualification period during the last week of August of the election year at City Hall. The qualification fee for Mayor are $540 and $360 for City Council Member. Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the mayor and members of the city council shall serve for terms of four (4) years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. No person shall be eligible to serve as mayor or councilmember unless he or she shall have been a resident of the city for a period of twelve (12) months immediately prior to the date of his or her qualifying for the office of mayor or member of the city council; and the mayor or councilmember shall continue to reside therein during his or her period of service and to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of this city.
Yes, the cost is usually 3% of the annual salary of the elected office. The qualifying cost is published each year there is a municipal election, in the Marietta Daily Journal, prior to February 1 of that year. City Council - $360 Mayor -$540
The Manager is expected to provide clear, impartial information that allows the Council to fully assess all policy implications.
If you haven’t already signed up from the City of Powder Springs’ weekly Business Liaison Team E-newsletter from the Economic Development office, which is geared towards providing information to our local businesses, you can do so here: https://cityofpowdersprings.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=30743a0077d1c03aa1278c9dc&id=e702b0b115.
The Paycheck Protection Program closed on Aug. 8. The link below goes to SBA relief options and program updates.
The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at Kennesaw State University is here to answer your questions and help you address any concerns you may have about your business including cash flow, payroll, marketing, the effect of the COVID-19 virus on your business and keep you up-to-date on the latest on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
In order to help small businesses recover from the effects of COVID-19, we are currently offering all continuing education programming at no direct cost for calendar year 2020 thanks to special funding from the CARES Act. View the complete list of courses here.
Manufacturers, Distributors & Artisans of Powder Springs: YOU can help Georgia fight COVID-19! If you’re able to produce critical healthcare items for our state’s medical workers and first responders, please complete this form: https://www.georgia.org/covid19response.
Please also print a copy of your completed form (either print and scan, or save as PDF) to submit to Powder Springs City Hall to let the city know of your efforts to create these essential items, as we hope to feature you on our website and social media channels. Send your completed forms to our communications consultant at email@example.com.
The Cobb Chamber created the Cobb Shops To Go Facebook page devoted to promoting small business across the county. Businesses can post their current deals and the latest information on offering to go or curbside services.
Visit the Cobb Shops To Go Facebook Page and submit your business info!
Cobb County Government has created a Grocery Store and Inventory Hub for those looking for essential supplies in local stores. You can find it here: https://cobb-covid-19-grocery-stores-and-inventory-cobbcountyga.hub.arcgis.com.
The site is for information only, and location hours/service may change daily. The survey results/maps are posted anonymously by shoppers. It is the user’s s responsibility to verify any information derived from the GIS data and maps before making any decisions or taking any actions based on this information.
MUST ministries and Cobb County Schools are offering school breakfast and lunches. Also available are family groceries boxes and a network of neighborhood food pantries.
MUST Ministries distribution sites: https://www.mustministries.org/must-food-rapid-response
To volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate: https://www.facebook.com/mustministries/posts/10158220429709808
The Cobb Chamber has compiled a list of companies that are hiring: https://www.cobbchamber.org/business-resources/COVID-19_Hirings.aspx. Check back periodically for updates.
In response to economic impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and residents, WorkSource Cobb has launched a virtual talent recruitment and training assistance program. As the workforce development agency for Cobb County and an essential service, the agency aims to ensure a continuity of services for both employers and residents.
Employers and residents are encouraged to call 770-528-4300 or email email@example.com for services.
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is updating its current systems to distribute federal unemployment funds as part of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) bringing relief to many Georgians currently not eligible for state unemployment benefits.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA, is the program that will provide unemployment benefits to those not ordinarily eligible for them. This includes individuals who are self-employed, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, or those with limited work history who will not qualify for state unemployment benefits. The GDOL is modifying its current online unemployment application adding new questions to better identify those individuals who may be eligible for PUA. This modified application is expected to be available on Monday, April 13, 2020, on the GDOL website.
Visit the Georgia Department of Labor website for more information.
Cobb Community Foundation has established the Cobb COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support the non-profits helping individuals and families experiencing hardship because of the outbreak, related closures and disruptions.
The fund is available now to receive contributions. Instructions to non-profits for grant requests will be posted shortly, so check the Cobb Community Foundation website for updates: https://cobbfoundation.org/coronavirus-information.
From the Cobb County Community Services Board (cobbcsb.com)
The Cobb County Community Services Board (CCCSB) is the public safety net for those who face behavioral health challenges and/or who have intellectual/developmental disabilities and are uninsured and underinsured. We provide effective, innovative care and appropriate resources — offering children, adolescents and adults help, healing and hope.
Cobb County Community Services Board remains open. We are following all federal, state, and county mandates, as well as CDC guidelines and instructions to ensure the individuals we serve are protected as much as possible from COVID-19. We are following CDC guidelines to clean and disinfect our facilities. We are promoting regular and thorough handwashing by employers, contractors, and those we serve. We will isolate an individual who appears to have symptoms.
Individuals with symptoms or risk factors should take the following steps:
– CALL their healthcare provider.
– Anyone without a healthcare provider should CALL the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) to receive a phone screening. The phone number is 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584).
All individuals seeking services will be screened in the front office areas using the CDC recommendations regarding travel, contact, and symptoms. If individuals display symptoms, a visit to a primary care physician or a link to a medical health care provider is required.
If you are in an at-risk group (medically fragile or elderly), we will work with you to reschedule your appointment. We will consult with medical staff and send medication refills to the pharmacy.
If you are not in crisis, for general information about our agency,call 770-422-0202, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For immediate help, visit our 24/7 Crisis Help page.
The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly. The job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world, with some new positions open to individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent.
In this introductory course, students will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2 , including the infectious period, the clinical presentation of COVID-19, and the evidence for how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from person-to-person and why contact tracing can be such an effective public health intervention. Students will learn about how contact tracing is done, including how to build rapport with cases, identify their contacts, and support both cases and their contacts to stop transmission in their communities. The course will also cover several important ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. Finally, the course will identify some of the most common barriers to contact tracing efforts -- along with strategies to overcome them.
Course offered by Johns Hopkins University. The mission of The Johns Hopkins University is to educate its students and cultivate their capacity for life-long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.
Learn more: https://www.coursera.org/learn/covid-19-contact-tracing?edocomorp=covid-19-contact-tracing.
From the U.S. General Services Administration (gsa.gov):
A question frequently asked is how to appropriately clean vehicles. The response below is a summary of information gathered from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Consumer Reports, and Original Equipment Manufacturers.
We encourage all drivers to take additional precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19. The CDC and the WHO emphasize how important it is to frequently wash one’s hands and to regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in order to prevent COVID-19 spread. We recognize that vehicles represent a special challenge as they are most often used as shared resources. As with all other surfaces you come into contact with, it is impossible to be positive that COVID19 is not present and the potential for COVID19 exposure exists after each use.
Therefore, we believe it is in your best interest to frequently clean the vehicles you are using; especially after the vehicle has left your custody for use by others, for oil changes, for maintenance activities or other events.
What to Do:
What to Avoid:
Sample Vehicle High Touch Areas:
Updated May 8, 2020
New testing criteria for COVID-19 now means ANYONE who wants a test can get one.Complete the Cobb & Douglas Public Health online testing referral form at www.cdphCOVID19testing.org OR visit: cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org (click on the Coronavirus button, then click on the “Online Testing Referral” button) OR contact the CDPH Call Center at 770-514-2300 for an appointment.Testing is by appointment only.
The AU Health ExpressCare app is free, user-friendly, and available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to screen for COVID-19 symptoms. Georgians can access the app by visiting augustahealth.org, downloading AU Health ExpressCare on their smartphone, or calling (706) 721-1852.
To view the complete list of active testing sites in Georgia and for more information on hours of operation and scheduling an appointment, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health’s website here.
Updated June 1, 2020
The state of Georgia has issued guidance for a number of businesses now allowed to reopen, from bars and nightclubs, summer camps and summer school.
Starting Monday, June 1, bars and nightclubs can reopen if they apply social distancing rules and other required actions spelled out in 39 mandatory measures. These include additional screening of workers, limiting to 25 customers or no more than 35% total occupancy, regular sanitation, only serving drinks to seated patrons, limiting tables to no more than six people, and more.
Live performance venues remain closed under Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive order.
Pro sports teams and organizations are allowed to open as of June 1, but must operate by rules and guidelines of their respective sports league. In-person sports must follow guidelines of non-critical organizations.
Summer schools will have to follow a set of 11 mandatory criteria that focus on enhancing campus sanitation, keeping students separated and other actions. Overnight summer camps are allowed if they can meet 33 criteria.
Gatherings, meanwhile, may now have as many as 25 people, up from 10, if 6 feet of space can be maintained between individuals.
Read the entirety of Kemp’s Executive Order 05.28.20.02 here.
Kemp also renewed Georgia’s state of emergency for a third time, extending it by one month, from June 12 to July 12. A copy of Kemp’s executive order extending the state of emergency can be found here.
Shelter-in-place orders for elderly and health-challenged individuals remains in place through June 12, with exceptions for necessary activities.
Churches that choose to restart in-person services were urged by Kemp to follow social distancing and all other previously issued health guidelines.
May 13, 2020
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp expanded Tuesday the expiration date on a number of previously issued provisions while easing several others.
Remaining closed under the order are bars, nightclubs and live event venues. They shall remain closed through May 31 under the executive order, under which most provisions are effective from May 14 until 11:59 p.m. May 31.
Read the 30-page executive order by clicking here.
Here are highlights of how the May 12 executive order affects Georgians:
Restaurants can expand operations, if they choose, to be able to allow 10 patrons per 300 square feet of public space. In calculating public space, restaurants may count waiting and bar areas, patios and any outdoor eating space, but may not include hallways, restrooms, or spaces closed to patrons. Furthermore, dining tables may now able to accommodate as many as 10 people, up from the previously mandated limit of six people.
For gyms and fitness centers, minor revisions have been made to mandatory criteria to allow for enhanced flexibility, but strict social distancing and sanitation rules still apply across the board.
Any establishment that had been allowed to re-open under previous issued executive order must continue to adhere to previously issued regulations in order to mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19. Mandatory restrictions for sanitation and social distancing remain in place for all non-critical infrastructure businesses, and for recently reopened businesses, industry-specific restrictions remain in place through the end of May.
Social distancing should be practiced by all residents and visitors to the state, while refraining from gathering in groups of 10 or more people unless 6 feet of space or more can be maintained between persons.
No businesses, corporations, nonprofits, organization, or county or municipal governments shall allow gatherings of persons. This affects operations of the City of Powder Springs, effectively banning in-person meetings of the City Council and other boards as well as the closure of public spaces.
The wearing of face coverings by people when outside the home remains encouraged.
The previously issued shelter-in-place order for medically fragile and elderly Georgians remains in place until June 12, 2020.
Summer camps are allowed to operate if they are able to meet nearly three dozen measures mandated in the order, while childcare facilities can operate if they meet their own set of standards outlined in the order along with previously issued safety measures that apply to other establishments. These mandates are contained in the executive order, which can be read here.
This new Executive Order increases the number of people allowed in a single classroom of a childcare facility from 10 to 20 people so long as staff-to-children ratios set by the Department of Early Care and Learning are also maintained.
As all of these mandates come from the state, questions regarding them should be directed to the governor’s office and related state offices.
The Office of the Governor, Brian Kemp
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency
For any enforcement issues, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Safety/Georgia State Patrol
May 1, 2020
The Office of Gov. Brian P. Kemp on Friday released a series of six posters that spell out who must shelter in place through June 12, 2020; basic rules for businesses which were previously closed or remain closed; further details on the large gatherings ban and exceptions to that ban; and minimum criteria businesses must meet in order to continue in-person operations.
Click here to open the six-page PDF containing all six informational posters.
Georgia’s statewide shelter-in-place order will end effective 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 30, for most Georgians, though Gov. Brian Kemp is urging residents to continue to stay home whenever possible.
But Kemp in an executive order signed Thursday extended an existing shelter-in-place order for medically fragile and elderly Georgians until June 12, 2020. It had been set to expire on May 13.
Businesses must still adhere to previously issued “strict social distancing and sanitation rules” through May 13.
The entirety of Kemp’s order, which extends Georgia’s state of emergency through June 12, can be found here.
April 20, 2020
While Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday announced that a number of business sectors will be allowed to open as soon as Friday, April 24, the statewide shelter in place order remains active and expires at 11:59 p.m. on April 30 for most Georgians. Residents and visitors to the state are urged everyone to continue to follow state and federal guidance by sheltering in place as often as possible.
An additional order signed by Kemp on April 8 mandates that no vacation rental shall occur in Georgia starting at midnight Wednesday, April 8, through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. The term "vacation rental" means any transaction to lease or license residential property for residential or vacation purposes, facilitated by a third party or broker for 30 days or less between a corporation, partnership, person, or other entity and a private person.
Read more about the shelter in place order, and stipulations regarding businesses that can reopen before the order is lifted, at this link: https://www.cityofpowdersprings.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=808.
(From the Office of the Governor, gov.georgia.gov)
Governor Brian P. Kemp, Dr. Kathleen Toomey, and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) urge all Georgians to continue to follow safe daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to COVID-19 and keep the virus from spreading. Wear a face covering in public settings, practice social distancing, and wash your hands frequently.
A cloth face covering should be worn whenever people are in a community setting where social distancing may be difficult, such as in the grocery store, picking up food at a restaurant, or riding public transportation and especially in areas of widespread community transmission of COVID-19. Cloth face coverings help slow the spread of the virus and help people who may be infected and not know it from transmitting it to others.
The use of cloth face coverings does not take the place of social distancing. Stay at least six feet from other people, do not gather in groups, stay out of crowded places, and avoid mass gatherings.
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer — at least 60% alcohol — when soap and water are not readily available. Practice good health hygiene, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
For more information about COVID-19, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
For updates on COVID-19, follow @GaDPH, @GeorgiaEMA, and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GaDPH, @GEMA.OHS, and @GovKemp on Facebook.
Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
A significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity — for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing — even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.
In light of this new evidence, CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.
CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Cloth face coverings should:
The CDC lists several ways to create face coverings, from sew to no sew methods, at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.
On May 12, 2020, Governor Kemp issued Executive Order 05.12.20.02, “Reviving a Healthy Georgia,” which allows public swimming pools to be reopened. The Georgia Department of Public Health and local county health departments regulate public swimming pools in Georgia, including the following:
Public pools regulated under Title 31, Chapter 45 of the Georgia Code and Chapter 511-3-5 of the Rules of the Department of Public Health (including municipal, school, hotel, and motel pools, any pool to which access is granted in exchange for payment of a daily fee, special purpose pools, spas, and recreational water parks);
Pools operating under County Ordinances, including subdivision, apartment and country club pools; and
Public pools as defined in the State’s mandatory International Swimming Pool and Spa Code.
Under the Governor’s Order, recreational water parks that operate single waterslides and similar non-mechanical attractions at municipal, county, state, or community-operated pools will be allowed to reopen, consistent with Safety Fire Commissioner Rule 120-3-27-.43. However, recreational water parks that are operators of water amusement rides as defined in Code section 25-15-51(1) and Safety Fire Commissioner Rule 120-3-27-.02(54) must remain closed.
To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 at public swimming pools, the Department has developed mitigation measures contained in a seven-page guidance document.
These mitigation measures are based on Executive Order 05.12.20.02 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on operating and managing public pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds during the pandemic.
Among the measures strongly recommended for all operators of public swimming pools:
Read the entirety of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s guidance on public swimming pools here.
FEMA has published a website to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, so the public is urged stay informed with FEMA updated myth vs. facts related to the federal COVID-19 response. Access the page at this link: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced April 9 that he is postponing the statewide General Primary/Presidential Preference Primary Election until June 9, 2020.
The move follows Gov. Brian Kemp’s extension a day earlier of the public health state of emergency until May 13, 2020. Kemp’s action also extended the statewide shelter in place order until April 30, 2020.
According to Cobb Elections and Voter Registration, early in-person voting will begin on May 18. Votes already cast during the suspended advance voting period in March will be counted at the time of the June 9 Primary. Voters are encouraged to submit an absentee ballot application for the June 9 general primary to receive a ballot by mail, as soon as they become available, with the Secretary of State’s vendor expected to mail them starting April 21. Voters who have already submitted an absentee ballot application for the May 19 Primary do not need to submit another application for the June 9 date.
The State Road and Tollway Authority is reducing the service levels of Xpress transit to balance the need to implement social distancing on the coaches while efficiently serving a much smaller ridership that still includes essential workers in the region. Xpress is committed to doing its part in slowing the spread of the coronavirus while continuing to provide critical services to healthcare professionals, first responders and other employees in key industries that rely on public transit.
Effective April 13, 2020 SRTA Makes Additional Service Reductions and Suspends Fares for Xpress Transit
While these changes may be inconvenient to some customers, Xpress officials believe these operational decisions meet the needs of protecting the health and safety of our customers and the Xpress transit employees and our goal of continuing to run safe and reliable service without major disruptions.
CLICK TO SEE REDUCED SERVICE SCHEDULES (As of April 13, 2020): https://www.xpressga.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Xpress-Reduction-of-Service-Public-Schedules-for-4.13.2020.pdf
Coronavirus scams could be making the rounds, according to governor’s office. These may range from websites selling bogus products, fake emails or texts, and social media posts that may be aimed at stealing people’s money or personal information.
“These scam emails and posts may promote awareness and offer prevention tips and fake information about cases in your area. They also might ask for donations to help victims of the virus, offer advice on unproven treatments, or contain malicious email attachments,” Kemp’s office says.
Among the tips shared by the governor’s office and Attorney General Chris Carr:
Heed these tips to reduce the spread of any respiratory illness:
From the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drugabuse.gov:
Because it attacks the lungs, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those who smoke tobacco or marijuana or who vape. People with opioid use disorder (OUD) and methamphetamine use disorder may also be vulnerable due to those drugs’ effects on respiratory and pulmonary health. Additionally, individuals with a substance use disorder are more likely to experience homelessness or incarceration than those in the general population, and these circumstances pose unique challenges regarding transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. All these possibilities should be a focus of active surveillance as we work to understand this emerging health threat.
We know very little right now about COVID-19 and even less about its intersection with substance use disorders. But we can make educated guesses based on past experience that people with compromised health due to smoking or vaping and people with opioid, methamphetamine, cannabis, and other substance use disorders could find themselves at increased risk of COVID-19 and its more serious complications—for multiple physiological and social/environmental reasons.
For the full article and additional links, visit https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/noras-blog/2020/04/covid-19-potential-implications-individuals-substance-use-disorders.
(From the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, gasubstanceabuse.org.)
GCSA is privileged to be of service to the Georgia recovery community.
GCSA Virtual All Recovery Meeting Information
Seven days a week, 10-11 a.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern time.
If you are looking to join zoom meeting via laptop: https://zoom.us/j/695949293
Meeting ID: 695 949 293
If you are looking to join via telephone, dial 646-876-9923
The Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential assistance to callers needing emotional support or resource information as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. During these hard times, many have been left to manage their emotions alone. Our mental health professionals are here to help.
To educators: Educators fulfill a significant responsibility. As an opportunity to support you in the work that you do caring for students, the Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line is providing free and confidential assistance to educators needing emotional support or resource information as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You don’t have to manage your emotions alone.
To frontline healthcare workers: In an effort to support the frontline workers who have taken such great care of our state, the Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential aassistance to callers needing emotional support, referrals or resource information as aresult of the COVID-19 pandemic. During these hard times, many have been left to manage their emotions alone.
A partnership between the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Beacon Health Options, and Behavioral Health Link.
Seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
This guide explains the challenges that isolation creates for people in recovery, how loved ones and professionals can provide support, and how they can maintain critical support for themselves. Additionally, the guide shares apps and educational resources to support recovery.
COVID-19 has caused unprecedented changes in the way that we live our lives. It has stopped a tremendous amount of personal and economic activity, at least in the short term. However, COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, has not put a stop to addiction, nor has it put an end to the need for drug and alcohol rehab.
COVID-19/Coronavirus has impacted many aspects of addiction. For example, because of enforced social distancing guidelines and curfews, it is very difficult for many to acquire drugs. Similarly, the closing of bars and restaurants has limited the opportunities for many to drink socially, although alcohol is still available in most places.
Although COVID-19/Coronavirus may have put some obstacles in the way of acquiring a substance, it has not treated the underlying causes behind substance use, nor has it put an end to substance abuse. In fact, these obstacles may even add to the desperation of an addict who is unable to acquire their substance of choice.
For many, COVID-19/Coronavirus has added to the underlying mental and emotional issues that underlie their addiction. For example, stress, loneliness, depression, boredom, isolation, and more are becoming issues for many as a result of the impacts of COVID-19, all of which often are closely linked with substance abuse. COVID-19 and its fallout may trigger many to drink or use.
Addiction has a significant impact on the spread of COVID-19, as well as its progression. When individuals abuse substances, especially alcohol, their decision-making and judgement are often impaired, as is their ability to properly gauge risk. For this reason, they may not follow social distancing guidelines and contribute to the spread of the virus.
Men, especially in countries like Italy and China, have a significantly higher rates of hospitalization and fatality than women. However, it appears that men and women are infected at roughly equal rates. It has been widely theorized that one of the primary factors at play is that men demonstrate significantly higher rates of smoking than women in these countries.
It is believed that the long-term long and respiratory damage caused by smoking weakens them and leaves them especially vulnerable to COVID-19/Coronavirus. It is unclear whether this applies to other smoked drugs such as Crack Cocaine, Marijuana, and Meth, but it is very likely.
Additionally, intravenous drug use, such as shooting Heroin or other opioids, is known to dramatically increase the risk of heart and other pulmonary infections, which also make an individual more susceptible to the worst consequences of COVID-19-Coronavirus.
Yes, rehab is still open because rehab for drug and alcohol addiction is an essential service, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. For many people, the risks of alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose are more dangerous and urgent than the risk of coronavirus, so rehab cannot stop. Like the medical professionals in America’s clinics and hospitals, the treatment specialists who work in rehab centers are dedicated to helping the community during these uncertain times. Across the country, rehab centers remain ready and available to provide high-quality treatment to anyone who endeavors to overcome substance abuse.
Yes, rehab is still safe. Right now, rehab centers are taking preventive measures to ensure that their facilities remain coronavirus-free. More specifically, rehab centers are regularly testing patients and potential patients for COVID-19, adapting their programs to comply with social-distancing guidelines, and making sure that their facilities have adequate supplies of hand sanitizer at all times.
You might feel that now is the time to stay home and worry about your addiction later, but today is always the best day to start recovery. In fact, isolation and loneliness may worsen your substance abuse. If you’re already stuck at home, why not take this pandemic as an opportunity to improve yourself and get better? After all, before the pandemic started, you may not have been able to take time off from your job, classes, or social life to get treatment, but now you can.
Find drug and alcohol rehab resources during COVID-19/Coronavirus at addictioncenter.com/covid-19/.
AddictionCenter.com is a referral service that provides information about addiction treatment practitioners and facilities. AddictionCenter.com is not a medical provider or treatment facility and does not provide medical advice. AddictionCenter.com does not endorse any treatment facility or guarantee the quality of care provided, or the results to be achieved, by any treatment facility. The information provided by AddictionCenter.com is not a substitute for professional treatment advice.
Faces & Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, their families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks.
Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact.
Jeff Breedlove, chief of communications and policy at the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, speaks with Virginia Prescott about the ways to stay in touch with those in substance abuse recovery during the coronavirus shelter-in-place orders.
Watch the interview and read the full story here: https://wjsp.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/what-you-need-know-dealing-substance-abuse-while-self-isolating.
SAMHSA’s First Responders and Disaster Responder’s Portal: www.samhsa.gov/dtac/disaster-responders.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) is the primary funder of substance abuse prevention services in Georgia. SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) delivers prevention services through a comprehensive, multi-strategic prevention approach by:
SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
What are the hours of operation?
The service is open 24/7, 365 days a year.
Do I need health insurance to receive this service?
The referral service is free of charge. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.
Will my information be kept confidential?
The service is confidential. We will not ask you for any personal information. We may ask for your zip code or other pertinent geographic information in order to track calls being routed to other offices or to accurately identify the local resources appropriate to your needs.
Do you provide counseling?
No, we do not provide counseling. Trained information specialists answer calls, transfer callers to state services or other appropriate intake centers in their states, and connect them with local assistance and support.
Receive the latest updates concerning COVID-19 in Cobb County:
From the YMCA of Metro Atlanta (ymcaatlanta.org):
We are activating our YMCA branch locations to deliver childcare for thousands of healthcare workers and emergency responders on the frontlines of COVID-19. Based on demand, we will be able to serve almost 2,000 children daily. This program allows hospitals and emergency services to remain fully staffed in order to protect and care for our community.
We are distributing meals for early learners, families and seniors at YMCA sites, expanding our food pantries and partnering to provide additional food distribution programs. In our first three days alone, we distributed meals to more than 4,000 families and seniors. This number grows daily.
Sweetwater Mission Family Life Resource Center is offering groceries to low-income families in Cobb, Paulding and Douglas Counties. The limit is one per household per month.
Address is 6130 Hotel St., Austell, GA 30106. Bring picture ID and current utility bill, lease or rent receipt. Open hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed on Saturdays and Sundays).
Visit sweetwatermission.org for more information or call 770-819-0662.
Through the Meals on Wheels program, Cobb County provides a nutritionally balanced meal to qualifying homebound older adults within the county. Meals are delivered five days per week by our dedicated and trained volunteers to the client’s door. Menus are planned and prepared under the supervision of a registered dietitian and are designed to provide one-third of an adult’s daily nutritional requirements. Clients who have difficulty adequately feeding their cat or dog may receive supplemental pet food at no charge.
In order to be eligible for Meals on Wheels a person must reside in Cobb County, be at least 60 years of age and have a physical or mental disability that prevents him or her from preparing meals on a daily basis. All clients are assessed through our Care Management team and cost is determined by household income on a sliding scale. No client is denied services due to inability to pay.
For more information on receiving meals, call 770-528-5364.
For more information on volunteering, contact 770-528-5381.
For an extensive list of emotional support access lines, open the flyer linked below.
COVID-19 Emotional Support Line and Other Resources Flyer (PDF)
No. You may make a missing person report whenever you realize that someone is missing. Entry into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is regulated.
The police department will respond 24/7 to any requests for police service.
Unless an extreme circumstance exists a report should be made to an officer in person. Cases will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.
Unless a vehicle is evidence in a crime, the Police Department can only impound cars that have been abandoned on public property. you may call a wrecker service of your choice to tow the car away.
The Powder Springs Police Department does not operate the jail. We house our prisoner's at Smyrna Police department. For information, call the Smyrna Jail @ 770-434-9481.
You can request a zone patrol by submitting a residential check form on-line under Services. While the department does not have the manpower to watch 24 hours a day, officers to the zone will be assigned to check your property as their call loads permit.
Call the Police Department at 770-943-1616.
Yes. Calls to 911 are free. Do not try to stop the offender or place yourself in danger. When you call, you will be asked a description of the car, location, and direction of travel.
Dispatchers are trained to try to get as much information as possible to determine the nature of the call and its seriousness. By doing so, they are able to dispatch the number and type of public safety personnel needed.
The amount of property tax due is calculated by using the following formula: •(Total Appraised Value of the property) x (40%) - (Exemptions) x (Millage rate) / (1,000) •Each homeowner’s exemptions vary based on eligibility For example, the tax for a property valued at $100,000 would be calculated as follows: $100,000 x 0.40 = $40,000 $40,000 x 9.50 mills = 380,000 380,000 / 1,000 = $380.00 annual property tax If the property belonged to a person age 65 or over, the calculation would be: $100,000 x 0.40 = $40,000 $40,000 - $10,000 = $30,000 $30,000 x9.50 mills = 285,000 285,000 / 1,000 = $285.00 annual property tax
There are homestead exemptions available to City of Powder Springs homeowners that complete and file the required applications by April 1st of the tax year (O.C.G.A 48-5-40 through 48-5-54). To be eligible for application you must own, occupy, and claim your property as your legal residence on January 1st. Only one person need apply if more than one name appears on the deed. The exemptions are automatically renewed each year unless there is a change in ownership or you no longer meet the eligibility requirements.City Exemptions:Regular Homestead Exemption - To be eligible for application you must own, occupy, and claim your property as your legal residence on January 1st. Only one person need apply if more than one name appears on the deed. The regular Homestead Exemption in City of Powder Springs is $2,000.
Taxpayer Reassessment Relief Act (Floating Homestead Exemption) - This exemption is granted to anyone that has applied for and been granted the Homestead Exemption with Cobb County and the City of Powder Springs. The amount of this exemption equals the balance of increase in assessed value of your home at the time homestead exemption was granted. There must be an application on file for regular homestead with Cobb County.Over 65 Exemption - Homeowners who are 65 years of age on or before January 1, are entitled to a $10,000 exemption on City of Powder Springs taxes. You must furnish proof of age when you apply with the City. Disability - Homeowners who are disabled on or before January 1, and whose annual NET income (including income of the spouse but not including income received as a result of the disability; e.g. disability retirement) does not exceed $12,000 for the immediately preceding year are entitled to a $10,000 exemption. This exemption is also available in Cobb County. You must furnish proof of income and a doctor's certificate stating that you are disabled and that the disability is likely to remain permanent when you apply with both Cobb County and the City of Powder Springs.State Veteran's Disability - Homeowners who are disabled veterans as defined in O.C.G.A. 48-5-48 are entitled to a $73,768 exemption in all tax categories. You must provide legally required documentation. This exemption extends to the un-remarried surviving spouse or minor children at the time of the applicant's death, provided they continue to occupy the home as a residence and homestead.State Un-remarried Surviving Spouse - A homeowner who is the un-remarried surviving spouse of a member of the U. S. armed forces killed in any war or conflict as defined in O.C.G.A. 48-5-52.1 and receiving spousal benefits from the U. S. Department of Veteran's Affairs is entitled to a $73,768 exemption in the state, county, municipal and school tax categories. Legal documentation is required Homestead Exemptions Page