Fannin Chamber: Opening Up America Again

Community, Fannin County Chamber
Fannin Chamber Covid
April 23, 2020
Dear Chamber Members:
Attached are the guidelines set by the President for Opening Up America, Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III. They may be helpful when you need to know what types of health and safety measures you need to open. We are currently in Phase I in Georgia, except that Governor Kemp’s Shelter in Place orders are in effect until April 30th unless he extends them.

New Guidelines and Resources for High Risk Citizens

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Blue Ridge Medical Group, Raymond Tidman, Dillon Miller, High Risk, Guidelines, Phone Number, Fannin County, Georgia, Covid-19, Coronavirus

Raymond Tidman, MD

Blue Ridge, Ga. – Raymond Tidman, MD and Dillon Miller, MD of Blue Ridge Medical Group are releasing new guidelines to help protect those at greatest risk in our community from contracting Covid-19.

Members of the community that are in the high risk category are those that are 65 years or older, or those with COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), diabetes, severe obesity, heart disease, receiving treatment for cancer or have a condition that causes immune suppression.

Tidman and Miller are saying to those in this category, “We want you to build protection around you now and until there is a vaccine.”

They are recommending following the directions in place by Health Officials of self isolation, but to also be super aware of those that you allow in your presence. They are recommending that individuals in the high risk category identify a limited number of people you depend on to be around.

Make sure that the people who you do have to have contact with are aware of your situation and take the proper steps to protect you from the virus.

“This is to encourage you to build a virus free fortress around you, and yet allow you the personal contacts that you feel you need and trust,” Tidman and Miller say of the precautions.

Tidman and Miller want all of those who have symptoms or have had known contact to someone positive with the Covid-19 virus to move to the front of the line to be tested.

If you are in this high risk category and have been around someone with symptoms have them contact Blue Ridge Medical Group at this number: 706-946-4240. This is a dedicated line for this purpose and will be frequently monitored. 

“If they have symptoms have them contact the number and we will be available to test them quickly,” Tidman and Miller sate in a release. “We will be a resource to them on the latest developments in defeating this virus.”

Trump COVID-19 Guidelines limit gatherings to 10

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Trump COVID-19

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald Trump and the White House COVID-19 task force issued new guidelines for the next 15 days, including limiting gatherings to 10 people and avoiding dining in public spaces.

The 3 p.m. press conference focused on how telling Americans how they can help “flatten the curve” of the virus, so the nation can “turn the corner.”

In the guidelines issued today, Americans are highly advised to:

  • Limit gatherings to 10 people or less, including in-home gatherings
  • Avoid eating or drinking in restaurants, bars, or public food courts, use drive-thrus, pick-up, and delivery services
  • Avoid discretionary travel – shopping trips and social visits
  • Do not visit nursing homes, long-term health care, or retirement facilities
  • Wash your hands
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or inside of your elbow
  • Disinfect used items and surfaces frequently

However, Trump cautioned that everyone may feel the effects of COVID-19 into July and August. Also, the President didn’t want to focus on the possibility of a recession at this time. He believes the markets will rebound once the virus abates.

“I think you’re going to see a tremendous, tremendous surge,” Trump said about the markets.

copy of new guidelines from the White House and CDC.

While the White House isn’t instituting a nationwide quarantine presently, Trump did make it clear that “hot spots” could potentially be placed under quarantine. Currently, the New Rochelle is considered a “containment zone” not a quarantined city.

Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, added that anyone who is sick should stay home. Also, if anyone in a home is diagnosed with COVID-19, the entire house should quarantine in the home to prevent spread.

“We really want people to be separated at this time,” Birx stated. She also addressed millennials directly because changes in their behaviors could significantly affect the course of the virus. Millennials are connected to each other and can spread information across platforms.

copy of guidelines from the White House and CDC.

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