Cobb County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Lisa Cupid signed a one-month extension to the COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency she instituted on Aug. 19.
The declaration maintains the use of the county’s emergency operations plan, which allows resources to be funneled to local hospitals, state agencies and other organizations that may have a critical need for equipment and supplies.
The declaration also strongly encourages Cobb Countians to get vaccinated and wear masks indoors, even if vaccinated. It encourages local businesses to require masks indoors to protect employees and customers.
Cobb-Douglas Public Health will continue to provide free testing and vaccinations, in-home vaccinations and outreach teams to vaccinate groups of people, the order says.
County boards, committees and other bodies are free to continue meeting by teleconference.
“Although recent reports from Public Health have the case rate for COVID in Cobb slightly declining, we are still more than seven times the level of what is considered the high transmission of COVID,” Cupid said in an announcement. “We continue to need to have the ability to more resources quickly and provide ways for people to participate in our county government activities in a safe manner.”
The Declaration of Emergency will be in effect for another 30 days and could be extended again.