Mayor Pat Ford and Giles County Executive Melissa Greene were live in WKSR’s Studio this afternoon (Friday) with an update on COVID-19 and further information on how the City of Pulaski and Giles County are handling the coronavirus pandemic.
County Executive Melissa Greene stated that as of Friday at 2:00 PM there are still ZERO cases confirmed in Giles County.
She reminded the public that if you think you have the virus please call your doctor before you go in and keep in mind that physicians do not have the ability to test you in-house for COVID-19. The process involves your physician taking a sample from you and sending it away to a laboratory where there is already a very high volume of incoming tests and a seven to ten day backlog. For this reason, physicians will only send your samples to be tested if you are showing confirmed symptoms or if you have been exposed to COVID-19.
She urged Giles Countians to stay home as much as possible. Staying home, social distancing and physical distancing of at least 6 feet are the most important things you can do to stop the spread of the virus. Remember, no handshakes or hugs, do not touch your face, continue good hygiene, cough into the bend of your elbow, and if you’re sick stay home.
Giles County Offices are closed until April 10th. Most business can be conducted online or by phone. If you have business that must be conducted in person you can make an appointment. You can check the Giles County OEM Facebook page for updates.
She is sending out a huge thank you to the businesses who have voluntarily closed and said, “We will get through this. Giles County is known for our sense of community. That rallying spirit is what will get us through. We must continue to work together. Support our local businesses as much as you can. Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, to see if they need help.”
Mayor Pat Ford also urged everyone to work together. He re-stated that they are limiting access to City Hall and that in-person business is by appointment only. You can give them a call at 363-2516.
As of Thursday the city has closed all city parks. In the called city council meeting earlier this week there was action taken for CITY utility billing. They are TEMPORARILY suspending cut-offs for CITY utilities. HOWEVER, this is not waiving of payment. Call and set up payment arrangements at 363-1752. PES will be meeting on Tuesday.
Giles County Executive Melissa Greene and Mayor Pat Ford will be here on Wednesday morning at 8:30 on WKSR's Bonus Hour to keep the community updated.
If you have questions about COVID-19 you can call the Emergency Management Office, Jeremy Holley 363-1342.