COVID-19 Response Information
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Executive Order Closing Playgrounds and Park Amenities
In our increasing effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-14, all City Park amenities, including Playgrounds, Basketball Courts, Shelters and Ball Fields are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. General park grounds and trails will remain open, provided social distancing protocols are followed. Previous orders regarding curfew and gathering shall remain in effect.
Executive Order on Curfew and Gatherings
Mayor and Judge/Executive today each signed executive orders prohibiting gatherings of 10 more people, except for activities such as going to the grocery store, and implementing a curfew for minors from 9pm to 6am unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or traveling to/from work.
State of Emergency Declared
Effective March 17, 2020, Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather and Scott County Judge/Executive Joe Pat Covington have each declared a State of Emergency. While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgetown or Scott County, the State of Emergency declaration serves to activate available federal resources, enable quicker local response to changing circumstances, engage personnel and volunteers for response efforts, allocate resources to disaster recovery, and enable local law enforcement and emergency management to safely keep the peace.
Effective March 18th, all city-owned buildings are closed to the public until further notice to limit person-to-person contact. At this time, staff will remain onsite and will be available by phone or email to conduct city business. Emergency services will continue to operate. Building closures include:
- Police Station
- Fire Stations 1, 2 and 3
- City Hall
- Codes Division
- Public Works
- Recycling Center
- Senior Citizens Center
- The Pavilion Recreation Center
- Ed Davis Learning Center
Effective March 18th, the Recycling Center will suspend operation. Staff will be reassigned to general Public Works and Sanitation duties. Trash pickup will continue as scheduled. Increased absences may necessitate changes to the collection schedule in the future.
Boards and Committees
All city-run committee and board meetings are suspended until further notice. Any meetings required to conduct necessary city business during this time frame will be conducted via phone or cloud-based collaboration system.
Visit the following websites for information regarding independent agency board meetings:
City Council Meeting
The regularly scheduled City Council Meeting of March 23rd is canceled.
All staff meetings will be conducted via phone or cloud-based collaboration.
Fees, Penalties and Interest
The City is waiving penalties and interest on taxes, fees, and fines incurred during the State of Emergency.
At the discretion of the Chief of Police, downtown parking spaces may be reserved, as necessary, for “Carry Out” only parking for local restaurants.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission has ordered all utilities under its jurisdiction to suspend disconnections for non-payment, as well as late payment fees.
Community Services (LIHEAP Crisis) (Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Mercer, Scott and Woodford)
As of yesterday afternoon we have closed Community Development offices in all nine counties but the Community Developers are working from home. With our phone system, anyone needing assistance can still call our local number and to get assistance. We will be using technology as much as possible to prevent face to face exposure. The closure of the offices also stops groups of clients waiting in the waiting area. We tested our phones this morning and all rolled over to our staff’s cells.
Senior Centers (Anderson, Bourbon, Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer, Scott and Woodford)
All Senior Centers are closed to the public. Staff are reporting and preparing all home delivered and congregate meals that are then delivered to the seniors. Staff are also contacting the seniors by phone to reassure, answer questions and/or see if they are in need of anything. For those who have no other form of transportation we are taking to doctor visits if needed. As of yesterday afternoon, the Department of Aging and Independent Living sent out directives for all centers to add anyone 60 years of age and above to the delivered meals if requested as long as the facility had the capability to do so.
Head Start (Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Jessamine, Mercer, and Woodford)
All of our facilities are closed. Staff are working from home and in contact with the families and children. All families have been notified of where children are being fed in their community and told to call staff if they need assistance. Parent trainings are being sent through our ReadyRosie App and additional work for the children to complete is being sent by email.
BGCAP Adult Days (Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer and Woodford)
All Adult Day facilities last day was last Friday. Staff are to still make contact with caregivers and offer assistance if needed. Adult Day Staff have been given the opportunity to work with their associated Senior Center staff for meals, etc.
BGCAP Transit (Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Mercer, Scott and Woodford)
Our Demand Response (Door to Door) service is still operating. Yesterday afternoon, we were notified by the state that for the Medicaid eligible clients using the service, we must only put one client on a bus per trip. This, along with the closure of all Adult Day facilities in the state by Friday, has reduced our number of trips considerably making it (mathematically) possible to perform the 1:1 service.
All of our deviated fixed routes (DanTran, NichTran and GTran) are continuing their normal schedule for now. We are currently seeing no drop in their ridership and we are aware that for many we are their only way to get to groceries, pharmacies, etc.
BGCAP Health Benefit Assisters
As of today, none of our Assisters will be attending group events until further notice. They have sent flyers to the hospitals, jails, prisons, health departments, public libraries, etc. with their phone numbers to assist with signing up for health insurance.
Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP)
The Department of Labor ordered all seniors in this program to stop going to their assigned work sites and are allowing the participating seniors to be paid for 20 hours a week for the next 4 weeks. (I expect this to be extended.)
Senior Companion Program
This program is on hold as well and allowing the seniors to continue drawing their stipend for a while.
General resources for COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/ - hotline 800-232-4636
https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx - KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services website or hotline (800) 722-5725
Non-emergency line for 911 Dispatch Center - (502) 863-7820 or (502) 863-7821
Emergencies - 911
Questions regarding utilities - see https://psc.ky.gov/ or call 1-800-772-4636 - PSC has ordered utilities to Stop disconnections for non-payment until further notice due to COVID-19; they have also halted late fees; this is in effect for at least 30 days
Scott County Schools “Important Information” - https://www.scott.k12.ky.us/
Scott County Schools Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/scottcoschools/