Irrespective of what neighboring cities are putting in place, the City of Pooler will continue to follow the Protective Orders set in place by the Chatham County Declaration of Emergency on March 22, 2020. We do encourage you to limit your outings to essential trips such as medical, food, and work.
We will be following Chatham County's declaration listed below.
In addition to the Emergency Protective Orders put in place by Chatham County, the City of Pooler is recommending the following: It is recommended for hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and health spas to close. If you choose to remain open, we encourage you to do so by appointment only and avoid walk in clients. This is another effort put in place by the City to limit the amount of people gathering in one location.
Pooler City Hall will be CLOSED to the public beginning Thursday, March 19,2020. This is in attempt to help ensure the well being of our employees, as well as the community they come in contact with. Emergency services are not stopping! Effective tomorrow, please pay Utility bills via https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/poolerga or the drop box located at City Hall. Please feel free to call if you have a department specific question as employees are still reporting and working as scheduled. The City Hall phone number is (912)748-7261. Thank you for your cooperation.
The next council meeting scheduled will be April 6th.
The meeting scheduled for the 23rd has been cancelled.
Both the Recreation department and Senior Citizens Center will be stopping all activities effective immediately, they will reopen March 30th.
Good Morning, Chatham County
Our partners at the Department of Public Health created this list of frequently asked questions. We recommend that you take a few minutes to look over this document- all information is sorted by category. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, Public Health has created a COVID-19 Hotline: 1-844-442-2681.
Q: Do we have any cases here?
A: If/when we get a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, we will let the public know. The Georgia Department of Public Health updates its website, dph.ga.gov, every day at noon with a map of lab-confirmed cases around the state of Georgia.
Q: What happens when we start getting cases?
A: Even if you are in a county with no confirmed case, don’t assume the virus is not present. Because testing has been limited, we may not have an accurate picture of the current level of infection across our area. That’s why we must all take measures to protect ourselves and others from spreading germs.
Q: Can I get tested for COVID-19 at the health department?
A: No. Local health departments cannot evaluate, test, or treat COVID-19.
Q: Who can get tested and where?
A: Right now, all tests for COVID-19 must be ordered by a physician. Federal and state agencies are working to expand access to testing, but currently testing supplies and laboratories are limited. That’s why testing must be prioritized. Not everyone should get tested. Clinicians use certain criteria to determine if testing is warranted. Priorities for testing include:
Q: What if I have symptoms or think I have COVID-19 but don’t fall into a priority testing category?
A: We are still in flu and allergy season and several symptoms of COVID-19 are similar. If you have symptoms including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, then you should stay home and away from others. You shouldn’t go outside your home except to get medical care but – and this is important – don’t seek medical care without calling the healthcare provider first. That will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. If you have symptoms:
Q: How many people are being tested?
A: We don’t know how many people are being tested. Commercial laboratories are not required to report the number of tests they’ve ordered; however, they MUST report any positive tests to public health.
Q: How will we know if people in our area are positive for COVID-19?
A: Laboratories must report positive tests to public health. If/when we are notified that we have lab-confirmed positive cases, we will let the public know through our website (GaCHD.org), media partners, social media outlets, communications through other community partners such as Emergency Management Agencies.
Q: Are there home testing kits available?
A: No. We understand people are concerned and that many individuals would like to be tested. Right now, the only way to get tested is for a physician to order the test. But again, if you have mild symptoms you should isolate yourself from others in your household and care for yourself at home. If your symptoms become worse, call a healthcare provider.
Q: What is social distancing?
A: Social distancing means minimizing contact with people. It also means that if you are near someone in public, try to stay at least 6 feet away. The less contact people have with one another means the less opportunity for the virus to spread. Slowing the spread of the virus means we can keep our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.
Q: Should I wear a facemask?
A: If you are sick, you should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
Q: Should I go to church/party/community gathering/bar?
A: Right now, federal and state guidelines recommend staying home if possible and limiting time in public places as precautions associated with social distancing. The more we use social distancing techniques, the more we reduce the risk of the virus spreading. This is especially important for older people and those with underlying health conditions who are most vulnerable to the virus.
There is a state of Georgia hotline people can call with questions or if they think they may have been exposed: 1-844-442-2681
Again, if you believe you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up to an emergency room or healthcare facility unannounced.
City of Pooler, GA | 100 US HW 80, Pooler, GA 31322
City Hall: (912) 748-7261
Police Department: (912) 748-7333
Date of Authorization: 2/13/08