Jury Trials to Resume in March 2021



  1. Georgia Department of Community Affairs Announces Rental Assistance Program

    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs will begin administering the Rental Assistance Program (GRA) on March 8, 2021. GRA can help renters with their past due rent and utilities. Read on...
  2. Mask Requirement Continued in 14th Declaration of Local Emergency Approved by Mayor & Commission

    The Mayor and Commission approved the 14th declaration of a local state of emergency at their March 2 meeting. Among other measures, the declaration continues a requirement for face covers in entities and public spaces. Read on...
  3. Order Designating an Alternative Courthouse Location & Plan for Safe Resumption of Jury Trials

    The order outlines the Western Judicial Circuit's plan to safely resume jury selection and jury trial proceedings. It provides guidelines for managing courthouse operations at an alternative location consistent with the latest statewide judicial order. Read on...
  4. Governor’s Statewide Executive Order for March 1-15, 2021

    Governor Kemp signed an Executive Order extending current COVID-19 restrictions and the public health state of emergency. The Executive Order runs through March 15. Read on...
  5. Jury Trials to Resume in March 2021 in Western Judicial Circuit

    Jury trials and most grand jury proceedings have been suspended in Georgia since March 14, 2020. Juror summons are expected to go out in February with the expectation that jury trials will resume in March 2021. Read on...
  6. DPH Launches New COVID Vaccine Dashboard

    The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is launching a new COVID vaccine dashboard on the DPH website (dph.georgia.gov). The dashboard provides a detailed, transparent picture of vaccination administration in Georgia. Read on...
  7. 11th Order Extending Statewide Judicial Emergency

    On Feb. 7, 2021, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton extended for another month the Statewide Judicial Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order was the 11th he has signed that extends the emergency he first declared on March 14, 2020. Read on...
  8. Northeast Health District Opens Drive-Through Vaccination Clinic By Appointment

    In order to meet the increased demand resulting from expansion of the first tier, the Northeast Health District will open an appointment-based, combination COVID-19 testing and vaccination drive-through at a new site at 355 Oneta Street as of Jan. 12. Read on...
  9. Transit Remaining Fare-Free through June 30, 2021

    At their Regular Session meeting on January 6, 2021, the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission unanimously agreed to continue fare-free transit for passengers through June 30, 2021. Read on...
  10. Settlement Leaves Mask Ordinance Requirement in Effect, Changes Last Call to 11:30 p.m.

    The Mayor and Commission held a Special Called Session on Friday, August 14 at 8:15 a.m. to approve a settlement related to the recent adoptions of a mask ordinance requirement and an ordinance changing the hours of alcohol sales and bar closing times. Read on...
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COVID-19 Response Update at Mayor & Commission January 12 Work Session

The December 12 Work Session featured a presentation by Dr. Stephan Goggans of the Northeast Health District on COVID-19 and vaccination efforts in the community. The link below begins at the 9:20 mark at the beginning of his presentation.

COVID-19 Updates at Mayor & Commission Work Sessions - Updated Jan. 12

A PDF of presentations given by Manager Blaine Williams at Work Sessions each month to the Mayor and Commission providing a summary of some of the ACCGov response to the COVID-19 response since March.

Although the PDF is the general update on ACCGov efforts, January's update during the meeting focused on a presentation by Dr. Stephan Goggans of the Northeast Health District about vaccination efforts in the district (PDF | video)

COVID Response Work Session Update - January 12, 2021

Free WiFi for Students

A list of locations with free WiFi at ACCGov facilities and other locations is available at the Clarke County School District website at https://www.clarke.k12.ga.us/Page/948.

Weekly update of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Athens-Clarke County

12,141 Positive Cases Confirmed in Athens-Clarke County, 116 Deaths

March 5 - 4:00 p.m.

The state Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) case tracker (https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report) confirms 12,141 positive cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including 116 deaths, in Athens-Clarke County as of 3:00 p.m. on March 5. For more details and statistics, visit the DPH daily status report website.

These are cumulative cases total since February 25, 2020. For reference, numbers from the beginning of each month:

  • March 1, 2021 - 12,003
  • February 1, 2021 - 11,162
  • January 1, 2021 - 8,580
  • December 1 - 6,723
  • November 1 - 5,872
  • October 1 - 5,121
  • September 1 - 3,082
  • August 1 - 1,694
  • July 1 - 574
  • June 1 - 293
  • May 1 - 155
  • April 1 - 54
  • March 1 - 4

The Daily Status Report is updated once daily at 3:00 p.m. to allow time to process and validate laboratory and case reports. If you view the data, please be sure to check the area showing the definitions of the information presented. Some, such as "hospitalizations," have different meanings than what may be expected.

Governor’s Statewide Executive Order for January 16-31, 2021

On January 15, 2021, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed the Executive Order extending current COVID-19 restrictions and the public health state of emergency. The new Executive Order took effect on January 16, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. and runs through January 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Among other areas, the executive order continues to include provisions for:

  • Residents and visitors to practice social distancing
  • Gathering of persons of more than 50 persons at a single location if they are required to stand or be seated within six feet of any other person
  • Sheltering-in-place for those who have a higher risk of severe illness
  • Guidelines for restaurants and dining services; industry, commerce, organizations & non-profits; healthcare; education & children; governments; sports & live performance venues; and conventions.
  • Enforcement of the order

Read a PDF of the full order