Weekly Update: March 2020

Community Events


Lockerly Arboretum 2020 Calendar of Events
February 6:  Wine in the Woods, sponsored by Rotary Club of Milledgeville.  Special guest group: members of service organizations.  Purchase tickets HERE.   
February 22:  Georgia Arbor Day.  Program TBD.
March 5:  Wine in the Woods, sponsored by Jim Fain/ReMax Realty.  special guest group: Veterinarians and animal welfare employees.
April 17:  Plant Sale. Members only, 11am - 1pm, Public 1pm - 6pm
April 18:  Plant Sale.  Public 8:30am - 11:30am 
April 25:  National Arbor Day.  Guest speaker:  Frederick Law Olmstead.   
May 7:  Wine in the Woods.   
September 26:  Lockerly Under the Stars.
October 1:  Wine in the Woods, sponsored by Magnolia State Bank.  Special guest group: Magnolia State Bank customers.  
October 31:  Family Fun Day
December 3:  Holiday Reception

Chamber Events & News

STAR Winners

The Annual STAR Luncheon was held at Sandersville United Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 19th.

WCHS STAR Student: Taylor Jackson, Teacher: Mr.Seth Watts. Brentwood School STAR Student & County Winner: Christopher Kitchens, Teacher: Mrs.Traci Upton. Meal: Tina’s Catering. Floral: Wiles Florist. Sponsors: Citizens Bank of the South, B-H Transfer, and Queensborough Bank.

Valentine Giveaway Winner

Look at this lucky winner, Belinda Rhodes, who is taking home all these fabulous prizes! Many thanks to all who participated in the Valentine Giveaway, and, remember, you can always just stop right in your favorite retail store anytime!

Fun at the February Business After Hours


We had a great start to 2020 with the February Business After Hours! Attendees had the privilege of celebrating the Ribbon Cutting of Southern Ethos Wealth Management and enjoyed great food from The Lodge Meat Market! Our next Business After Hours will be on March 12th at Georgia Military College. See you soon, Members!

WACO Schools


Local Business

Wedding Package if paid in full during March 2020:
$1295 for 2 days (Friday 9am - 8pm & Saturday 8am - midnight)
Savings of $705 as our full price for a 2 day package is $2,000.
March Madness general event promo:
Block of 6 hours on a Friday or Saturday for a general event(birthday, anniversary, etc.) 
$525 if paid in full at booking during March 2020. Regular price is $600!‚Äč

Get a 6-Inch Oven Roasted Chicken or Veggie Delite for $2.99!

Sliders Starting at $1.89!

March 5-15: Buy one Blizzard, get one for $0.80! (Any size and any kind!)
March 19: Free Cone Day!

Now Hiring!


Special Announcement

DPH Preparations for Potential Spread of COVID-19

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with the CDC, and state partners to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S., including Georgia. The goal is to quickly identify cases of COVID-19 and take the appropriate public health action to reduce its spread and protect the general public. It is important to note that at this time, the overall risk of COVID-19 to the general public remains low.

“We urge Georgians to prepare for hurricanes or flooding or take measures to prevent flu, so preparing for an outbreak of COVID-19 is no different,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., DPH commissioner. “DPH is working to make sure our health systems, first responders and county health departments have the resources they need to respond to a COVID-19 outbreak.”

DPH already has a detailed pandemic flu plan that was developed in partnership with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the Georgia Department of Education and other state agencies, and will be adapted for a COVID-19 outbreak in the state. DPH has responded to other serious disease outbreaks, including Ebola and Zika virus and each instance has provided new insight and guidance and highlighted the need to be as prepared as we can be.

DPH Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) is providing CDC information and guidance about COVID-19 to all health care and hospital facilities throughout Georgia, and holding weekly calls with the entire public health and hospital/health care community to update information and answer questions.

DPH epidemiologists are on-call 24/7 to help health care providers evaluate individuals presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 to ensure that possible cases are managed safely, support laboratory testing and implement recommendations from the CDC. In the event of COVID-19 in Georgia, epidemiologists would also be monitoring outbreaks and recommending control strategies, including guidance regarding testing and isolation.

Should it become necessary, DPH may recommend appropriate community mitigation measures for affected communities, such as temporary closure of child care facilities and schools/colleges and universities, school and workplace social distancing measures, and postponement or cancellation of mass gatherings. Additionally, businesses should consider ways to implement strategies to reduce the impact of a potential COVID-19 outbreak on their workforce, including teleworking and cross-training employees on essential job functions.

The same measures that are urged to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus are increasingly important for all Georgians:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The best prevention against the flu is vaccination. Flu is still widespread and active in Georgia - it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

Passenger screening at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport is ongoing. This is to identify people coming from China who may have been exposed to and are at risk of developing COVID-19, and to provide appropriate assessment and monitoring to protect the general public.

COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and guidance is subject to change. The preparations currently underway in Georgia are based on the best scientific information we have from the CDC. DPH will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and work with state partners and health care communities to incorporate the most up to date guidance in our planning and preparation efforts.

DPH will continue to update Georgians through our website www.dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus, our Facebook page and our Twitter account. It is important to remember that the most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak is available through DPH or the CDC’s website www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/index.

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter - Weekly Update: March 2020