On Monday, city officials learned that three South Fulton firefighters responded to a 911 call for a teacher at Bear Creek Middle who has tested positive for COVID-19. In response, Fire Station No. 15, along with the city’s parks and art centers were closed.
Officials have since announced that the firefighters had no direct contact with the teacher and have shown no symptoms, but have been self-quarantined. Professionals have been brought in to sanitize the fire station and it is set to reopen this afternoon. Parks and arts centers are open again, however, the city is carefully reviewing its schedule of public meetings and events are postponed until further notice.
Like other cities around the U.S., South Fulton is stepping up its response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Procedures have been enhanced to sanitize parks and recreation facilities, including adding multiple cleanings each day in high-traffic areas. City officials have prioritized funding for equipment and other resources needed to ensure the safety of residents and staff, including 500 sets of personal protection equipment for firefighters, police officers and other employees. The city has also purchased decontamination supplies for its vehicles.
South Fulton officials will hold a special called meeting today at City Hall at 3 p.m. to address recent local developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak. They’ll discuss proposed actions, related budget items and the public meeting schedule when they convene. A press conference will follow.
“As always, our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff,” said Mayor William “Bill” Edwards. “The city’s staff has worked hard to stay ahead of the curve on this issue and we want to ensure they have the support and resources needed get the job done right.”