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Commissioner Wilson encourages fellow board members to pass shelter-in-place ordinance

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On Tuesday, March 24, the Henry County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting to consider emergency actions in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Johnny Wilson vocalized support for passing a shelter-in-place ordinance during the meeting.

Commissioner Wilson commented “we need to look at everything we can do today” to help Henry County. He continued he is concerned about the impact to Henry County first responders and the local hospital as more residents are diagnosed with the Coronavirus.

During the called meeting, County Manager Cheri Hobson-Matthews relayed a message from Piedmont Henry hospital that Piedmont modeling shows their medical system will be full with patients by Thursday, April 9, if a shelter-in-place ordinance is not put in place by the end of this week.

Commissioner Wilson motioned to recess the meeting for one hour to allow the county attorney to prepare a shelter-in-place ordinance for the board to consider. The motion received a second from Commissioner Thomas and failed 2-4.

Wilson voted against a later motion to enact restrictions on non-essential businesses. He encouraged other board members to consider the information from Piedmont Henry in his closing comments.

Henry County residents may visit https://www.co.henry.ga.us/Residents/COVID-19 for the most recent information regarding the county government, closures and cancellations, and health resources during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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