Wayne County declares health state of emergency

  • Wayne County declares  health state of emergency
    Wayne County declares health state of emergency


Wayne County is now in a state of emergency.

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners declared a public health state of emergency at a called meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The state of emergency began at noon today (Wednesday) and will continue at least through April 6 (unless Gov. Brian Kemp’s declaration of a Georgia state of emergency ends sooner).

The resolution closes all restaurant dining rooms. All businesses, including drive-through and take-out food services, that remain open must keep people at those businesses at least six feet apart to the extent that “the physical constraints of the premises” allow.

Providers of essential services are not bound by the resolution but are still encouraged to try to maintain the minimum personal distance of six feet.

All indoor and outdoor recreation, fitness and entertainment facilities (including county parks) are shut down. Lake Grace will be open only to local residents, only from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and only for fishing. Jet skis and pleasure craft are explicitly prohibited.

No organization is allowed to have gatherings of 10 or more people if that gathering requires people to be closer to each other than six feet.

Anyone “showing symptoms recognized by the CDC as indicators of COVID-19” are banned from public places. Anyone living in long-term care facilities, with chronic lung disease or undergoing cancer treatment is among those ordered to “isolate, quarantine or shelter in place.”

Wayne County Transit will remain open for essential services (work and needed trips to grocery stores, drug stores and medical appointments).

County offices will remain in business, but doors will be locked and will be opened only by prior scheduled appointment or at the department head’s discretion.

(See Saturday’s edition for a more in-depth look at the provisions of the county state of emergency.)


Hospital visitation

Wayne Memorial Hospital has closed visitation at the hospital with the exception of the following:

•Patients under 18 years of age are allowed one visitor in a 24-hour period.

•Obstetric patients are allowed one visitor in a 24-hour period.

•Patients who are suffering from confusion and require one-on-one around-the-clock care from a sitter are allowed one visitor per 24-hour period.

•A person who drives a patient to/from the hospital for outpatient surgery may remain as a visitor.

The front door of the hospital will be locked at 8 p.m. each day, with entrance through the ER lobby only.

The hospital cafeteria remains closed to the public.

A local hotline providing information on coronavirus is available at (912) 402-7625. A 24-hour state hotline is available at (844) 442-2681.

The hospital is also posting information on its Facebook and Twitter pages and provides the following links for those seeking further information:








Police fines,

jail visitation

In an effort to protect the public and employees from the possible spread of COVID-19, the Jesup Police Department is asking everyone who is currently coming into the office to make monthly payments on their fines to instead stay home and be safe.

All fine payments have been put on hold.

The police department will resume taking payments on April 20. For more information call 427-1300 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday- Friday.

The Wayne County Jail announced that Wednesday and Thursday visitation times have been canceled on account of COVID-19.

The new schedule for jail visitation is Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information call 427-5970.