Better Safe Than Sorry!

    Better Safe Than Sorry!

    Mar 14, 2020

    March 13, 2020

    Real Estate Community Connection

    It is FRIDAY THE 13th

    And what does that mean? Better Safe than Sorry!

    So, on this day, Friday the 13th with lots of uncertainty, what is going to happen today, to us, to our families…and with the potential spread of COVID-19? These next few weeks are even more uncertain. Every few minutes we get the announcement of another cancellation, schools’ closings, church closings, vacation destinations changes…

    There is one thing that is certain, March 13th is my birthday and we survived the 1993 Blizzard here in the south on that day and we will survive this as well.

    What do we do in these scarier than normal times when all events are getting cancelled and stores are running out of supplies? We dig into what we know and what we believe, and we regroup our activities, but we keep on as best we can with life while we live, work and play.

    I was disappointed that the “Shamrock 5k” was cancelled for this upcoming weekend, but I can still go out to our local Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield Park and enjoy a beautiful run or bike ride. I can still celebrate my birthday out and about, but I will pick places where I can sit outside and that is not so crowded. This is a time not to dwell on the inconveniences and the total craziness that appears to be on the media platforms, but to plan ahead but be ok with changing plans, do all the things they are telling us to do with washing hands, disinfect, stay away from large crowds, etc. and then find a new way to enjoy work, life and play. 

    Do what work you can remotely and when you can’t disinfect around you. Play in your own backyard for a bit, cook over a bonfire in the backyard, find the things you used to do when going out wasn’t an option and love those around you. Don’t fight over the last roll of toilet paper or bag of dogfood. Is that really necessary?

    And remember, most of us are strong and healthy and will be ok if we get sick but be very respectful of those less fortunate than us. The elderly, the sick, the ones in cancer treatment and all others with immune diseases and weaknesses. Do the things we are being told to do, not for ourselves, but for all the ones that this could not only be very harmful to but could be fatal.

    None of us are immune from carrying this virus so be careful with yourself, but most importantly be careful around those that are vulnerable. And remember, Isaiah 41:10

    Fear not, for I am with you;

    Be not dismayed, for I am your God.

    I will strengthen you,

    Yes, I will help you,

    I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

    And there are many times God reminds us not to fear. If you think you are in control, this just puts it all back into perspective.

    We live in a great part of the country, in the great state of Georgia and one of the best counties in Northwest Georgia where there are numerous places to live and work, but especially to play in the great outdoors surrounded in beauty!

    When you become fearful, walk outside, look around and breathe!

    Article written and submitted by Lisa J. Heyer, GRI, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-

    Jackson Realty, Broker/Owner.

    Information received from the Walker County Commissioners Office:

    Walker County's Efforts to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19, aka Coronavirus

    Walker County Emergency Management team members, the Walker County Health Department and other local partners are actively monitoring developments with COVID-19. We are in direct communication with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) officials at the regional and state level to plan and take the appropriate action to reduce the spread of the virus and protect the general public. The health and safety of the public is our top priority.

    While there have not been any CONFIRMED cases in Walker County as of March 13th, due to limited testing capabilities, we feel it is appropriate to take precautions to help mitigate the potential spread of this virus in our community

    Walker County Government:

    •         Beginning Monday, March 16th, all Walker County community and activity centers will be closed through the end of March. This includes the Walker County Civic Center, Ag Center, LaFayette Senior Center, Rossville Athletic Center and our various community centers. The Meals on Wheels food service will continue to operate through our Senior Center.

    •         The Walker County Animal Shelter will be closed to the public during this mitigation period. Staff will continue to work in order to care for the displaced pet population. Animal Control will continue to answer animal control calls.

    •         The County custodial staff has been given guidance to prioritize regularly disinfecting commonly touched surfaces – such as doorknobs, countertops, keyboards, handles and light switches.

    •         Information from the CDC will be posted in public buildings providing steps to prevent the spread of the virus.

    •         Custodial staff has begun fogging some of the County’s highest traffic public buildings with sanitizing vapor.

    •         The County also start fogging our Transit buses with sanitizing vapor.

    •         The public is strongly encouraged to conduct business with the County by mail or online as much as possible.

    • At this moment, in order to keep Walker County Government operational, we plan to continue with our public Commissioner meeting calendar but advise those who feel sick or would be at significant risk due to a weakened immune system, from attending. We will continue to post all the County Commissioner Meetings on our YouTube Channel.

    • Chief Judge Kristina Cook Graham of the Superior Court of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit has declared a Judicial Emergency that will affect all courts in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker Counties. It is the order of the court that no jurors or grand jurors shall report, and no jury trials shall be held for a period of 30 days.

    • Our 911 Center is screening calls, so our first responders can take extra precautions around patients with fever, shortness of breath and a dry cough.

    • All 2020 Census public events are suspended. Invitations to fill out the Census online went out in the mail yesterday. We encourage those with Internet access to finish the Census online and Make Walker Count. The Census questionnaire can also be filled out and mailed in or completed by phone.

    • We are continuing to develop operational and support plans for various departments, should the risk of exposure increase in our community.

    Walker County Schools:

    Walker County Schools will be closed from March 16th through March 27th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the school system’s calendar, students and staff will return to school after spring break on April 6th.

    During this time, all Walker County Schools activities will be suspended, canceled, or rescheduled from March 16th through March 27th.

    • Each school has developed an extended learning plan. A packet of information went home with students today. There is a digital component that will allow teachers to interact with students electronically if they have needs or questions.

    • Employees will be paid as normal.

    • The Pre-K lottery application deadline has been extended until April 10th.

    • A plan is being developed to provide breakfast and lunch options for students while school is closed. If interested in receiving assistance, please fill out the linked form. A SchoolMessenger call will go out this Sunday with more details.


    Parents can contact for prices and hours:

    • Academy for Little People- (706) 375-7529 Will remain open at this time & will ONLY offer childcare for school aged children that normally attend.

    • Chattanooga Valley Baptist Daycare- (706) 820-9736 Will remain open at this time & will offer childcare for school aged children that normally don’t attend. Meals will be provided.

    • First Steps (706) 866-2929 Will remain open at this time & will offer childcare for school aged children that normally don’t attend.

    • Flintstone ChildCare Inc. (706) 820-2638 Will remain open at this time & will offer childcare for school aged children that normally don’t attend.

    • Little Kingdom Academy- (706) 841-1300 Will remain open at this time & will offer childcare for school aged children that normally don’t attend.

    • Treasure Academy (706) 935-6837 Will remain open at this time & will offer childcare for school aged children that normally don’t attend.

    • Wee Care (706) 638-3727 (meeting at 4:00 today)

    • Wee Teach (706) 375-4105 Will remain open at this time & will offer childcare for school aged children that normally don’t attend.


    Chickamauga City Schools:

    Chickamauga City Schools will be closed from March 16th through March 27th. Students will return to school on April 6th after Spring Break. The district is taking this action in an abundance of caution to reduce the opportunity for the spread of COVID-19 among teachers and students. In addition to closing schools, the Georgia High School Association is suspending spring sports activities until further notice. All students have a digital device, and digital learning will begin on Monday.

    Student lessons will be provided via Distance Learning Plans for K – 2 (teacher newsletters), and Microsoft Teams for grades 3 – 12 and monitored by their teachers. Governor Brian Kemp provided guidance for school systems today, and the state supports school systems closing for a 14-day period for us to better understand and control the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

    City of Rossville:

    Out of an abundance of care concerning COVID-19 the following schedules will apply:

    •         Rossville Senior Center will be closed from March 16th thru March 30th, 2020.

    •         Rossville Municipal Court scheduled for March 16, 2020 has been postponed until April 20, 2020.

    •         All Rossville Recreational activities in the city limits of Rossville are suspended until March 27, 2020.

    These dates are subject to be extended pending the daily monitoring of Covid-19.

    City of LaFayette:

    •         The City will continue with all services the public relies on, such as public safety, police, fire, sanitation and public works.

    •         City Hall will remain open, but the public is asked to use the phone or mail as much as possible to minimize face to face interactions.

    •         Recreation programs, including the golf course, will be suspended in parallel with the school system.

    Cherokee Regional Library System:

    This information impacts the libraries in Rossville, Chickamauga and LaFayette.

    Walker County library locations will close, effective Monday, March 16th, through the end of the month. Patrons will have this weekend to stock up on materials, such as books and movies.

    Tutorials will be posted on the system’s website and social media for accessing online materials. E-books, audiobooks and e-magazines will be available.

    Department of Public Health:

    •         We need to follow the CDC guidelines.

    •         A daily status report is being updated with COVID-19 cases in Georgia.

    •         There are no cases reported in Walker County as of 3/13/20.

    •         If you are sick, stay home.

    •         Social distancing works and people are encouraged to stop shaking hands

    •         If you think you might have been exposed, DO NOT GO TO THE DOCTOR or HOSPITAL WITHOUT CALLING FIRST. This gives healthcare workers an opportunity to perform triage without exposing everyone else.

    •         There is a big concern about mass gatherings, such as social events and church services. Churches should consider suspending public services over the next two to three weeks until there is a clearer picture about how this virus will play out.

    •         Businesses should be considering things they can help employees and customers do to limit exposure.

    Additional information:

    The Walker County Elections office will be open for early voting for the Presidential Preference Primary on Saturday, March 14th, as well as the satellite locations in Rock Spring, Rossville, Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain. All locations will be open from 9am-4pm.

    You can find updated information with this link.