5 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Donalsonville

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DONALSONVILLE, Ga. (WTVY) -- About 25-miles down the road from Blakely, Donalsonville, Georgia has also enacted an emergency ordinance.

The City of Donalsonville now has 5 confirmed cases of Coronavirus. So to keep residents safe, when the sun goes down and the street lights come on, residents must be inside their home from 10pm to 5am.

Donalsonville city council met to approve an emergency ordinance,
one of the measures enforced.... A curfew within the city limits.

A number of procedures have also been approved due to the COVID-19 outbreak...

Public buildings will be closed to all walk in traffic and by appointment only, inside dining areas, bars and night clubs are closed and all gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited unless abiding by social distancing.

The ordinance will expire in 30 days unless the council says other wise,
with hopes to bring this crisis to a close as soon as possible.

"If you had a barbecue and had 20 people there we didn't really have the authority if it was on private property to stop it. Now this gives us the ability to ask people to break up and disperse. Were not looking to arrest people, were looking to encourage people to respond and comply with the requirements and the recommendations that are in place," city manager, Steve Hicks said.

As of March 25th, at the Donalsonville Hospital there have been 89 tests administered, 79 of those were negative, and 5 positive results.

For updated numbers on COVID-19 you can visit their website at donalsonvillehospital.org.