[MARCH 23, 2020]
► In order to protect the public as well as employees, Dale County Commission Chairman Mark Blankenship has issued a directive that all county offices be closed to the public effective Monday, March 23, for a duration to be determined at a later date. The county will still operate via on-line service, mail and drop off.
► Geneva County Commission voted to close the courthouse to the public until April 6.
► The City of DeFuniak Springs has canceled LakeFest 2020, originally scheduled for May 15, 16 and 17 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
► Something Special Boutique in Dothan is temporarily closed until further notice.
► Due to the COVID-19 virus the 2020 Denim and Diamonds Scholarship Gala has been changed to June 6, 2020.
► The Alabama Kidney Foundation will have a virtual walk Saturday, April 4th. Curb side pickup for donations and team prizes at Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce parking lot at 102 Jamestown Blvd, Dothan from 8-10 AM. Tune in LIVE at 9 AM on the Alabama Kidney Foundation Facebook page for the announcement of team prizes and grand total. Online donations are accepted at www.wiregrasskidneywalk.org towards a walker or team. Or donate via Cash App ($AKFKidneyWalk) or Venmo (@AlabamaKidneyFoundation). Please include in the description that it is designated for the Wiregrass Kidney Walk. Donations can also be sent to Alabama Kidney Foundation - P. O. Box 355, Dothan, AL 36302. For any questions, please contact Lisa Baity at LisaB@alkidney.org or 334-547-8467.
[MARCH 19, 2020]
► Thunder Beach Productions announced the 22nd annual Spring Motorcycle Rally in Panama City Beach will not take place as scheduled. “We are not canceling the Rally, just postponing it by 6 months” said Thunder Beach General Manager, Chris Anderson. “This would have been our 22nd Spring Rally and it was gearing up to be our largest one ever! We are excited to announce that .38 Special, Foghat and Colt Ford were all able to reschedule their performances from the Spring Rally to our 20th Annual Autumn Rally, October 21-25, 2020“.
► Organizers cancel Peanut Proud Festival due to COVID-19. Officials announced on Monday that Blakely’s Peanut Proud Festival scheduled for March 28 was canceled. Mike Newberry, Peanut Proud Festival co-chair, said local businesses will miss the economic impact the festival has on the area. He also said restaurants usually have their biggest day of the year during the event.
[MARCH 18, 2020]
► Glory To Him Church in Ozark has suspended services until further notice.
► Bethel Baptist Church, 3257 East Cottonwood Road, Dothan, AL is cancelling all services and activities through March 29 and then will reevaluate. Bethel will broadcast a live online worship service on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. These services can be viewed on Facebook Live or the church’s website at www.bbcdothan.org
► The City of Dothan, in line with the recommendations of the CDC, has elected to cancel all events at their parks and facilities for the next 8 weeks. This included the Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention's annual Superhero 5 K Run/Walk to Prevent Child Abuse. Not to worry though, we have already rescheduled this event for September 12, 2020! We are grateful to our city for doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and are certain that we can count on our city of Superheroes to make this event even more successful in September!!!
► All Ozark city offices will remain open with limited access. The public is asked to use the front door of the Ozark City Hall as all other entrances will be locked. Before entering everyone will be asked a few health questions and temperature will be monitored by trained Fire and EMS Personnel. Only five (5) people at one time will be allowed entrance.
• All recreation programs, including youth sports, are suspended until further notice.
• The swimming program should open as scheduled in April.
• The Crawdad Festival has been postponed until late May. A date will be announced as soon possible.
• The Tennis Courts, Dale County Lake and the playgrounds are still open to the public. We ask that you limit gatherings to no more than 10 people as encouraged by the CDC.
► All Ozark Municipal Court Cases Scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020, have been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 21, 2020 beginning at 8:00 am. Anyone on the Plea Docket for Tuesday, April 14, 2020, your case been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2020 beginning at 8:00 am.
► Bama Slam Music & Arts Festival and Bama Slam Saloon announce cancellations. Bama Slam Music Festival and Bama Slam Saloon have just announced that both Rock N Country Weekend and Memorial Day Get Down have been canceled. However, the Remembering Hee Haw show WILL be rescheduled for November 19.
► Bay Springs Baptist Church in Dothan is canceling all services until March 29 then will reevaluate.
► Panama City Beach SandJam canceled The popular SandJam Music Festival in Panama City Beach has been canceled.
► Several Florida Panhandle counties declared states of emergency Tuesday. Local towns also took steps to limit the spread of the coronavirus by closing town halls.
► DAV Chapter 94 Ozark meeting this Saturday is cancelled due to health concerns.
► All Alabama Career Center locations will close. beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all of Alabama’s 51 Career Centers will close to the public in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This closure will be in effect until further notice.
► Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo cancels. Organizers say that they will cancel the 2020 Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo that was to take place on March 27-28. Ticket holders can get a refund by taking the ticket to the Opp Town Hall. Vendors will be contacted about refunds.
[MARCH 17, 2020]
► Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Dothan is suspending all church-related activities until further notice. The Ridgecrest Fitness Center will also close until further notice. Ridgecrest will broadcast a live online worship service Sundays at 10 a.m., which can be viewed on Facebook Live or the church web site at rbcdothan.churchonline.org.
► The Archdiocese of Mobile cancels all worship services and gatherings and limits many Catholic Social Services and parish outreach services to phone, or grab-n-go.
► The Seabreeze Jazz Festival which was to be held in Panama City Beach on April 22-26 has been canceled. The organizers say they plan to be back next year with the same artist lineup and will honor all 2020 tickets for the same seating.
► Ozark Dale County Library closes due to COVID-19. The Ozark Dale County Library Board of Trustees has decided to close the Library effective March 18th at 3pm until April 2nd, 2020.
► All Florida bars and nightclubs will close down beginning at 5 PM Tuesday. The closure will last for 30 days.
► The 55th annual Eufaula Pilgrimage has been cancelled for 2020 after a vote by the Eufaula Heritage Association Board of Directors. The group says they will not reschedule.
► According to a post on their Facebook page, the Piney Woods Art Festival that was scheduled for April 4-5 in Enterprise has been cancelled.
[MARCH 16, 2020]
► Vaughn-Blumberg Services will be closed at the end of business today, March 16, 2020 through April 6, 2020.
► In accordance with newly issued federal guidance, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order 3.16.20.01 closing all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary public schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020, to March 31, 2020.
► The Hardee's Pro Classic Tennis Tournament has been canceled for April. It may be rescheduled later in the year, but it is unclear as to when or if that is possible.
► Dothan Leisure Services programs, activities, and recreation centers there will be a shutdown until May 9th to be consistent with the Center for Disease Control Guidelines for the next 8 weeks. This time period will be constantly evaluated as to whether it can be made shorter or will need to be longer.
► Dothan Utilities is closing their lobby to customers and only processing drive-thru transactions. Utility customers can call 334-615-4100 or email at email@example.com for hookups and disconnects. Customers can also manage their accounts online at www.dothan.org and www.myusage.com.
►Early Head Start of Dothan – Will be closing for those attending, starting tomorrow through April 6th.
► The Daleville City Schools will be closing for students at the end of Monday, March 16th. We are working on plans to provide lunch and breakfast for our students while we are out next week at pick up points on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday next week. (We will not serve meals during our spring break.) We will be providing specific directions about pick up points soon. Our teachers are also working on some instructional procedures for our students to continue to have practice and review while they are out of school. We will postpone evening meetings and all sporting events until further notice.
► GENEVA CITY SCHOOLS: Tuesday, March 17 will be a half-day and schools will be closed beginning Weds., March 18.
Key information below from @GenevaALSchools. Tuesday, March 17 will be a half day and schools will be closed beginning Weds., March 18. We are closed to help #SocialDistancing Monitor CDC at https://t.co/rL0gp0ZPfm & follow best practices. pic.twitter.com/5d2RSoM5HI— Ron Snell (@GCS_Super) March 16, 2020
► All branches in the DHCLS are closing at noon today and reopening when schools start back. Book drop-off box will still be available, but due dates are being extended until around a week after reopening.
► The Alabama Dept of Public health is recommending new restrictions on gatherings and business as the number of coronavirus cases increases.
• No mass gatherings of 50 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between participants (with exceptions noted below). This may include festivals, parades, assemblies, or sporting events.
• Senior adults or those with chronic health problems should avoid gatherings (outside of close family) of 10 or more persons, and should avoid travel by air, train or bus.
• For retail businesses, including restaurants, limit patronage at any one time to 50 percent of the normally allowable capacity. Restaurants should maintain a six-foot distance between tables.
• Public buildings should consider whether visitation may be limited. Hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are encouraged to implement visitation policies that protect vulnerable persons.
• All persons should consider whether out-of-state travel plans may be delayed or cancelled.
• Participants in religious services or events, weddings, funerals and family events should exercise prudence and maintain consistent six-foot distance between participants if possible.
► Houston County schools will shut down Monday, two days ahead of state mandated deadline
“This is for the safety of our students and staff,” Superintendent David Sewell told WTVY Monday morning.
[MARCH 14, 2020]
► With caution in mind, Landmark Park has decided to cancel Spring Farm Day at this time. We will possibly try to reschedule the event but that’s a decision for the future. The park will remain open for regular hours, but holding an event that draws such a large crowd does not appear to be the right thing to do at this time. Rentals and other events are still taking place. At this time Spring Farm Day is the only canceled event. We will update as needed.
► Houston Academy will follow the Governor's guidelines for school postponement.
► Providence Christian School and Providence early childhood preschool and childcare will follow the Governor's guidelines for school postponement. Our plan is to close at the end of the day Wednesday, March 18th. More information will come later.
► Almost all court cases in Alabama have been delayed for a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Exceptions will be made in certain cases. Bond hearings, plea agreement involving inmates, child protection matters, mental health matters, proceedings related to elderly welfare, and jury trials that have already begun. Hearings can also be via telephone. The ban on most in-person court proceedings will be in effect through April 16.
[MARCH 13, 2020]
► The 36 senior centers in the SARCOA region will be temporarily closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. Meals will be continued to be offered to current senior center participants through alternative methods. Participants will be contacted with information on how they may receive their meals during this period. SARCOA is taking these steps because of our concern for the health and wellness of our seniors, many of whom are at nutritional risk.
► A.R.P.A. State Basketball Tournament in Trussville has been canceled.
► Dothan Miracle League Opening Ceremonies scheduled for tomorrow (3/14) have been canceled and their season has been suspended until further notice.
► The Dothan High School Softball Tournament will still be played this weekend but will be split between James Oates Park and Westgate Softball Complex in order to comply with AHSAA mandate.
► Dothan National League Baseball at Westgate Park has canceled their Opening Ceremonies tomorrow (3/14) but will play their scheduled games.
► Dothan Southern League Baseball at Eastgate park will still have their Opening Ceremonies and scheduled games tonight (3/13).
► Dothan American League Baseball at James Oates Park will still play their scheduled games tomorrow (3/14).
► All USTA play has been canceled thru April 20th – Alabama/Georgia Open Championships at Westgate Tennis Center March 21-24th is canceled.
► Chip George Swim Meet at Westgate Indoor Pool on April 4-5th canceled.
► The April 3rd Downtown Dothan Foster Fest has been canceled.
► Zonta Club of Dothan's International Food Festival that was planned for Saturday, March 14, has been postponed to Saturday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds.
► The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama is asking local congregations to suspend in-person services for the next three Sundays.
► In accordance with the FCSAA, Chipola Athletics will suspend all competition from March 13-27.
“The safety and health of our students is our number one priority,” said Athletic Director Jeff Johnson. “This falls in line with decisions made around the country and gives us time to follow how the situation develops.”
All baseball and softball games previously scheduled between March 13-27 will not be played at this time. It is yet to be determined if these games will be rescheduled.
► WTVY's U-Pick ‘Em March Madness contest has been canceled due to the cancellation of the 2020 college basketball national tournament.
► Enterprise City Schools says the State Dept. of Education advises postponing or canceling any and all field trips inside or outside the state of Alabama. Consequently, the Choral Music trip to Atlanta and the EHS Band trip to Washington D.C. have been canceled.
► Dothan City Schools will postpone or cancel all field trips in or out of state and will limit gatherings where more than 500 people might congregate. Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Edwards, says this the advice from State Superintendent, Dr. Eric Mackey, and will go through April 30.
► Early County Schools close to prevent coronavirus
Early County Schools will close the week of March 16-20, says the Superintendent. All school activities have been suspended until further notice.
► The Houston County Groundwater Education Day has been canceled due to Coronavirus. The Dale County one in April has also been canceled.
► Seminole County closes its schools after signs of coronavirus
Schools will remain closed until March 30 and all extra-curricular activities have also been canceled.
[MARCH 12, 2020]
► Wiregrass Museum of Art Screen on the Green set for Friday, March 13 has been cancelled.
Our annual program sponsor, Southeast Health, encourages our community to practice healthy habits to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. We are grateful for their continuing support, and look forward to offering the other planned film screenings throughout the year.
► Troy University ends in-person classes until April
Troy University officials have announced the transition of all classes to alternative delivery methods.
► Auburn University to transition to remote instruction March 16-April 10
Auburn University will transition from on-campus instruction to remote delivery beginning Monday.
► Panama City Beach Postpones 2020 UNwineD Culinary Event
Panama City Beach has decided to postpone UNwineD 2020, with hopes of rescheduling this fall.
► Temple Emanu-El’s Deli Day 2020 postponed
Temple Emanu-El regrets to inform the community that Deli Day 2020, originally scheduled for May 7th, will be postponed until the fall.
► Fort Rucker confronts Coronavirus
Fort Rucker is encouraging soldiers to follow CDC recommendations for preventing illness spread.
► Wiregrass schools assessing: no big changes yet
With the Coronavirus declared as a global pandemic, Wiregrass schools, and colleges are monitoring and accessing the situation.
► Dothan nursing home stops all visitation at President's urging
Westside Terrace, as of about 9:00 Thursday morning, made the decision to stop visitation, after President Trump urged those restrictions be implemented. Other local nursing homes continue to allow visitation but with restrictions. Extendicare Health and Rehabilitation and Wesley Place are screening those who come to their medical facilities. People who suffer fever, cough, or other signs of illness are not permitted.
► Southeast Alabama Regional Council on Aging (SARCOA) Statement
SARCOA understands the importance of being prepared in times like this and we are concerned for how the Coronavirus may affect the vulnerable elderly and disabled population we serve. We have prepared response plans under the guidance of the Alabama Department of Senior Services and we will continue to closely monitor information and resources being shared by the experts in disease control. While we do not anticipate a disruption in service at this time, there may eventually be some temporary changes in how we deliver those services. In the meantime, we continue to follow health officials’ recommendations to protect against COVID-19 similarly to how we prevent the spread of other illnesses.
[MARCH 11, 2020]
► DCS takes steps to proactively stop spread of viruses
In a letter to Dothan City Schools families, Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Edwards, says the risk to DCS for coronavirus is low, but the school system is taking a few steps to stop the spread of contagions.
► Wesley Place's new policies to keep residents safe from Coronavirus
Wesley Place is taking a head start to keep its residents safe from the virus.
► Dothan Civic Center & Opera House take precautions against CoronavirusWhether its wiping down door handles, sanitizing elevator buttons or cleaning arm rests and railings, custodians are making sure you enjoy your show without fear catching any germs.
[WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW]
Resources: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization have been following the virus closely. They both have resource banks that help you track the outbreak and best protect yourself against it.
Symptoms: According to CDC, symptoms of the virus may appear between two and 14 days of exposure.
• Shortness of breath
Cases can vary, with some only leading to mild symptoms and other leading to severe illness and death.
Prevention: The virus is mainly spread from person-to-person. This can be between people who are in close contact with each other, or through an infected person coughing or sneezing. It’s also possible, according to the CDC, that a person could be infected by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes.
Some things you can do to prevent getting the virus:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Household disinfectants are thought to be effective against the novel coronavirus, but it has not been scientifically proven.