Category: COVID-19


ATLANTA—On Thursday, April 8, Gov. Brian Kemp’s Executive Order became effective, rolling back the remaining COVID-19 restrictions on Georgia’s economy. The Governor’s Executive Orders are available to read here.  More details on the Executive Order is below: Executive Order ▪ Will become effective April 8 through April 30, 2021 ▪ Eliminates the Gatherings ban ▪ Eliminates Shelter-in-Place […]


DECATUR, GA—Mental health, racial equity, strengthening the community, and rebuilding the public health workforce are just some of the focus areas for this year’s observance of National Public Health Week , April 5-11. As the COVID-19 pandemic passes its first full year, it has revealed significant challenges and opportunities in public health in DeKalb County, the district’s health […]


DECATUR—Due to the Good Friday holiday, the DeKalb County Board of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites will operate on a modified scheduled on Friday and Saturday. Changes in operations are as follows:   Doraville MARTA Station Vaccination Site Stonecrest Vaccination Site (former Sam’s Club) Greater Piney Grove Testing Site (East Atlanta) Board of Health […]


ATLANTA, GA— When a family of five Birmingham, Alabama children lost both parents to COVID-19 late last year, the mother’s sister, who has seven children of her own, became their guardian.   Christian and Amber Fletcher, co-founders of the Atlanta-based Fletcher Fund for Equality and Education, were moved to lend their support. The Fletcher Fund […]


Vaccines expected to open to all Georgia adults in April ATLANTA, GA– Gov. Brian P. Kemp has announced expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations. On March 15, vaccination criteria will expand to include Georgians aged 55 and older and individuals with disabilities and certain medical conditions. “As we have said from the beginning of this pandemic, we will […]


DECATUR, GA—The  DeKalb County Board of Health has set its schedule to make up remaining Moderna second doses, affected by vaccine shipping delays in mid-February last week. For both vaccination sites, the former Sam’s Club, located at 2994 Turner Hill Rd., in Stonecrest, and the Doraville MARTA Station, located at 6000 New Peachtree Rd., in […]

On Common Ground NewsFebruary 13, 2021

ATLANTA–Georgia officials announced that more than 1 million Georgians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. As of Friday, Feb. 12, 1,010,521 Georgians had received at least one dose of vaccine, while 348,561 Georgians have completed the full series of doses, officials said. Georgia has now administered over 75 percent of doses shipped to […]

On Common Ground NewsFebruary 9, 2021

Online application to go live Friday, Feb. 12, at 9 a.m.   DECATUR, GA—DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond announced “Help is on the way,” as he rolled out details today (Feb. 9) of the county’s receipt of a $21 million grant from the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance program. Thurmond convened a Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition(TLAC) comprised […]

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