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NEWS FROM CHAIRMAN PITTS’ OFFICE
Update from Chairman Robb Pitts Regarding Atlanta Medical Center
All of us at Fulton County were stunned and extremely disappointed to hear this week about WellStar’s planned closure of Atlanta Medical Center, which has been part of the healthcare network in Fulton County for the last century. As Georgia’s largest county, charged with responsibility for health & human services for 1.2 million people, Fulton County places the highest priority on public health, with annual investments of more than $80 million.
REMINDER FROM CHAIRMAN PITTS’ OFFICE
In 2019, Fulton County completed its first five-year Strategic Plan, and began the development of the 2021-2025 plan. However, the outbreak of COVID-19, resulting in a global pandemic, interfered with the County’s efforts to adopt the new Strategic Plan and a decision was made to postpone development of the plan to focus on the pandemic response.
This allowed the County to rapidly begin rethinking service models, ramp up COVID-19 testing, make improvements to facilities to meet health and safety guidelines, improve IT infrastructure, implement a remote workforce, modify human service programs, and create a stock pile of personal protective equipment for the community. This attention on COVID-19 allowed the County to focus all efforts to meet the immediate needs of the community and manage all resources to address the needs of our citizens.
With a response plan in place, it’s now time for the County to finalize the next five year strategic plan. The Board of Commissioners developed six Strategic Priority Areas for the second strategic plan, which outlines our commitment to Justice and Safety, Health and Human Services, Arts and Libraries, Infrastructure and Economic Development, Open and Responsible Government, and Regional Leadership. With these specific priority areas as our guiding focus areas, the staff has developed objectives to drive impact within each Strategic Priority Area and goals to measure the success of our approach.
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Logic and Accuracy Testing to Begin for the November 8, 2022 General Election
Public invited to observe critical process involving the testing of voting equipment.
Logic and Accuracy (L&A) Testing of the Fulton County Elections voting system will begin on Monday, September 12, at 10 a.m. for the upcoming November 8, 2022 General Election.
L&A Testing will be conducted at the following Fulton County Registration & Elections Warehouses located at
- 1365 English Street NW #A, Atlanta, GA 30318.
- 5210 Phillips Lee Drive Atlanta, Georgia 30336
This testing process confirms that the equipment is loaded with the correct election files, as certified by the Georgia Secretary of State. Upon successful completion of L&A and function testing, all equipment will be ready to be delivered to each assigned polling site in time for early voting and for election day for the November 8 General Election.
To review the Notice of Logic and Accuracy Testing, visit
September is National Preparedness Month! This year’s theme is: “Lasting Legacies”
Creating an emergency response plan and taking small steps each week will increase responsiveness when an emergency occurs.
The focus of this year’s National Preparedness Month will be:
•Building a kit with everyone in mind
•Making a plan to prepare for disasters
•Protecting your family and your property from disasters
•Teaching youth to prepare for disasters
Sign up to receive emergency notifications through the Fulton Alerts Community Notifications (FALCON) System. To sign up, visit https://www.fultoncountyga.gov/falcon and follow Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) on social media for more tips and information!
Fulton County Public Works is celebrating Pollution Prevention Week from September 19th – September 23rd? Learn how daily choices can prevent water pollution in your community at our Pollution Prevention Lunch and Learn Workshop! Attendees can even learn how to get a free Pollution Prevent Kit. Contact Kelli L. Edwards at Kelli.Edwards@fultoncountyga.gov with your questions. Register to attend the workshop at: https://forms.gle/oKJUFoxMk98DYyej7.
ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION PROCESS HAS OPENED & ADVANCED VOTING HOURS & LOCATIONS The 2022 Absentee Ballot Application process opened for Fulton County residents on Monday, August 22, 2022 for the November 8 General Primary Election. Absentee ballots provide the option to residents who need or prefer to vote by mail instead of in-person. Changes in state law in 2021 have brought many changes to the absentee ballot process.
To assist with the absentee ballot application process, the Fulton Absentee Portal is open as of Monday, August 22. Those interested in an absentee ballot for the 2022 Election can go to www.fultoncountyga.gov/absenteeballot or to https://bit.ly/3dQGaXK to 1) request an application, 2) download an application, and 3) return the completed application by accessing the Fulton County Absentee Ballot portal. To vote by absentee ballot in Fulton County, residents must first be registered to vote in Fulton County. To check your status, visit the Georgia My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.
SIGN UP TO BECOME A FULTON COUNTY POLL WORKER
Answer the call: Fulton County is recruiting poll workers for the upcoming elections. Advanced Voting begins October 17 and ends November 4, 2022. Fulton County Elections staff are conducting recruiting fairs, so check for events in your community. Visit: fultoncountyga.gov/elections for more information.
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988 SUICIDE CRISS LIFELINE
Contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline to connect directly with a trained crisis counselor. The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, confidential support to individuals in suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress.
988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.
For more information visit the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988lifeline.org.
SENIOR SERVICES HOSTING VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSES
Fulton County Department of Senior Services will host three virtual open house events. The series will inform seniors, caregivers and community partners about grand-funded programs and will provide additional details about the overall benefits of the services and how to access them. All meetings are held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the following dates:
Thursday, September 22 http://ow.ly/ubEh50Ko8Ll
Thursday, October 20 http://ow.ly/Ht2i50Ko8Li
Monkeypox is spreading throughout the country, and Fulton County Board of Health is working hard to vaccinate those most at risk of catching the virus despite extremely limited doses. Thankfully there are things you can do to help prevent the spread of monkeypox, even if you can’t get vaccinated.
Get the facts about monkeypox & schedule a vaccine appointment at: https://fultoncountyga.gov/monkeypoxoutbreak
FULTON COUNTY SENIOR SERVICES TO HOST THE GEORGIA SENIOR FARMERS’ MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM (SFMNP)
The Fulton County Department of Senior Services in collaboration with the Atlanta Regional Commission will host the Georgia Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
Upcoming market sites will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:
• September 14, 2022- Harriett G. Darnell Multipurpose Facility, 677 Fairburn Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30331
• September 15, 2022 – Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30312
For more information, and to register, please contact the Senior Services STARline at 404-613-6000 or Kendra Clayton, Program Coordinator at 470-878-7322 or via e-mail at Kendra.Clayton@fultoncountyga.gov. Or visit: https://www.fultoncountyga.gov/news/2022/08/08/fulton-county-senior-services-to-host-the-georgia-senior-farmers-market-nutrition-program
PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY!
Fulton County’s Clerk of Superior & Magistrate Courts
Cathelene “Tina” Robinson
Real Estate Activity Alert and Contact Tool
For more details: https://apps.fultonclerk.org/reaact
EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR FULTON RESIDENTS OUTSIDE OF ATLANTA
Fulton County residents living outside the City of Atlanta who are in need of Emergency Rental Assistance may learn more about eligibility and submit their application online or call 855-776-7912 to speak to a live agent.
Follow the @fultoninfo Facebook page for daily updates & announcements!
For assistance contact:
Jennifer Freeman, Special Assistant to the Chairman
Chairman Robb Pitts’ Office
Fulton County Board of Commissioners
O: 404.612.8273, M: 404.747.0677