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Gadsden County leaders taking steps to prevent spread of COVID-19

Posted at 6:26 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 22:25:32-04

GADSDEN COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Quincy passed emergency resolutions banning any gatherings of 250 or more people in public spaces.

Gadsden County's resolution will be enacted for 30 days.

Quincy's resolution will be enacted for seven days.

In the Big Bend, Gadsden County is taking big actions against the coronavirus.

Gadsden County leaders say they want to prepare for inevitable, when the coronavirus hits the Big Bend.

The county has not had any confirmed cases, but called an emergency meeting on Friday.

They want to ban mass gatherings of people in groups of more than 250. That falls in line with Governor Ron DeSantis' state of emergency.

The ban is expected to be in place for the next 30 days.

Commissioners hope this stops any possible spread of the virus into the county.

Gadsden County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Anthony Viegbesie, says it's only a matter of time before the virus gets here, so they want to do all they can to delay it for as long as possible.

"We know it's coming," Viegbesie said. "It hasn't come yet. It's almost like the weather forecast that the hurricane is coming down the road and we need to prepare for that emergency. Now, this is a health emergency and a health crisis that is coming."

With more and more people testing positive by the day, Viegbese says he wants to throw out questions now to have answers ready.

"It's a deadly disease that nobody really knows exactly the cure for it right now," said Viegbese. "Nobody knows what's going on. As a matter of fact, one of the questions I'm going to raise in this meeting is, 'how do we prepare staff?'"

An official announcement will be on Friday.