March 25, 2020
Muscogee County Democratic Committee
Point of Contact: Laura Walker, Chair
706-536-8878 / lauraw64@aol.com

With the rise in positive diagnoses for COVID-19 in Columbus, in Georgia, and in our neighboring state of Alabama, the Muscogee County Democratic Committee is urging Mayor Skip Henderson and the Columbus City Council to issue and ENFORCE a citywide STAY AT HOME order. The exceptions for the order would be for essential services such as grocery stores, banks, public health facilities, and industries that support our supply chain and infrastructure in the City of Columbus.

The COVID-19 virus is spreading exponentially across our state and region. Hospitals, medical supply provisioners, and health care providers are already reaching their limits to care for our sick. Albany, to our south, is in a highly dangerous situation with the number of infected and dead increasing daily. Atlanta’s hospitals have reached their ICU bed capacity but the virus is still spreading quickly. And right across the border in Lee County, Alabama, there is a “hot spot” of infection that is the third highest in their state.

Despite the examples of emergency levels of infection around us, Muscogee County residents are still gathering recklessly and having to work outside of the home providing non-essential services. We have such a great opportunity to help “flatten the curve” of infection by taking steps NOW to prevent this level of lethality in Columbus! Mayor Henderson, you have placed yourself in voluntary quarantine. Not everyone is as conscientious as you’ve been. Strong leadership is needed to PREVENT catastrophic outcomes. Once Muscogee County’s positive test results start to exponentially increase, our window of opportunity will have passed.

Please protect our Columbus citizens:

  • with pre-existing conditions and chronic disease
  • who are or care for senior adults and children
  • who are in vulnerable economic positions; those whose jobs won’t provide them with paid sick leave, those whose service jobs can’t be done from the safety of home, those whose employers will not put human lives above profit without a mandate

Profits and business are important. The Muscogee County Democratic Committee is grateful that the US Senate just passed a vital economic aid package. Economies will recover. People who die from COVID-19 will not. NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT.

Please do the hard right versus the easy wrong. Mayor Henderson and City Council: please issue the STAY AT HOME order today. Save our lives! #StayAtHomeColumbusGA