Tuesday, June 23, 2020

COVID-19 Cases And Deaths Increased In Region And State On Tuesday–A Day With Little Good News Regarding The Pandemic

***Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Ventilator Use Increase***

The seven-day rolling average of added COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths attributed to the disease increased on Tuesday both in the 10-county Northeast Health District that includes Oconee and Clarke counties and in the state overall.

In the 24 long-term care facilities in the Northeast Health District with COVID-19 contamination, the number of deaths and the number of residents with COVID-19 increased, as did the number of staff with the disease.

Oconee County Budget Hearing Results In Call For Septic Tank Monitoring And Internet Investment

***Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Outlined***

Two citizens used the opportunity of a Budget Hearing of the Oconee County Board of Commissioners last week to raise concerns that have budget implications but that were not directed as specifics of the budget presented.

County Finance Director provided the commissioners and the public the final details of the $53.3 million budget which includes no new positions, no salary raises for existing employees, and increased spending on health insurance benefits.

Gonzalez Said In Meeting With Oconee County Democrats She Is Ready To Launch Campaign If Judge Orders District Attorney Election

***Hearing Scheduled For Thursday***

Athens attorney Deborah Gonzalez said last week she is ready to seek election as district attorney in November pending the outcome on her suit against Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to force the state to hold that election.

Gonzalez told Oconee County Democrats, meeting virtually last Thursday evening, that U.S. District Court Judge Mark Cohen in Atlanta has scheduled a hearing on her motion for a preliminary injunction against Kemp and Raffensperger for 10 a.m. on this coming Thursday via Zoom.