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The Grady County Board of Commissioners met in a special called meeting this morning, Friday, March 27, to execute a joint declaration of a state of emergency regarding COVID-19. This joint declaration is also expected to be approved by the Cairo City Council at a called meeting at 11 a.m. and then by the Whigham City Council tomorrow at a called meeting scheduled for 8 a.m.
This action requires residents to shelter in place from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. except to perform essential activities, perform work at an essential business or obtain healthcare services. Any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or just tested for the virus and is awaiting results is ordered to remain in his or her place of residence except to travel to and from healthcare providers. This emergency declaration does not close grocery stores, but all churches are required to cancel in-person services and hair and nail salons are to temporarily close.


  1. Now Berg on March 27, 2020 at 11:17 am

    The last word should be “closed” not “close”.

    • Dianne Boutwell on March 27, 2020 at 3:10 pm

      Reply to Now Berg: No, it shouldn’t. Please read it again. It is correct.

  2. Deborah Moore on March 28, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Churches are supposed to be closed to in-person services. If that church has the capability to stream services online tomorrow but requires members to assist in making this happen, should they still be complying to no more than ten people and social distancing regardless of how big the building is? My reason for asking is I know that there will be more than ten people at this church and I’m really irritated by the lack of cooperation in what we are being asked and told to do. There are many other churches that do not have the means to offer alternative services and they are doing what has been asked and are doing just fine. This is a prime example of why COVID 19 is spreading! You don’t need a sound crew, security and anyone else to stream services. You are not celebrities or above the law. Quit being selfish and get over yourself and think about what you are subjecting others too.

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