Hey All,

As a public health professional with a focus on infectious disease, I put this together as a resource guide and public health approach to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Limiting transmission quickly is extremely important to prevent the growth of the pandemic. Having an established communication system with community organizations can greatly help in limiting transmission and creating a consistent clear message for everyone to follow. Person to person contact must be restricted, which requires people being able to stay in and still have necessities and income. All crowded places are a danger to the health of the population as a whole.


Some of this data I pulled from the DeKalb COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan, and added to it. I have also included what I think is important to address for the community and have gathered from community organizers/activists, individuals, and research. Thank you all!

I have also provided this information on Google Docs for your convinence: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V6UKDaUuXkkXlAVe6BjaOD687DVIGq1Yp8AZa74dOOo/edit?fbclid=IwAR1FPSowD-Ekn0Pyq5556AFCKn7Q8rkbprbC2L7wxHxV9jd-d5YI6kzSUR4#

Would love to add to the resource list so let me know if you would like to add any resources! Thanks (resources are not limited to DeKalb)


Topics in DeKalb's COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan


Information/Resources from COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan


Additional Community Needs During Infectious Disease Prevention 


  • Water is safe to consume according to CDC

  • Water billing Payment Phone: 1-866-227-8924

  • Customer Service Phone: 404-378-4475

  • Water/Sewer Emergency Phone: 770-270-6243 (24/7)

  • Areas to get water for people that don't have access

  • Water services should not be cut off, issue of expensive water bills and lack of income

Senior Centers

  • The county’s 317 Meals on Wheels clients will continue to be served as normal.

  • The North DeKalb, South DeKalb, DeKalb-Atlanta and East DeKalb (Bruce Street) senior centers will be open to distribute meals to their 559 customers only. Seniors will be able to pick up their meals between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Senior customers of these centers who do not have transportation should call 770-322-2950 from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • The Lou Walker and Mason Mill multipurpose senior centers will be closed until further notice.

  • Particularly high-risk population, all needs must be met to protect seniors, including free meals, healthcare, and social distancing from larger community 



Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Affairs

  • Students will be able to pick up snacks at the following DeKalb County recreation centers from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday:

-Gresham Recreation Center, 3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta, GA 30316

-Exchange Intergenerational Recreation Center, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30034

-Redan Recreation Center, 1839 Phillips Rd., Lithonia, GA 30058

-Tobie Grant Recreation Center, 644 Parkdale Drive, Scottdale, GA 30079

-N.H. Scott Recreation Center, 2230 Tilson Road, Decatur, GA 30032

-Lucious Sanders Recreation Center, 2484 Bruce Street, Lithonia, GA 30058

-Mason Mill Recreation Center, 1340- B McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033

-Hamilton Recreation Center, 3263 Chapel Street, Scottdale, GA 30079

-Midway Recreation Center, 3181 Midway Road, Decatur, GA 30032

  • County parks remain open

  • All group gatherings, rentals, program and activities will be suspended from March 16-31

  • Identify public spaces that can be used for possible medical centers or housing or other needs


Topics important during critical infectious disease prevention and Resources found through community organizers, individuals, and research

Community needs during Infectious disease prevention – (ask the community first!)


  • COVID-19 hotline (844) 442-2681. “If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.” Dph.ga.gov – Georgia Department of Public Health

  • COVID-19: Home Care and When to Seek Help             https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Dc6ht5k0DUNHKKZNA6xHoWG68BhJlwirsx2LNqscWd0/edit

  • Love in the Time of Corona/El amor en el tiempo de Corona:

               Resources for Low-Income & Immigrant Atlanta/Metro-Atlanta                                                      Residents (Spanish available)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CoLHrqoJY684SZFOS5HP5-                OWHLpDd3Ty4Fj2jwwaDV8/edit?fbclid=IwAR19I2jc1_ykkjhekMAEgdp_vIGLHJnndFxeheJuexapBmsWrVn-W6zWSNk



  • Free medical services if needed

  • Free testing especially high-risk groups (can’t really get accurate calculations without a denominator)

  • Free drop off for food water and medicine – limit exposure person to person

  • Healthcare workers need protective equipment 

  • Telemed availability

  • Healthcare organizations are seen as examples during these times on what to do, allowing employees to work remotely (that are able to) early on would set an example


Mental Health 

  • Free mental health remote services

  • Particularly stressful time, which negatively affects health even lowering immune system



            email: DlinkAdmin@disabilitylink.org

  • Create accessible resources for everyone 

  • Need to make sure people with disabilities are getting what they need, communication about needs with the local organizations


Social Distancing 


  • Ban group activities

  • Close businesses-physical contact (one of the reasons why federal funds are needed to supplement income)


Internet Access, Communication

  • Xfinity WIFI Free for everyone- hotspots. For map visit www.xfinity.com/wifi 

  • New customers will receive two months free of service if eligible. www. Internetessentials.com

                          1-855-846-8376 English

            1-855-765-6995 Spanish

  • Free internet access

  • Since libraries are closed, we need somewhere where people can access WIFI and computer/phones- follow safety precautions (make sure sanitized after each use), one at a time



  • GA power- suspending disconnections for 30 days

  • All utilities should not be discontinued during this time


Legal system

  • Release all ICE detainees

  • Release all non-violent offenders

  • No crowded places, limit interaction

  • Stop court system

  • End cash bails


Stable housing


  • Shelters get help to expand their services and space 

  • People without a place to stay are housed for free

  • Using spaces that are closed to house people where it is not crowded for people – pay hotels and motels to house, public buildings, religious spaces

  • Stop evictions

  • Stop mortgage and rent payments


Public transit 

“The safety of MARTA customers and employees is our top priority and the Authority is taking appropriate measures to prevent the potential spread of the virus,” MARTA wrote in a release to FOX 5 News. “MARTA will continue to thoroughly clean its facilities, rail stations, buses, and trains, with a focus on high touch areas such as handrails, elevator buttons, escalators, and Breeze machines. Antibacterial and antiviral cleaners are used in the clean-up of bodily fluids.”

  • Crowding is dangerous due to increased transmission rates


Community Self-organizing 


  • Government provide tools/resources/information for community leaders – important to have a clear and consistent message about prevention methods. 


Paid leave government employees and income supplementation for others





  • Resources for freelance artists



  • Creatorfund.ck.page – ‘Freelancer or creative and don’t know the next time you’re getting paid, this fund covers up to $500 for medical, rent, groceries, or childcare’.


  • ‘Any food service worker in Georgia diagnosed with COVID-19 or under medical mandatory quarantine should immediately apply for financial assistance through Giving Kitchen’



  • Emergency funds for LGBTQI+ BIPOC


  • Many are unable to work due to the type of industry – need government funds

  • Provide additional income generation remote opportunities 


  • Love in the Time of Corona/El amor en el tiempo de Corona:



Resources for Low-Income & Immigrant Atlanta/Metro-Atlanta Residents (Spanish available)



  • COVID-19 Communication Symbols:


  • Free translation services

  • County/government resources need to be translated 


  • Atlanta Displaced Students: Request Temporary Housing and Storage


  • Meals, housing, resources, need to create more space for limiting contact person to person



  • Free food distribution – provide necessity and limit exposure by delivering food


Domestic Violence

  • Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (gcadv.org), 24 hour statewide hotline: 1.800.334.2836

  • House of Globalization (houseofglobalization.com) contact@houseofglobalization.org

Main line: 678. 712. 8271

Crisis center: 1.800. 908. 9126

  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation avlf.org, 404. 521. 0790

  • Partnership Against Domestic Violence www.padv.org , metro Atlanta crisis line 404.873.1766 

  • Communication with local organizations – any additional resources needed, during these time domestic violence has been shown to increase







  • Education materials including computer etc for students to be able to have access 

  • Teach hygiene and prevention methods for all ages 


Government emergency response info and other additional resources