June 1, 2020

A Message From Sheriff Ross Henry

Heard County Citizens:

First and foremost, I would like to thank the citizens of Heard County for your cooperation and patience as we deal with the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

As you know, this event has been a learning curve for all of us.

With all the updated information and guidelines coming out from the CDC and the Georgia Dept. of Public Health daily, sometimes hourly, we are temporarily adjusting our policies and procedures.

We, as first responders, need you, the public, to help us all stay safe and healthy.

Your local police, sheriff’s deputies, fire and EMS personnel need to remain safe and healthy in order for us to be there for you in your time of need.

To keep you and our personnel safe we can all practice the following:

  1. Social Distancing – staying at least 6 feet apart from other persons

  2. Staying Home – Stay home if at all possible unless you have an urgent need to leave.

  3. Please talk to your children and about the current health dangers…..just because they are out of school, this is not a time to gather in groups to socialize.  Have them communicate with their friends, via social media, etc….. not in person.

  4. Check on your elderly neighbors, family or friends.

  5. If you can’t work from home and are required to report to work, follow your employer’s safety guidelines.

  6. Remember, to keep washing your hands.

The Heard County Sheriff’s Office is here to protect and serve. Our deputies remain on patrol and staff is on duty at the office.

Our lobby remains open to the public at this time, however, we ask that anything that can be handled by a phone call, fax or e-mail be done so.

If you have to come by the office, please call and schedule a time to do so. Deputies are still responding to calls for service.

To limit person to person contact, if a call can be handled by a telephone call, you will be contacted by a deputy and a report will be taken by phone.

Our officers have been provided with limited personal protective equipment for their safety and yours.

Please don’t be offended if a deputy asks you take a few steps back while talking to you in person, or if they wear a facial mask or provide one for you to wear. Our goal is to do all we can to help reduce the spread of this dangerous virus.

I stress to you to please stay home if possible and to practice social distancing. Continue to monitor your local news for updates and follow all guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

I know that these are trying times, but together, we will overcome this much unexpected and catastrophic event.

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those of you who have called my office with words of encouragement and those of you that are praying for us.

Sheriff Ross Henry

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