Pandemic guide may provide help for Ebola crisis

In light of the current health concern regarding the Ebola virus, we ask that you take a moment to review the Georgia Pandemic Influenza Bench Guide.  Published in 2009 by the Administrative Office of the Court, this Guide gives scenarios of how Georgia’s courts could be impacted by a pandemic:
 
Scenario for the Georgia Courts:
The pandemic scenario is distinct from other emergency scenarios, hurricanes or tornadoes for example, which might impact the Georgia Courts. The pandemic scenario specifically for the Georgia state Courts is likely to include:

alt•  A significant increase in emergency matters and case filings generated due to issues associated with quarantine and isolation of individuals by state and local public health officials may occur;

•  Of the judges, attorneys, parties, clerks and deputy clerks, sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, court administrators and staff, state and local public health officials, jurors, etc., necessary to perform the mission essential functions, one-third will not be available due to illness or death;

•  Face-to-face contact between judges, attorneys, parties, clerks and deputy clerks, sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, court administrators and staff, state and local public health officials, jurors, etc., necessary to perform mission essential functions may be dramatically limited or unavailable;

•  Court facilities, court infrastructure, public utilities, residences, etc., will all, more than likely, be physically undamaged; and

•  While physically undamaged, facilities, infrastructure, utilities, and services may be impacted by lack of adequate staffing due to isolation, quarantine, illness, or death of necessary staff to keep operations running.
 
The bench guide describes under what circumstances the court order an individual to submit to a medical examination, involuntary treatment for communicable disease, quarantine, temporary closures or evacuations, and habeas issues.
 
Access the Pandemic Influenza Bench Guide at http://bit.ly/1qJtAEG

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