COVID-19

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority is taking proactive steps to prepare for and mitigate against COVID-19.
The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) is working closely with our partners at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) to monitor the impact of COVID-19. GWCCA Department of Public Safety – Office of Emergency Management (DPS-OEM) staff are in daily contact with both DPH and the Fulton County Board of Health to gain insights on the spread of the coronavirus, health surveillance/screening efforts at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and updated data on possible impacts to Georgia and the rest of the country.

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Real Time Updates

Our Efforts

GWCCA facility operations staff are already at an elevated approach to infection control. The precautionary measures in place include:

We also encourage all our team members and guests to follow the guidance below:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 is a very dynamic and unique problem with constant changes in guidance and strategy. Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) is actively engaged with the Fulton County Board of Health and the GA Department of Public Health (DPH) and will provide updates as we receive them. We recommend customers, exhibitors, and attendees continue to review DPH and CDC websites for the latest updates.

Yes. GWCCA has a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) with respect to disasters and emergencies, including COVID-19. Our plan complies with best practices called for under the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

GWCCA will activate its EOP in the event of any campus emergency, which provides a clear command structure of responsibilities during an emergency. While GWCCA would generally lead the initial local response, you and your staff would be involved in the process.

Yes. Our in-house medical provider, Event Medical, has planned an appropriate medical response for instances including those where their patients are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Medical providers who operate within Georgia World Congress Center are aware of this enhanced medical response protocol.

In general, no. Most people experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will self report to a First Aid station or ask a uniformed GWCCA staff member for assistance. However, under certain circumstances, extraction of a patient who is having serious distress due to symptoms may be noticeable.

Contact GWCCA Public Safety at (404) 223-4911 and provide the location of the person and a description. GWCCA Public Safety will respond and medical professionals will evaluate the person.

The State of Georgia has a new 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.

If someone is experiencing symptoms, GWCCA Public Safety will isolate the patient(s) outside of our facility and contact medical providers.

Specific to GWCCA, we have standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including an adequate supply of N95 particle masks, nitrile gloves, eye protection, and Tyvek protection coveralls. Event Medical and other medical providers operating in Georgia World Congress Center have their own stockpiles of this same type of PPE.

GWCCA has increased hand washing stations throughout our high-traffic areas and has deployed alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility. Additionally, our Facility Operations staff is performing constant disinfecting and cleaning of common touchpoint areas (door handles, escalator handrails, comfort stations, food service areas, etc.). We are exceeding the recommended CDC guidance on cleaning frequency. Additionally, GWCCA’s Communications team is amplifying current CDC infographics and prevention and hygiene strategies via strategic placement on monitors, staff comfort stations, organizational Intranet, social channels, and GWCCA.org.

GWCCA is amplifying current CDC messaging on prevention and hygiene strategies. This messaging is appearing on all facility monitors, social channels, and our website. We also are amplifying this messaging via internal communication channels (GWCCA intranet, monitors) to ensure we are reaching and informing all GWCCA team members.

According to current CDC information, those most at risk for infection are people in close proximity (within 6 feet) of a person who has COVID-19 for an extended period of time. Simply walking by a person who has COVID-19 presents a very low risk of infection. COVID-19, as with most respiratory illnesses, is spread by fluid droplets (cough, sneeze, etc.) from an infected person.

The Georgia State Public Health Laboratory will generally provide presumptive test results to a patient within a few hours. Currently, the CDC must confirm the presumptive test results before the case is considered positive for COVID-19. This CDC confirmation process may take several days.

Yes. GWCCA’s Department of Public Safety-Office of Emergency Management is in daily contact with our public health partners. They provide us with the most current situation summaries, guidance, and recommendations.

GWCCA's Communications team will lead any public-facing messaging from GWCCA. They will handle coordination and collaboration with a client to ensure appropriate points are conveyed on a client’s behalf.


Resources

Contact COVID-19 hotline

The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. 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.
Hotline: (844) 442-2681

For the most up-to-date information, guests should visit the DPH website at https://dph.georgia.gov/ or CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. CDC also offers free resources including video, fact sheets, and posters. Click the links below to access this information.

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