These are challenging and unprecedented times for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) and its five programs in light of COVID-19, commonly known as Coronavirus. I am thankful to all who have persevered their dedication to our clients and our noble mission. I still believe we are moving forward toward our goal of delivering better customer service, but our approach to service delivery may be altered for the immediate future. Let me also impress upon all of you, that on the other side of this public health crisis, those we serve may have more pressing needs than ever before. We push on so that we can be there to meet those needs in the future.

Let me first address client services at the local level. We are immediately suspending in person client meetings. However, GVRA remains open for business. All counselors should make arrangements to conduct meetings by phone or other digital conferencing options. 

That said, our local offices may place signage on doors to let potential clients know that, while we are happy to serve them, we will do so through other platforms. A sign template is attached here. 

We do have a handful of locations impacted by COVID-19. They are as follows:

The fifth floor of our 200 Piedmont Administrative Offices has been impacted by the illness of a coworker who is presumed positive. At this time, those permanently assigned to this floor are asked to telework for 14 days. CDC advisories may include recommendations to self-quarantine.

Our Ellijay Vocational Rehabilitation office and our Tucker Vocational Rehabilitation office have closed because individuals connected to those offices are positive or presumed positive for COVID-19.

Our College Park Vocational Rehabilitation office remains open, though one staff member lives with a family member who is presumed positive for COVID-19. That staff member and the relative are self-quarantined. At this time, staff in that location are advised to follow the arrangement previously communicated.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Office at 1718 Peachtree Street in Atlanta is closed today only for deep cleaning. No presumptive positive or positive cases have been identified in relation to 1718 staff.

We commit to transparency going forward. Please continue to consult all resources provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control.