WHEREAS, like much of the world the United States, the State of Georgia, and the City of Atlanta are currently responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”); and
WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic; and
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020 the President of the United States announced a national emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which included two emergency declarations: one under the National Emergencies Act and one under the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and
WHEREAS, on March 14, 2020 Governor Brian Kemp signed a public health state of emergency to address the COVID-19 pandemic through assisting health and emergency management officials across Georgia by deploying all available resources for the mitigation and treatment of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 15, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms declared there to be an emergency in existence within the City of Atlanta pursuant to Section 2-181(a) of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances; and
WHEREAS, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 within the City of Atlanta is increasing; and
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has issued guidance on the emerging and rapidly evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how to protect oneself from this illness; and
WHEREAS, the CDC guidance includes recommendations concerning the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) which are applicable to all first responders, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and emergency management officials, who anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of their work; and
WHEREAS, it is the desire of the City of Atlanta to ensure that City of Atlanta employees who are anticipated to experience exposure to coronavirus or persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of their work continue to have access to recommended PPE in accordance with the CDC guidelines; and
WHEREAS, on July 13, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the State of New York was going to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) (such as masks, gowns, gloves, face shields, and hand sanitizer), COVID-19 test kits, and professional services to the City of Atlanta to help with ongoing COVID-19 response efforts as the city struggles with a resurgence of cases; and
WHEREAS, on or about July 17, 2020, the State of New York sent an initial delivery to Atlanta that consisted of 7,500 VTM test kits, 7,500 gowns, 7,500 gloves, 7,500 N95 masks, 7,500 face shields, 2.5 pallets of Styrofoam coolers, and 1,250 gallons of hand sanitizer; and
WHEREAS, additional donations from State of New York are anticipated through June 30, 2021 (FY21); and
WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Atlanta City Council to authorize the Mayor of the City of Atlanta or her designee to accept donations of PPE COVID-19 test kits, and professional services from the State of New York on behalf of the City of Atlanta as may be offered through the conclusion of Fiscal Year 2021 to assist the City of Atlanta with its ongoing COVID-19 response efforts; and
WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Atlanta City Council ratify the acceptance of any such donations provided by State of New York prior to the effective date of this Ordinance;
THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA GEORGIA, HEREBY ORDAINS AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1: In accordance with Section 1-102(c)(7) of the City of Atlanta Charter, the Mayor or her designee shall be hereby authorized to accept donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) (such as masks, gowns, gloves, face shields, and hand sanitizer), COVID-19 test kits, and professional services from the State of New York on behalf of the City of Atlanta to assist the City of Atlanta in its ongoing COVID-19 response efforts;
SECTION 2: That donations may be accepted in accordance with this Ordinance through June 30, 2021.
SECTION 3: The acceptance of any donations made by the State of New York by the City of Atlanta prior to the effective date of this Ordinance is hereby ratified.
SECTION 4: Any ordinances or parts of resolutions in conflict herewith, are hereby waived to the extent of any such conflict.
SECTION 5: This Ordinance shall be effective immediately upon approval.