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March 12, 2021 Newsletter

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March 12, 2021
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District 5 Family, Friends, and Neighbors:
Happy Women’s History Month to all of our amazing sheroes who are mothers, entrepreneurs, creators and so much more. This month, we celebrate you and all that you are and the contributions that you make to this world each and every day.
Our prayers are with Vernon Jordan’s family. From civil rights to board rooms to becoming a close confidant to Presidents, what better way to live one’s life than to challenge the status quo in America. May Vernon Jordan Rest In Peace with a job well done on earth!
Please remember as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19, don’t forget to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and stay home when you are sick. Remember “Friends Don’t Let Friends Go Out Without Wearing A Mask.” For more information on how to slow the spread visit
If you have any upcoming virtual events and would like for me or my staff to attend, please feel free to send us an invitation by clicking here.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in service,
Mereda Davis Johnson
COVID – 19 Numbers in DeKalb
The DeKalb County Board of Health is opening up COVID-19 testing services to a wider range of residents. If you are a DeKalb County resident and you feel you may have been exposed to COVID-19 call: 404.294.3700, OPTION 1
DeKalb County Board of Health Resumes Registration for COVID-19 Vaccine Phase 1A
The DeKalb County Board of Health has resumed registration for Phase 1A+ as of 8:00 p.m. Appointments can be made by visiting the Board of Health’s updated scheduling portal, with appointments beginning Monday. Individuals without access to the internet or those with special needs can call 404-294-3700 during normal business hours to obtain assistance from a call center representative.
A registration and appointment link will be available on the homepage. Individuals without access to the internet or those with special needs can call 404-294-3700 to obtain assistance from a call center representative.
Eligible groups in Phase 1A+ include:
  • Healthcare workers
  • (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.)
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
  • Adults aged 65 and older and their caregivers as applicable
  • Law enforcement, firefighters, first responders
Please note, unless individuals fall into one of the above populations, spouses and family members are not eligible for vaccine administration at this time.
John Lewis Commemorative Task Force
The John Lewis Commemorative Task Force was formed by a Joint Declaration of DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson and Decatur City Mayor Patti Garrett on April 21, 2020. The purpose of the Task Force is to identify the best and most appropriate manner in which to commemorate the late Congressman John Lewis in DeKalb County.
To stay up date on what is happening with the John Lewis Task Force, please visit our Facebook Page by clicking here
A Georgia city is replacing a Confederate monument with a statue of civil rights hero John Lewis
By Maria Morava & Saeed Ahmed
Georgia County To Replace Confederate Monument With John Lewis Statue
By Sara Boboltz, HUFF POST
Statue of John Lewis to replace Confederate obelisk in DeKalb
DeKalb Seeks Artists For John Lewis Memorial In Decatur Square
John Lewis memorial to replace Confederate monument in Georgia
Memorial to Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Will Replace Confederate Monument in Georgia
Isis Davis – Marks
John Lewis Memorial Will Replace a Confederate Monument in Atlanta
Virginia Chamlee
Memorial to Rep. John Lewis Will Replace a Confederate Monument at Georgia’s DeKalb County Courthouse
Ishena Robinson
DeKalb County News & Highlights
DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections Announces Unofficial Results for Georgia House District 90 Runoff Election
DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections (DeKalb VRE) has completed preliminary tabulations for the special election to fill the vacant Georgia House District 90 seat, previously held by long-time lawmaker Pamela Stephenson. The runoff election is between candidates Angela Moore and Stan Watson, who both received the highest number of votes during the Feb. 9 special election.
DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs Hosts Summer Food
DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will host the Summer Food Service Program from June 1-July 30. This ongoing effort ensures school children have nutritious meals during the summer and seeks participating program sites. READ MORE 
DeKalb County Ethics Board to Meet March 18
The DeKalb County Board of Ethics will conduct a board meeting on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 6pm.
DeKalb Parks to Participate in Atlanta Science Festival  
The DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will participate virtually in the Atlanta Science Festival on March 13-27, 2021. DeKalb Park Ranger’s will offer a virtual ranger roundtable and two self-guided programs.
Comcast RISE to Award $5 Million in Grants to Small Businesses
Comcast announced the Comcast RISE Investment Fund, providing $5 million dollars of grants to hundreds of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned, small businesses.
Beginning on March 1 through March 14, eligible businesses in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston and Philadelphia specified areas can apply for a $10,000 grant at A total of 100 grants per city, or 500 grants overall, will be awarded in May 2021.READ MORE 
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A Moment of Inspiration with
Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson