A total of 22 confirmed coronavirus cases had been reported in DeKalb County.
Prior to Thursday's announcement, DeKalb had already closed county buildings to the public. Crucial county services have remained available but operations have moved to email, phone, standard mail and other electronic platforms – a process deemed "socially distant service delivery."
During a "virtual" town hall meeting held Thursday night by county and public health officials, Thurmond said the county is "going to be more aggressive going forward."
Other local governments, meanwhile, have already declared states of emergency and taken more drastic steps to try and stem the spread of coronavirus.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an order Thursday morning directed restaurants and bars to close except for take-out and delivery. It also closed other gathering spots like gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys.
The city of South Fulton has gone even further, putting a curfew in place.
In DeKalb, several local cities have imposed restrictions. Brookhaven, Clarkston and Dunwoody all have restricted in-restaurant dining. An order from Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett did the same Thursday, in an executive order that also outlawed gatherings of more than 50 people — a category that includes weddings, funerals and more.
The Doraville City Council was expected to meet via teleconference Thursday night to adopt an ordinance that would also target massage parlors, nail salons, gyms and events facilities.