The former Sam's Club, which closed in 2018, is located off Turner Hill Road. Stonecrest officials approved about $3 million in bonds earlier this year to purchase the 131,000-square-foot building.
“Hopefully, this will give Georgia a facility in this area that will help make sure that this virus is quickly contained and cured,” Lary said in a news release.
In a video press conference Monday night, Gov. Brian Kemp announced a ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people and closed bars and nightclubs across the state. He also highlighted efforts to create overflow hospital beds and find additional quarantine facilities.
Many cities across metro Atlanta have already implemented more stringent restrictions than those imposed by the governor, including most in DeKalb County.
The city of Stone Mountain joined Stonecrest in adopting new measures on Monday. Stone Mountain's restrictions mirror those implemented by unincorporated DeKalb County.
The cities of Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody and Tucker had previously put coronavirus measures in place, though restrictions vary from place to place.
Lithonia and tiny Pine Lake appeared to be the only DeKalb County municipalities that had not mandated large-scale restrictions of some sort.