As COVID-19 has disrupted so many areas of our daily lives, finding accurate information has become increasingly difficult. In an effort to help we have put this resource together that sources information, in near real time, about COVID-19. Currently we are sourcing information through Twitter from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the GA Department of Public Health. We are also coordinating with City and County officials to provide you the most accurate, local information possible.

City of Ocilla and Irwin County Commission Joint Statement

Georgia Receives SBA Statewide Disaster Declaration

This declaration will provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to impacted small businesses in all 159 counties in Georgia. You can read the full press release here. You can also view the Work Source Georgia release here.

To access the SBA disaster loan site visit: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/

How to Apply for an SBA Disaster Relief Loan: Is your business or non-profit organization feeling the impact of the response to COVID-19? Are you considering applying for an SBA disaster relief loan? Join Forward Forsyth's Existing Industry Project Manager, Alex Warner, to learn if the loan program is right for you. Alex will also walk participants through the steps of applying. You can access this resource and view the video tutorial here.

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 20 2020 16:52:03

CDC strongly recommends everyone wear a mask while traveling on public transportation (including airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares) to reduce the spread of #COVID19. Learn more: https://t.co/bpOhIx8xbS. https://t.co/wyf7Wl1uEs

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 20 2020 15:39:03

Join CDC’s Chief Health Equity Officer on October 21 at 3 PM ET for a webinar on Promising Practices in Health Equity: Obesity-Related Risk During #COVID19 and Barriers to Active Living. Learn more: https://t.co/fBt6wUQxfl. https://t.co/PUJ5qMIVwi

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 20 2020 15:20:06

Celebrating #Halloween? Help protect yourself and slow the spread of #COVID19. Choose outdoor options, such as orchards, forests, and mazes. #WearAMask, stay 6 feet apart, and wash your hands. Learn more: https://t.co/37PPKvcBVr. https://t.co/59HEbS4hHp

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 20 2020 13:37:02

A new @CDCMMWR estimates since January 2020, 299,000 more people have died than the typical number during the same weeks in previous years. At least 2 out of 3 excess deaths were attributed to #COVID19. Learn more: https://t.co/fg4W6u4e3C. https://t.co/i9TDxrBrTV

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 20 2020 13:07:56

Patients hospitalized in @VeteransHealth facilities for #COVID19 were at higher risk for serious complications and death than those hospitalized for flu, a new MMWR report finds. Learn more: https://t.co/66ry7TJon4. https://t.co/rCKMsVS03b

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 20 2020 12:00:51

Join @CDCgov’s Chief Health Equity Officer tomorrow, October 21, at 3 PM ET for a webinar on Promising Practices in Health Equity: Obesity-Related Risk During #COVID19 and Barriers to Active Living. Learn more: https://t.co/4Zr9UdeGJI https://t.co/EbmTDgYZdu

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 20 2020 11:55:09

New: If you have obesity or smoke, you are at higher risk for severe #COVID19 illness. If overweight, you might be at higher risk. Learn ways to protect yourself and slow the spread: https://t.co/EFZZhvxpyJ. https://t.co/Xk946JtdyE

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 20 2020 11:12:04

#WearAMask correctly to help prevent the spread of #COVID19 to others. 😷 When in public or around others not living in your household, follow this mask checklist. If you have a child, remember those under age 2 should not wear

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 20 2020 09:55:08

When you #WearAMask, you help protect those around you from #COVID19. When others wear their mask, they help protect those around them, including you. Learn how to wear your mask correctly: https://t.co/cCJRgXDQAk #PrepYourHealth https://t.co/u4rqmjAUCU

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 19 2020 14:55:05

This #Halloween, take steps to protect yourself and others against #COVID19 and #flu. #WearAMask, wash your hands, stay outdoors, and stay at least 6 feet apart from other trick-or-treaters. More tips: https://t.co/Wds5YC90iP. https://t.co/bHw7eNLWGh

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 19 2020 11:21:02

The latest CDC #COVIDView report shows the percentage of deaths attributed to #COVID19 has declined since early September. However, some other indicators, like the percentage of people testing positive for the disease, have increased or remained stable: https://t.co/zP4VYlo0Pb. https://t.co/eSS4FGPRGD

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 17 2020 14:55:03

#Masks are for people, not pets. Don’t put a mask on your pet or use hand sanitizer or other chemical disinfectants on pets. The risk of pets spreading #COVID19 to people is low. Learn more: https://t.co/gNCS7iwcNK https://t.co/lF8ib9OUkn

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 16 2020 17:49:25

The latest CDC #COVIDView report shows that every region in the United States is reporting an increase in the percentage of medical visits for illnesses with symptoms similar to those associated with #COVID19 illness. Learn more: https://t.co/zP4VYlo0Pb https://t.co/N03x7RTYbL

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 16 2020 17:01:02

As of October 12, national forecasts predict 3,400 to 7,100 new #COVID19 deaths will be reported during the week ending November 7. These forecasts predict 229,000 to 240,000 total COVID-19 deaths in the United States by November 7. More: https://t.co/Ft6cgmaMPX

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 16 2020 16:30:13

This #Halloween, take steps to protect yourself and others against #COVID19 and #flu. #WearAMask, wash your hands, stay outdoors, and stay at least 6 feet apart from other trick-or-treaters. More tips: https://t.co/37PPKvcBVr. https://t.co/RVG7F4QXLb

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 16 2020 15:55:03

Handwashing, along with wearing a mask and staying 6 feet from others, are key to slowing the spread of #COVID19. Despite this, a new study finds that 1 out of 4 people don’t wash hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 16 2020 15:01:05

#HCPs: Point-of-Care (POC) tests can provide results within minutes, allowing for rapid decisions about care. When used correctly, POC tests can be used to diagnose #COVID19. Results from POC tests must be reported to public health. Learn more: https://t.co/0YpijMXgPX. https://t.co/MPudVzgmp9

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – October 16 2020 13:08:06

A new @CDCMMWR on #COVID19 deaths in the United States finds that people who are Black or African American or who are Hispanic or Latino represent more than 4 out of 10 deaths despite representing about 3 out of 10