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 – February 26 2021 16:19:02

On Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meets to vote on the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen #COVID19 vaccine if @US_FDA grants authorization. Find more information, including webcast, here: https://t.co/xDfwZcQcWy. https://t.co/WNmE97W2Mi

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 26 2021 14:40:01

Safety in schools depends on safer communities. #COVID19 prevention strategies like wearing masks, staying at least 6 ft apart, and increasing testing and vaccinations can help us get there. All this and more in the COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review:

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 26 2021 14:40:02

Data show that testing volume for #COVID19 is down, but vaccinations are going up across the U.S. As of February 25, 2021, over 46 million people had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more: https://t.co/Y4zOGzEBxs.

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 26 2021 13:11:04

While Dr. Scott Santibañez was deployed to the Hoopa Valley Tribe in CA, he had to shift focus from limiting the spread of #COVID19 to preparing for possible wildfire evacuations in the middle of a pandemic. Read more about his

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 26 2021 12:20:04

#DYK? COVID-19 and flu can both cause fever and cough, but shortness of breath is more common with #COVID19 than flu. Use this chart to learn more about the similarities and differences of COVID-19 and flu. Learn more: https://t.co/2TcrURMh3T. https://t.co/Ut6txoDgp1

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 26 2021 10:33:03

Between June-September 2020, counties in states with longer statewide closures and mask mandates were less likely to experience rapid increases in new #COVID19 cases upon reopening, especially in nonmetropolitan counties. See @AnnalsOfEpi: https://t.co/jdeMBqAMs2. https://t.co/VTvaKaMd4p

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 26 2021 09:07:27

A new @CDCMMWR from Israel shows preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of vaccination in preventing severe cases of #COVID19. Vaccination among people who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can potentially reduce severe disease from COVID-19. https://t.co/CaUAXRVaS4 https://t.co/GyaulMONpZ

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 25 2021 18:21:10

As of February 22, national forecasts predict that 4,300–12,600 new #COVID19 deaths will be reported during the week ending March 20, bringing the projected total deaths to 526,000–548,000. More: https://t.co/Ft6cgmaMPX https://t.co/WwGz9RKiCC

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 25 2021 18:21:12

CDC has facilitated the collection and evaluation of #COVID19 forecasts from teams around the world over the last 10 months. Ensemble forecasts have consistently been the most accurate. Read more about the advantages of the CDC ensemble forecasts: https://t.co/EVAcg0ETRP https://t.co/FBllmXMBVO

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 25 2021 17:20:02

#DYK? Vaccination is a safe way to help prevent #COVID19 and is an important tool to help stop the pandemic. Vaccines are tested and evaluated in clinical trials, with safety as a top priority. Learn more: https://t.co/dtZHgQYUgN https://t.co/a2VR30uuz3

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 25 2021 16:36:02

Join the CDC #COVID19 Partner Update call Monday, March 1, at 3:00 pm EST. Title: Progress Around Smokefree Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Retweet and Register: https://t.co/KVYfeR3AdI. #SmokeFree #health #COVID19 https://t.co/YtFqRPYv4h

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 25 2021 15:23:03

It’s important for everyone to use all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how #COVID19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 25 2021 13:15:07

Many people with disabilities have conditions like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or obesity that increase their risk of getting very sick from #COVID19. Talk to your doctor about your health conditions and about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. More: https://t.co/L8uGNMbD67. https://t.co/lciLC6wYRa

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 25 2021 13:09:59

New @CDCMMWR finds some skilled nursing facility residents tested positive for #COVID19 in two separate outbreaks, suggesting the possibility that they were reinfected. Wearing a mask, staying 6 ft from others, & avoiding crowds can help prevent COVID-19: https://t.co/mKCH1MYZkQ. https://t.co/Yl88APp30K

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 25 2021 12:32:00

Expecting a visitor or repairperson? Good ventilation, along w/ other preventive actions, can help keep you from getting & spreading #COVID19. Keep exhaust fans on one hour after visitors leave to help remove virus particles that might be in the

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – February 25 2021 11:40:02

Jessie, 100 years young, rolled her #SleeveUp for a #COVID19 vaccine. Jessie’s mother volunteered during the 1918 flu pandemic, and Jessie wanted to do her part to help end COVID-19. You can, too. Get vaccinated when it’s available to you.