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 – January 14 2021 17:29:01

As of January 4, national forecasts predict that 16,200 to 29,600 new #COVID19 deaths will be reported during the week ending February 6. These forecasts predict 440,000 to 477,000 total COVID-19 deaths in the United States by February 6. More:

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 14 2021 17:00:19

#Parents: Try these strategies to get the support you need to help your child learn at home. Stay in touch with your child’s school. Create a schedule. Engage in creative learning opportunities. More #COVID19 learning tips: https://t.co/J7lPAyJQyy. https://t.co/TLMaDwQO5d

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 14 2021 15:51:07

#DYK? Over 1 million #COVID19 vaccine doses have been administered through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program. Each dose represents a #LongTermCare worker or resident who is getting protected. Learn more: https://t.co/Y4zOGzEBxs. https://t.co/HcivO4dvXE

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 14 2021 15:29:02

If you have decided to breastfeed your baby and have #COVID19, wear a mask while breastfeeding and whenever you are within 6 feet of your baby. Find more tips for keeping your new baby healthy here: https://t.co/Sa4NwvFd4I. https://t.co/8rIQ1g6Xpc

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 14 2021 15:13:02

Both #COVID19 vaccines currently authorized in the United States require two doses. These vaccines are not interchangeable. The same product should be used for the two-dose vaccine series. Learn more about the clinical considerations for these vaccines: https://t.co/IwP9tlqrZK. https://t.co/0gUamAUZPC

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 14 2021 15:00:54

After you get a #COVID19 vaccine, enroll in v-safe to tell @CDCgov how you feel through personalized health check-ins. V-safe will also remind you to get a second vaccine dose. Your participation in CDC’s v-safe helps keep COVID-19 vaccines safe.

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 14 2021 14:57:51

New research shows that more than half of all #COVID19 cases are spread by infected people without any symptoms. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay 6 feet from others—even if you’re feeling well. Learn more @JAMANetworkOpen: https://t.co/SdIg4XLJKm. https://t.co/RHxYEDAXZ5

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 14 2021 13:00:58

#COVID19 vaccines are an important tool to help stop the pandemic. As of January 11, 2021, nearly 9 million people had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. See more on COVID-19 vaccination data: https://t.co/7rBEWdPrHc. https://t.co/JT6iX77Z3f

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 14 2021 13:00:00

1.7+ million new #COVID19 cases in the United States this week alone. Do your part to #SlowTheSpread: 🏠Stay home if you can. 😷Wear a mask. ↔ Stay 6 feet apart. 🚫Avoid crowds. 🖐Wash your hands. Do them all to best

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 14 2021 12:25:02

Keep #COVID19 outside your home🏠. When around people you don’t live with, wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart, wash your hands to protect yourself and others. Learn more about 🚫 stopping the spread of COVID-19 at home:

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 14 2021 11:15:06

Looking for entertainment? You are less likely to be exposed to #COVID19 during outdoor activities. Consider going to a drive-in, listening to an outdoor concert from your car, or creating your own outdoor movie party. More: https://t.co/lL3jQV8FJt. https://t.co/WfNnHI4uWq

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 13 2021 19:10:39

Rates of #COVID19 cases are increasing across the United States. The current 7-day average of new cases increased 16% from the previous 7-day period. Help slow the spread: 🚫 Avoid gatherings. 😷 Wear a mask. ↔️ Stay 6 feet away

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 13 2021 19:10:40

Deaths from #COVID19 also continue to increase nationwide. As of January 11, there have been 375,124 total COVID-19 deaths reported to CDC, with 1,957 new deaths reported in the past 24 hours. See more data on COVID-19 deaths: https://t.co/7N3muFMo9i https://t.co/dKle2f8uOK

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 13 2021 17:20:02

#StayInformed of #COVID19 data from your community and around the world using CDC’s COVID Data Tracker. The new global data tabs offer the latest on COVID-19 counts and rates, % change over the last 7 days, and trends: https://t.co/ec6OZivV6Z. https://t.co/aj08ZwROcv

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 13 2021 16:12:03

Planning a trip to an international destination? A negative #COVID19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 is now required before you return to the United States: https://t.co/3uCF5SDZAq. https://t.co/GL0ooYU36y

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 13 2021 14:15:02

What happens in a vaccine clinical trial? Trials determine if a vaccine meets @US_FDA’s safety and effectiveness standards. All #COVID19 vaccine clinical trials are being conducted according to the same rigorous standards before authorization or approval: https://t.co/YXbQZjDAWY. https://t.co/M9yur22qaY

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 13 2021 13:19:03

New @CDCMMWR analysis of #COVID19 cases among children and young adults found the lowest incidence among children 10 and under, even after in-person school started in many places. Read the full report: https://t.co/ECGOY1A5Ei. https://t.co/EgW1spssR7

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 13 2021 12:30:20

New: Monitor the latest data for your county’s hospital admissions and hospital and ICU beds in use in the COVID Data Tracker, CDC’s home for #COVID19 data. Search your county’s data to find the latest hospitalizations, cases, deaths, and more.

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 13 2021 11:54:03

DYK? If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with #COVID19, you can get tested for free nationwide. To find a free testing site, visit your health department website or the HHS Community-Based Testing Sites webpage: https://t.co/sVVD3eFQKN. https://t.co/LMQbZe956p

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 13 2021 11:09:06

If you must have a repairperson or other visitor in your home, combine fresh air & other measures to help keep from getting or spreading #COVID19. Open doors & windows. Run kitchen/bathroom exhaust fans during the visit & 1 hour

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – January 12 2021 17:30:12

#WearAMask to help slow the spread of #COVID19. When removing your mask, handle only the ear loops or ties, and fold the outside corners together. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, and wash your hands after