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 – August 13 2020 15:45:16

Does wearing a mask mean you don’t have to practice social distancing? The answer is no. Wearing a mask while in public AND maintaining 6 feet of distance from other people are two actions to help stop the spread of

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – August 13 2020 13:46:02

A new @CDCMMWR on #COVID19 infections among Oregon residents found about 1% of specimens tested had evidence of a past infection – 10 times the rate of infections identified by conventional testing. Wear masks. Social distance & wash your hands.

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – August 13 2020 13:10:04

New @CDCMMWR report shows Americans are struggling with mental health or substance use issues during #COVID19. More mental health services and resources are critical at the state and local levels. Learn more: https://t.co/DSVSOYUyOt. https://t.co/NtP294hKGi

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – August 13 2020 11:45:24

Going out? When you hang out with friends, #WearAMask to help protect them from #COVID19 & ask them to wear a mask to help protect you. This can help keep others healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more: https://t.co/cCJRgXDQAk #MaskingForAFriend

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – August 13 2020 11:00:00

#COVID19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms & do not know that they are infected. Masks can help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Learn more: https://t.co/jkWwZTxyhs. #WorldMaskWeek https://t.co/RZPoJp6od6

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – August 12 2020 19:10:09

If you’ve been in close contact with a person who has #COVID19, a public health worker may call to let you know you’ve been exposed. Answer the call to #SlowTheSpread. Learn what happens during contact tracing: https://t.co/1uCjyQ2B3Q https://t.co/Xpl6OuV5db

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – August 12 2020 17:45:02

As of Aug 11, the total number of #COVID19 cases in the US surpassed 5 million. While the number of new cases has declined in the last week, COVID-19 is widespread in many areas. Take steps like wearing a mask

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – August 12 2020 17:10:07

Contact tracing slows the spread of #COVID19. It helps protect you, your family, & your community. Answer the call from your health department to #SlowtheSpread. Learn more: https://t.co/1uCjyQ2B3Q https://t.co/GQemlqfbJi

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – August 12 2020 13:59:02

People who use drugs or have a substance use disorder may have underlying medical conditions that put them at increased risk for severe illness from #COVID19. Learn more about how drug use may impact COVID-19 illness & see resources for