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 – April 04 2020 10:45:03

If you’re pregnant, help protect yourself from #COVID19 by keeping your distance from others, washing your hands frequently and avoiding people who are sick. Learn more at: https://t.co/L77C7kEqh5. https://t.co/orpteXTlDL

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – April 04 2020 10:00:45

#CareForOthers, such as high-risk individuals & healthcare pros, by putting at least 6 ft between yourself & other people if #COVID19 is spreading in your community. Tips to help you find the Joy of Joining In on physical distancing: https://t.co/GY1tkRN6LK

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – April 03 2020 21:09:03

#DYK? CDC’s recommendation on wearing a cloth face covering may help protect the most vulnerable from #COVID19. Watch @Surgeon_General Jerome Adams make a face covering in a few easy steps. https://t.co/bihJ3xEM15 https://t.co/mE7Tf6y3MK

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – April 03 2020 20:00:00

CDC report indicates that the highest hospitalization rates for #COVID19 are in people 65 or older and 50-64 years-old. Hospitalization rates now in those age groups are similar to the beginning of an annual flu epidemic. https://t.co/pj68iSGGPc https://t.co/U3vafQOu1m

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – April 03 2020 18:51:01

Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with #COVID19 lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – April 03 2020 18:51:01

In light of new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings to slow spread of #COVID19 in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores & pharmacies) esp. in areas of significant community-based transmission.

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – April 03 2020 18:51:02

Maintaining 6-feet min. social distancing remains important to slowing spread of #COVID19. CDC also advises use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – April 03 2020 18:51:02

The cloth face coverings recommended to slow spread of #COVID19 are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those critical supplies must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – April 03 2020 18:30:20

#CareForEachOther by lending an ear (from a safe distance of at least 6 feet) to friends, family, & neighbors who want to talk about their stress & anxiety. Call, text, or email to ask how they’re doing & offer support.

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – April 03 2020 16:17:02

#COVID19 is the first pandemic caused by a new coronavirus. In the past, pandemics of respiratory disease have progressed in phases. The U.S. is in the acceleration phase of the #COVID19 pandemic. There are ongoing investigations to learn more. See:

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – April 03 2020 14:29:01

Early implementation of community interventions in Santa Clara, CA, such as protecting vulnerable populations, cancelling large gatherings, and ordering residents to shelter in place was likely essential in slowing the spread of #COVID19. More in @CDCMMWR: https://t.co/3UcYFkcaES https://t.co/U6t8un3NiJ

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – April 03 2020 13:40:02

Is someone in your home sick with #COVID19? Before eating or preparing food, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you handle dishes used by the person who is sick, wash

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – April 03 2020 13:09:28

In assisted & independent living communities, enhanced measures including social distancing, visitor restriction, exclusion of ill staff, & enhanced hygiene practices implemented quickly after detecting a #COVID19 case can decrease spread. https://t.co/XLSO9IKUMg https://t.co/GntlDY4j7M

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – April 03 2020 12:55:08

Do you have a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility? Please protect them from #COVID19. Instead of in-person visits, share phone or video calls. This is temporary & will protect those at higher risk of #COVID19.

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – April 03 2020 11:20:04

To slow the spread of #COVID19, stay at home except to get groceries, medications, or other essentials. Avoid outings you don’t have to take. Visit the FAQs for more tips: https://t.co/Y8pXpXV6Lp. #PhysicalDistance #SocialDistancing https://t.co/PYh8prLKgG