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 – December 02 2020 19:18:01

🧪 COVID-19 Science Update: Read the latest #COVID19 research on the spread of the virus in military settings, reasons for improved survival rates, immune responses in people of different ages, and more. 👓 Read the full update: https://t.co/8Gf5UkWjQJ. https://t.co/RON3UIPnFK

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – December 02 2020 17:20:04

Since one or more #COVID19 vaccines may be available in limited supply before the end of the year, @CDCgov is working closely with health departments and partners to get ready for when vaccines are available. Learn more: https://t.co/F6AdPCWESE https://t.co/d7NI1emXBR

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – December 02 2020 17:09:02

Rates of #COVID19 remain high across all regions of the United States, with 68% of jurisdictions experiencing increasing case rates. Help slow the spread: 😷 Wear a mask over your nose AND mouth. 🖐️ Wash your hands. ↔️ Stay 6

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – December 02 2020 15:50:06

When Capt. Troy Ritter deployed to Louisiana to help after Hurricane Laura, he faced some new challenges. In addition to water safety and mosquitos, he had to think about how to slow the spread of #COVID19. Read more: https://t.co/7vIacfXQQq. https://t.co/nKauMHus39

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – December 02 2020 14:20:02

#Clinicians: Are your patients asking questions about #COVID19 vaccines? You are your patients’ most trusted source for information when it comes to vaccines. Learn more about topics they may ask about, including safety and side effects: https://t.co/HE5z7kFdUv. https://t.co/ldDHtdjaHr

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – December 02 2020 13:13:00

DYK? #COVID19 cases are rising faster in rural areas compared to urban areas. Do your part to slow the spread: •Stay home when possible. •#WearAMask over your mouth AND nose. •Stay 6ft from others and avoid crowds. •Wash your hands

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – December 02 2020 11:55:06

The risk of animals spreading #COVID19 to people remains low. If you’re sick, avoid contact with pets and other animals, including livestock and wildlife, to protect them from possible infection. Learn more: https://t.co/gNCS7iwcNK https://t.co/zmyelw72Lw

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – December 02 2020 11:05:04

Patients with severe COVID-19 are at risk for certain co-infections, which can cause severe illness and death. Take the new @Medscape case challenge on a #COVID19 complication you might miss: https://t.co/G41ioh0DhR.

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – December 01 2020 17:47:31

Before COVID-19 vaccines are authorized, a CDC advisory committee recommended healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents should receive #COVID19 vaccination first, while supplies are limited. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines: https://t.co/mUsXpasZ4S. https://t.co/tWdHiKqSbh

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – December 01 2020 13:09:42

New @CDCMMWR finds that cases of 34 drug-resistant bacteria occurred in a New Jersey hospital during a surge of #COVID19. Infection control practices, like hand hygiene, PPE, & environmental cleaning, are crucial to preventing hospital-acquired infections. https://t.co/kmxcKlK12z https://t.co/RfnqUttTCc

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – December 01 2020 12:20:05

While getting #COVID19 may offer some natural protection, the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. Getting a COVID-19 #vaccine will help protect you without having to be sick. Learn more: https://t.co/KL3fJrcjsG.

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – November 30 2020 15:00:24

CDC honors and remembers the lives lost to #COVID19. This pandemic is not over and cases continue to rise across the U.S. Do your part: #WearAMask over your mouth AND nose. Stay 6ft from others. Wash your hands. Stay home

COVID-19 Update from the CDC – November 30 2020 14:08:33

#COVID19 cases are going up dramatically. This increase is not due to more testing. As the number of cases rise, so does the percentage of tests coming back positive, which shows that COVID-19 is spreading. Learn more about cases in