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COVID-19 Info

Guidelines for Re-Opening Restaurants

The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America - 30 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)- Extended by Trump 3/31/2020

The City of Blue Ridge believes we share a responsibility to help protect our families and community. We are taking precautionary measures to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community. We are encouraging everyone to stay home especially if you have any signs of fever, cough or flu-like symptoms. Business conducted by the City can be done efficiently by phone, email or online. We encourage everyone to use these options during this time.

As of March 31, 2020 City Hall will be closed to the public. However, the drive-thru is now open to meet your needs, whether it be to make a payment, establish new service or inquire about a service. Also, don't forget that any payment can be placed in the night drop located at the back of the building. The city hall phone number is 706-632-2091 and the emergency after hours number is 706-455-0768. Please be patient as we are operating with a limited staff.

Please take advantage of our online payment options!

 

For accurate and reliable information about COVID-19 state-wide log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Social Media Resources:
Download the Apple COVID-19 Screening Tool.
Follow the White House on Twitter and Facebook.
Also follow HHS ( Twitter Facebook) and CDC ( Twitter/ Facebook).
You can also find informational videos from Coronavirus Task Force members on mitigation, social distancing, etc. on the White House’s  YouTube page.

/CDC Statement on COVID-19

On April 13th, Governor Kemp announced the launch of the COVID-19 virtual screening offered by Augusta University Health System. Learn more about the screenings.
 

DPH News Release about COVID-19.
Sharp Increase in COVID-19 Cases & Death News Release

Additional COVID-19 Information

Most Recent:Georgia Situation Report

Additional Resources:


Coronavirus Rumor Control

FEMA has published this active page to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, stay informed with FEMA updated myth vs. facts related to the federal COVID-19 response. Access the page.


Small Business Administration

Georgia SBA application approved! https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Declarations
Here is a good link to circulate for those with questions regarding the SBA Disaster Loan Program: SBA Disaster Loan Program
It outlines who is eligible, for how much they are eligible, and the process and requirements to receive the loan.

Georgia Department of Labor

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is beginning to see an increase in the number of partial claims filed as a result of businesses reducing work hours or temporarily closing their doors as a result of recent developments of COVID-19.  As of an emergency ruling this week by the Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler, employers are mandated to electronically file partial claims on behalf of their employees whenever it is necessary to temporarily lay workers off.  All Georgia employers will share in the cost of unemployment benefits paid to employees temporarily displaced due to COVID-19 easing the stress on business owners during this health crisis. These emergency rulings will help to simplify the process and get workers paid. All career centers are closed to the public, but employees are still working to process claims. Additional information can be found on the following link https://dol.georgia.gov/blog/new-information-filing-unemployment-partial-claims-and-reemployment-services or by contacting Tammy Liner, Phone: 404.232.7383, Email: Tammy.Liner@gdol.ga.gov

Information for City employees from the Department of Labor regarding the  Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Department of Driver Services

DDS has issued a 120-day extension for drivers 60 years old and older in driver license renewals. The following link has details of the extension and other related information. https://dds.georgia.gov/coronavirus-covid-19

Home Energy Bills: Assistance to Low-Income Households

As Georgia residents continue to shelter in place, the federal government has increased funds for programs to help low income families stay comfortable. The Georgia Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), is a federally funded program administered by the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services to help low-income households with their home energy bills. Information about this program is available here. Additionally, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority administers the Weatherization Assistance Program, which covers the costs of energy efficiency measures in dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons. Instructions for how to apply are here.