DeKalb County’s Fight Against COVID-19
Please Note: I do not agree with the Governors order or any encouragement to open businesses prematurely. Although the Governor has issued an ill-conceived order, it does NOT mean you are required to open a business or to or stop social distancing at this time. The decision is of course yours not ours so PLEASE CONSIDER:
Saving Lives is still the Number One concern.
We know that if we open-up while transmission is likely, reported cases of the Covid 19 virus will start to increase again in 2-3 weeks.
Despite what the news reports say about testing – in DeKalb County it is taking too long to get test results. The DeKalb Health Department is screening calls and directing patients to test sites that are under-used. Their number is 404-294-3700 option 1. We do not yet have a tracking system in place to help us gauge where the hot spots may be or to catch cases early.
If you feel bad please stay home, but remember you may be contagious without symptoms being present. Therefore wear a mask if you go out, and wash your hands frequently.
I hope all DeKalb businesses will apply for all economic aid for which you or your employees may be eligible. Utilize our Decide DeKalb Economic Development Authority for advice and expertise. I call on them to create akelly loan program for those DeKalb businesses who did not receive a federal aid loan.
We want this sheltering in place to end BUT NOT to have to go back to it later because we rushed to be the first state to open.
“Think Safe Act Safe Be Safe”
To view Governor Kemp’s Executive Oder visit here
To view DeKalb County CEO Thurmond’s Executive Order Visit here
Please remember that Georgia is under a Shelter in Place Order and we are dealing with a very fluid situation that changes daily. Visit here to access specific DeKalb County Departments for updates to service delivery.
Visit the CDC for additional information and tips for keeping yourself and family healthy.
The DPH and CDC Partner to Conduct a COVID-19 Antibody Testing Survey
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is partnering with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Fulton and DeKalb County Boards of Health to conduct an antibody testing survey to better understand how many people may have already been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.
Between April 28 to May 4, teams of public health professionals will visit randomly selected homes in different areas of Fulton and DeKalb counties. Select household members will be asked to answer survey questions and provide a blood sample to be tested for antibodies for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. All data will be kept confidential in a password-protected database. Participation is voluntary, but only those residents of households that are approached by CDC teams can participate.
There are 15 total teams, with Spanish, French and Arabic language capacity. Documentation status will not be collected as part of the database. All team members will have CDC badges and vests with the CDC logo.
For additional information visit here.
DeKalb County Board of Health COVID-19 Call Center Accepting Testing Appointments
The testing criteria has been expanded to include headache, sore throat, muscle aches, and loss of sense of smell or taste, in addition to cough, fever, and shortness of breath. If you feel sick or believe that you have been exposed to Coronavirus GET TESTED!!!
DeKalb’s hotline number for scheduling and advice is 404-294-3700 Option 1. Visit here for information on expanded testing.
Effective immediately, all symptomatic individuals will be eligible for COVID-19 testing. Health care workers, first responders, law enforcement and long-term care facility residents and staff will still be prioritized for testing regardless of whether they are or are not symptomatic. Referrals are still required, however, there are now two ways to be referred to a DPH specimen collection site: local health department and healthcare provider.
Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) & Unemployment Insurance for 1099 Workers
According to the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL), 1099 workers, including independent contractors and workers in the gig economy, will receive guidance and be eligible to apply for Pandemic Employment Assistance (PUA) through GDOL on Monday, April, 13th.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Programs
As a result of the CARES Act, there are a few funding options, including the Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL Loan Advance, SBA Express Bridge Loans, and SBA Debt Relief. You can learn more about your options here.
Reminder: Tax Filing Deadline Extended
The Georgia Department of Revenue has extended the 2019 tax filing deadline until July 15 in conjunction with the federal government. Vehicle registrations that expire between March 16, 2020 and May 14, 2020 are being extended through May 15, 2020.
Georgia DPH Hotline & Other Health Resources
- GA DPH Hotline Number: 844-442-2681 (Monday-Friday 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM EST)
- The DeKalb County Board of Health COVID-19 Call Center: 404-294-3700 (and selecting Option 1), open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Emory COVID-19 Checker: https://c19check.com/start.
- Apple App regarding COVID-19 symptoms and guidance
- More resources here
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities can be accessed at https://dbhdd.georgia.gov, and the Georgia Crisis & Access Line is 800-715-4225 and is available 24/7.
Economic Impact Payments-What You Need To Know
The IRS is committed to helping you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.
For information visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments.