Coronavirus

COVID

Symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19 may resemble the common cold or seasonal flu, which is a far greater risk this time of year. The best way to prevent infection with any respiratory virus is to use the same preventative strategies used during a normal cold and flu season: get a flu shot, wash hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home when experiencing symptoms of illness until they resolve. It is important to remember that viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial backgrounds and this type of stigma should be avoided. For more about stigma related to COVID-19 and how to prevent it, please see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/related-stigma.html.  

UP TO DATE INFORMATION:

SBA Encourages Loan Applications

All of Georgia is now eligible to apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) direct disaster loans up to $2.0 million at rates of 3.75% for terms of up to 30 years. Economic injury loans under their disaster program typically cover lost revenues as a result of the disaster.

The SBA is aggressively pushing these loans and strongly encouraging all eligible businesses to apply online. SBA anticipates a two-three-week approval period by loan officers. Loans under $25,000 will not require collateral. Please note, these types of businesses are specifically restricted from applying: agricultural enterprises, religious organizations, and gambling, every other small business type should be eligible. Click here to visit the application website.

Public Safety and Communications Planning and Preparedness

To minimize the risk of virus spread, the CDC recommends that all persons follow these health best practices:

  • Minimize exposure to symptomatic patients
  • Avoid travel to countries on the CDC’s at-risk list.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available for at least twenty seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Regularly disinfect common surfaces, and follow enhanced cleaning protocols.
    Refer to general recommendations for routine cleaning and disinfection from the CDC.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If you experience symptoms:
    • Make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
    • Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading the virus at work and in other public areas.
    • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for wearing a face mask.

Household items to have incases of  a Coronavirus quarantine

This checklist will get you and your family prepared for spending a lot of time at home.

Stock up on these items (but don’t hoard)

Bath and hygiene

  • A 30-day supply of medication, including over-the-counter pain relievers, cough, and cold medicine and electrolytes
  • Toilet paper (which you’ll use more of while being at home full-time)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hand soap (no, you don’t really need hand sanitizer)
  • Laundry detergent (ideally the concentrated kind, which lasts longer)
  • Diapers, formula, baby wipes and other infant needs
  • Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and skincare needs

Food and kitchen

There is no definitive list of food items, but there are some food items that work better than others. You might also want to audit your kitchen toolkit, in case you find yourself prepping more meals from scratch while stuck indoors. 

Pantry

  • Dried beans, rice and other grains, like oatmeal
  • Canned fish, soup and stews
  • Essentials like oil, salt, and pepper
  • Smoothie blends and protein powder
  • Coffee and tea
  • Snacks that have a longer shelf life, like dried fruit and nuts

Freezer

  • Meat and poultry (ideally vacuum-sealed), like chicken, beef and pork
  • Avoid fish, which can spoil if not properly frozen
  • Vegetables and fruit

Other

PETS: If I am sick with COVID-19 Should I have contact with pets or other animals?

You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.