HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Still in the early stages of dealing with this public health crisis, information is ever-changing. To remain informed as to the status of healthcare and resources in Coweta County, consider reviewing the following resources:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION, FORMS, DOCUMENTS, AND RESOURCES FOR COWETA'S SMALL BUSINESSES
Small Business Relief
Accounting and Bookkeeping
gusto Information Storage/Sharing | Project Management | Security/Encryption
Google Suite/Hangouts: Video Conferencing | Audio/Phone | Instant Messaging | Information Storage/Sharing | Project
Management | Security/Encryption
*In response to COVID-19 through July 1: free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally including larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive
$6 - $25 PER USER
Office 365/Teams Video Conferencing | Instant Messaging | Information Storage/Sharing | Project Management | Security
Encryption *In response to COVID-19: Beginning March 10, Microsoft is rolling out updates to the free version of Teams that will lift restrictions on user limits.
$0 - $12.50 PER USER
Blue Jeans Video Conferencing | Web Conferencing/Webinar | Audio/Phone | Virtual Meetings | Virtual Events
$9.99 per host/month
GotoMeeting: Video Conferencing | Web Conferencing/Webinar | Audio/Phone | Instant Messaging
*In response to COVID-19: some organizations may be eligible for access to free emergency remote work toolkit. Register here.
$12 - $16 per user
LOOM: Video Conferencing | Web Conferencing/Webinar |Instant Messaging.
*In response to COVID-19 through July 1: free for educators, recording limit removed on the free plan, free trial extended to 30 days, Loom Pro price adjusted to $5/month
$0-$5 per user
Ring Central: Video Conferencing | Web Conferencing/Webinar | Audio/Phone | Instant Messaging
*In response to COVID-19: Three months free RingCentral Office for K12 educators, health providers and non-profits
$24.99 - $44.99
SLACK: Video Conferencing | Instant Messaging | Information Storage/Sharing | Security/Encryption
ZOOM: Video Conferencing | Web Conferencing/Webinar | Security/Encryption. In response to COVID-19: free for educators
Document Sharing and Storage
DropBox Business: Information Storage/Sharing | Security/Encryption
*In response to COVID-19: Free Dropbox Business subscriptions for a three-month period to nonprofits and NGOs that are focused on fighting COVID-19
$12.50 - $20 PER USER
Genius Scan: Information Storage/Sharing | Phone app for scanning/sending documents
Tiny Scanner: Information Storage/Sharing APP | Phone app for scanning/sending documents
TRELLO: Information Storage/Sharing | Project Management | Security/Encryption
$0-$20.83 PER USER
TAKE-OUT & CURBSIDE
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Mandates and Legislation
Federal, State, and Local
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Limited Public Access | Coweta County
Public access to the Administration Office Complex (22 East Broad Street/37 Perry Street/21 East Washington Street) will be limited beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 8AM until further notice in an abundance of caution due to COVID-19. All county business will be conducted online or via telephone.
City of Newnan Planned Response | Enacted
The deadline for Occupational Tax payments has been moved from April 15 to August 17, 2020.
Billing will be suspended for the Downtown Commercial Sanitation Program for the April 1, May 1, June 1 and July 1 cycles.
There will be designated parking spots in the Downtown Commercial District that will serve as temporary curbside pickup locations for restaurants and businesses.
Coweta County Commissioners and Municipalities Pass Local States of Emergency | Passed March 25
On Thursday afternoon, City of Newnan City Council passed an emergency declaration of a Public Healthy State of Emergency, laying out emergency ordinances such as limiting social gatherings to no more than 10 people outside of a household unit, the closing of non essential businesses as defined by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, limiting eating establishments to take-out, drive thru, and delivery only, and requesting a voluntary shelter at home. Measures go into effect Thursday , March 26 at 8am through Wednesday, April 8 at midnight. Similar Local State of Emergency Declarations were passed in the City of Newnan and Senoia. Emergency council meetings have been established in Sharpsburg and Turin on Friday, March 27 to adopt the same policies.
Suspension of Georgia Milestones Testing | Mandated March 16
On Monday, March 16, School Superintendent Richard Woods announced that state testing, including the Georgia Milestones, would be suspended until further notice. The State Board of Education will be meeting on March 27 via teleconference to approve a proposed package of waivers to include the suspension of the 20% course grade requirement for the Georgia Milestones EOC.
Gubernatorial Declaration of Economic Injury for Small Business Administration Disaster Loans | Approved March 18
As of Wednesday, March 18th, U.S. Small Business Administration Director Kem Fleming issued a declaration to provide SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to the State of Georgia. U.S. Small Business Association disaster loan assistance per Supplemental Appropriations Act. Through this program, $20 billion in total federal funding is available. Business owners can apply for maximum $2 million loans with up to 30-year amortization and an annual interest rate of 3.75% (2.75% for non-profits). An application typically has a 21-day processing and evaluation period, but that could be longer based on demand.
120 Day Extension on Drives License Expiring Between March 14 and June 20 | Approved March 23
Governor Kemp and the Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Spencer R. Moore announced a 120 extension for most Georgians with a drivers license set to expire between March 14, 2020 through June 30, 2020. Notices will still be mailed and new cards will be printed and mailed directly to customers.
Extension Given to Vehicle Registrations Expiring between March 16 and May 14| Approved March 26
Vehicle registrations that are set to expire between March 16, 2020 and May 14, 2020 are being extended through May 15, 2020 according to the Georgia Department of Revenue
Mandatory School Closure through the remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year | Mandated April 1
On Wednesday afternoon Gov. Brian Kemp ordered all schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
Gubernatorial Shelter In Place Order | Mandated April 1 - Effective April 3 at 6:00pm
On Wednesday afternoon Gov. Brian Kemp issued a shelter in place order for the state of Georgia, effective beginning Friday, April 3rd at 6:00pm and set to expire Monday, April 13th at 11:59pm.
Renewal of Public Health State of Emergency and Extension of Shelter in Place Order | Mandated April 8
On Wednesday afternoon Gov. Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order expanding the Public State of Emergency effective through May 13, 2020 at 11:59pm. This Executive Order also expanded the mandated shelter in place order by 17 days, now set to expire on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 11:59pm.
Ensuring the Safety of Employees and Residents of Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities | Mandated April 8
Gov. Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order to establish protocols that must be followed by nursing homes and long-term healthcare facilities. Some of these protocols include prohibiting all visitors and non-essential personnel outside of certain compassionate care situations, cancellation of group activities, and screening employees for fevers and symptoms prior to their shifts.
Suspension of Short-Term Rentals | Mandated April 8
To complement the extension of the shelter in place order, Gov. Kemp issued and Executive Order to suspend all short-term rentals (vacation rentals) beginning at 12:00am on Thursday, April 9, 2020 through 11:59pm on Thursday, April 30, 2020.
Postponement of General Primary/Presidential Preference Primary to June 9 | Mandated April 9
Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger announced the postponement of the General Primary and Presidential Preference Primary until Tuesday, June 9, 2020, due to the extension of Georgia's public health state of emergency.Voter Registration Deadline has been extended to May 11. Absentee ballot requests for the May 19 election date are still valid, and an absentee ballot can still be requested for the June 9 election. In-person early voting begins on May 18.
Georgia Begins Reopening of Economy | Mandated April 20
On April 20, the offices of Gov. Kemp, Lt. Gov. Duncan, and Speaker Ralston, announced Phase 1 for the reopening of the state's economy. Starting April 24, businesses such as gyms, rec centers, tattoo parlors, hair salons, barbers, nail salons, and similar businesses will be able to reopen and maintain "minimum basic operations" by following prescribed guidelines. Medical facilities will be allowed to perform elective surgeries. Starting April 27, restaurants, private clubs, theaters, bowling alleys, and similar businesses will be reopen or allow dine-in options while following prescribed outlines.
Renewal of the Public Health State of Emergency | Mandated April 30
On April 30, Gov. Kemp renewed the Public Health State of Emergency, originally issued on March 14, and previously renewed on April 8. This Executive Order Extends the current Public Health State of Emergency, set to expire on May 13, to Friday, June 12 at 11:59pm. The portions of the April 8 and April 23 Executive Orders titled "Sheltering in Place" are also extended through June 12.
(Phase 1) Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-123) | Passed March 6th
The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-123), which passed with near-unanimous support in both the House and Senate, was signed into law by the President on March 6, 2020. The bill provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Of the $8.3 billion, $6.7 billion (81%) is designated for the domestic response and $1.6 billion (19%) for the international response. $20 million is for the Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans program to support SBA’s administration of loan subsidies that will be made available to entities financially impacted as a result of the coronavirus.
(Phase 2) Families First Coronavirus Response Act: HR 6201 | Signed into law March 18
President Trump signed the latest coronavirus aid package into law Wednesday, March 18 evening. The Senate approved the new round of emergency funding Wednesday, March 18. The economic relief bill is the second such aid package in a matter of weeks. The legislation provides paid sick and family leave for some for U.S. workers impacted by the illness, expands unemployment assistance, includes nutrition assistance and increases resources for testing.
(Phase 3) Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act: HR 748 | Signed into law March 27
President Trump signed the latest coronavirus response package into law on Friday, March 27. The CARES Act is a $2 trillion economic stimulus package which includes items such as an increase in the Paycheck Protection Program, expands eligibility for access to Economic Injury Disaster Loans, an emergency increase to Unemployment Compensation Benefits, and recovery rebates for individuals.
IRS Tax Deferral | Implemented
As the numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the United States, the federal government is taking action to reduce the impact on taxpayers. Specifically, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has officially announced that the due date for making tax payments has been pushed to July 15, 2020.