COVID-19 RESOURCES

The Cobb Chamber has assembled some helpful resources to assist you while navigating the new realities and uncertainty brought on by COVID-19. Check back here often, we'll be adding content to this page as news develops and needs throughout our community are realized.

Georgia Reopening Plan

Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order providing flexibility for health care practices, moving certain businesses to minimum operations and providing for emergency response. Click here to read the order.

Reopening Guidelines for Businesses
The Cobb Chamber and its Reopening Taskforce have developed a helpful guide to help business owners as they prepare to reopen. Inside, you'll find tips on how to prepare your work space, how to protect your employees and customers, and how to mitigate the spread of the virus. Click here to read more.

Industry-Specific Guidelines
The Governor's communications team has put together a helpful webpage with industry-specific guidance so that restaurants, gyms, estheticians, etc. have clarity regarding the rules they must abide while resuming business operations. The state has also issued a new Covid-19 FAQ Page, providing additional clarity on Georgia business operations.

Restaurant Guidelines for Reopening Dine-In
Are you a restaurant that's considering reopening? The National Restaurant Association has a reopening guide for dine-in operations during the pandemic. Read more here.

Get Cobb Back to Work
The Cobb County Government's Geographic Information System has created an online hub for business owners and companies to submit employment opportunities and amended business hours.

Recent News

SBA Extends Safe Harbor for PPP Borrowers with Loans for Less than $2M

In recent weeks, SBA and the Treasury have been requesting that companies receiving funds under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) review their certification that "current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant." Treasury then gave borrowers until May 14, 2020 to repay these loans, if they believe that the certification was not made in "good faith".

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the SBA released its most recent guidance extending an automatic safe harbor to borrowers receiving PPP loans with an original amount of less than $2 million. In the new guidance, Treasury states that "Any borrower that, together with its affiliates, received PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith".

The safe harbor was enacted because borrowers with loans below the $2M threshold were generally less likely to have access to adequate capital in the current economic environment than borrowers that obtained larger loans.

Most importantly, the guidance states that borrowers with loans greater than $2 million that do not satisfy this safe harbor may still have an adequate basis for making the required good-faith certification, based on their individual circumstances. Borrowers with loans over $2 million that do not meet the SBA's certification will be required to repay the loan balance. And the "SBA will not pursue administrative enforcement or referrals to other agencies" if repayment is made after the borrower receives notification from SBA. This guidance provides some much needed clarity and comfort to many taking the PPP loans.

Please contact your relationship Partner for questions or concerns regarding your PPP application or approved loan.

Reviving a Healthy Georgia

Governor Brian Kemp issued a new Executive Order on Tuesday afternoon relaxing restrictions for restaurants and day cares, while extending restrictions for bars, nightclubs, and live music venues. View the executive order here.

Wellstar Community COVID-19 Update

Stay informed about coronavirus and get helpful public health information for your family with Wellstar's May community update.

Next Wave of FederalFunding Approved

Congress has approved $484 billion in new COVID-19 funding relief. This relief package includes money for the small business loan program, hospitals and testing. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has provided a summary of the new CARES Act funding. The legislation is expected to be signed into law by the end of the week.

Other helpful resources:
SBA's Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
SBA's Coronavirus Funding Relief Options

Select Cobb Trails andPassive Parks to Reopen Saturday

Cobb PARKS personnel are out working to prepare some of the county's trails and "passive" parks for reopening this Saturday. See www.cobbcounty.org/COVID19 for a list of facilities that will reopen. Based on Public Health guidelines, those who use these facilities must adhere to social distancing and wear masks.

Georgia National Guardopens drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at KSU

Under the direction of Governor Brian Kemp, the Georgia National Guard has selected Kennesaw State University to host a new, drive-thru site to test Georgians for COVID-19. The testing site, located on the university's Kennesaw campus, will be commanded by the Georgia National Guard, with testing performed by medical personnel from Augusta University. Testing will be by appointment only; no walk-up testing will be allowed in order to protect workers. The testing facility at KSU will operate daily, from 8am to 12pm and will be able to facilitate 240 tests each day. This location will be operated as a controlled environment with personnel following the strictest health and safety protocols. Individuals may request a virtual screening for the virus at www.augustahealth.org or download a virtual screening app for their smart phone through AU Health ExpressCare.

Emergency declaration extended

Cobb Chairman Mike Boyce has extended the county's State of Emergency declaration until April 24. Click here to read more.

Governor Kemp has extended the Shelter in Place order through the end of April

Read about this extention here. View the governor's original executive order to ensure a healthy Georgia here, and the Critical Infrastructure Workforce information here

Governor Kemp has extended the State of Emergency to May 13

Read about what this means here.

Governor Kemp Utilizes the Georgia National Guard

Governor Kemp has extended his executive orders regarding utilizing the Georgia National Guard regarding the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts; nursing homes and long-term care facilities; and the suspension of short-term rentals.

Cobb County Declares State of Emergency

Cobb Chairman Mike Boyce has extended the county's State of Emergency declaration until April 24. Click here to read more.

Cobb Chamber Launches COVID-19 Economic Recovery Taskforce

The Cobb Chamber has started an Economic Recovery Taskforce to develop and implement a strategic approach to proactively drive our community's economic recovery from COVID-19. Learn more here.

Treasure Secretary Announces 90-Day Delay on Tax Payments

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that individuals and corporations can delay their tax payments for 90 days due to the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to read more.

Federal Updates

For more information on the COVID-19 Federal Stimulus plan, click here.

To stay up to date on the changing information, sign up for Congressman Loudermilk's newsletter, here.

Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department announced up to $2.3 trillion in additional loans to support the economy. Click here to read more.

Wellstar COVID-19 Community Update

Wellstar shares their response to the coronavirus outbreak. Click here to read more.

Thank a Health Care Provider

Join us in thanking our health care providers. Click here to read how you can help.

Share your positivity with family, neighbors, and friends! Print out, color, and post one of these downloadable signs in your window. Then share on Facebook and Instagram using the tag #togetherwecan!

Help Wellstar Foundation's COVID-19 relief so we can put resources to work where they are needed most. 100% of the donations received will be directed right back into our hospitals', patient-centered programs and community health initiatives benefiting countless Georgians in need.

Cobb County Elections Calls for Masks

The Cobb County Elections Office needs a total of 1,400 masks before the June 9 election to help protect poll workers from coronavirus. Starting Monday, May 4, the elections office, located at 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, will have a donation bin at its entrance from noon to 1 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please put the donated masks in a plastic bag and place them in the bin. For cloth mask-making instructions, visit this helpful resource.

CDPH to Increase COVID-19 Testing

Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) is expanding its drive-thru testing criteria at both the Jim Miller Park and Hunter Park testing sites. Click here to learn more.

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DETERMINING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

During this time we understand that you may have questions regarding the continued operation of your business in light of the Governor's Executive Order. We encourage you to visit our website Georgia.org/covid19 to help understand whether what business is "critical infrastructure" and what business is "non-critical infrastructure." This guidance will also help guide you to understand which category your business falls into.

Read these guidelines:Should My Business Remain Open?

Please read the above guidelines in their entirety to understand how your business is impacted by this order, as well as to help you make a self-determination as to whether your business is "critical infrastructure." Additional information is available in "Frequently Asked Questions" regarding the executive order HERE.

If after carefully reading the guidelines, you are unclear as to whether your business meets the guidelines in Governor Kemp's executive order as defined by "critical infrastructure," please complete this form. GDEcD is currently working to evaluate business requests onlyand will respond as quickly as possible. Wherever possible, GDEcD will endeavor to issue additional guidance concerning whether categories of businesses are considered "critical infrastructure," rather than responding to individual businesses.

Regarding employees, a letter is not needed from an employer or the government to prove that the employee falls into one of the exceptions for Essential Services, Necessary Travel, Critical Infrastructure, or Minimum Basic Operations.

Small Business Support

Everything your small business needs to know, and resources to help you remain strong.

Check out all the information you need related to the CARES Act, tax credits, loan and grant information, employee support, and more.

HELPING COBB'S NON-PROFITS

Cobb Community Foundation: The Cobb Community Foundation is a great resource for reaching out to help out our non-profit community. This article is a start to learning more.

CCF has also established the Cobb COVID-19 Community Response Fund as a vehicle to support non-profit organizations serving Cobb as they respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Contributions to this fund will be distributed swiftly as needs arise. CCF has intentionally established this fund with flexibility in mind to ensure that these resources may support communities as conditions, circumstances, and needs change throughout this crisis. The fund is available now to receive contributions. Instructions to non-profits for grant requests will be posted shortly.

There are numerous churches and organizations making sure that food is available to those who need it. Cobb Community Connection will house information about each site, including who is served, what is provided, and hours of operation as well as a map view of locations. Food site information is currently being collected and confirmed will be updated continuously throughout this crisis. Any organizations delivering meals or otherwise providing food should contact Cobb Community Foundation at 770-859-2366 or email CCFTeam@cobbfoundation.org.

Tommy Nobis Center: The Tommy Nobis Center is asking for vehicle donations. Anyone wishing to donate a vehicle to help further the mission of empowering individuals with disabilities through employment can complete their donation application at: https://tommynobiscenter.org/ways-to-help/vehicle-donation/

Center for Family Resources: In honor of the 60th year serving our community, the Center for Family Resources will be raising $60,000 in 60 days to provide much-needed emergency assistance to families who can no longer pay rent, mortgage or utility bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please help ensure CFR can continue to be a resource to Cobb County residents and donate to our '60 in 60' campaign here: http://bit.ly/cfrgive

TAKING CARE OF OUR STUDENTS

Governor Kemp has issued an Executive Order to close schools throughout the remainder of the school year. Click here to read the full Executive Order.

With the impact on families in need that have students on free and reduced lunch, Cobb Schools, Marietta City Schools & several non-profits are stepping up in major ways to meet these needs including deliveries to families, access to internet thanks to Comcast and AT&T, and much more.

Cobb County Schools Family Stabilization Program
To support Cobb County students in need with Cobb School's Foundation, click here.

MUST Ministries Food Pantry Sites & Donation Help
In an effort to help the many at-risk students and their families who do not have enough food during the closing of schools, MUST Ministries is coordinating a MUST FOOD Rapid Response program. Click here to learn more.

Marietta City Schools Meal Delivery
Each weekday, MCS bus drivers will load up their bus with meals and stop at 81 sites along 18 routes. Click here to learn more.

Sponsor a Marietta City School Student
Marietta City Schools is prepared to continue instruction for students through our digital learning platform. With your help, we are launching a new program called "Connect-a-Kid." This program will allow us to outfit school buses with mobile wi-fi "hot-spots" that will be placed in safe locations throughout our community. Additionally, you can temporarily support a Marietta family who may need access to a computing device and internet access in their home.

For just $35, you can provide one month of internet access for a Marietta student. If you would like to Connect-a-Kid and support such technology needs, please donate online.

KSU Launches the Moving Forward Fund
Kennesaw State University has established a fund to help students facing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Moving Forward fund provides direct assistance to students to pay for food, housing, tuition, books, transportation and other education-related needs. You can make a donation at the Moving Forward Fund website.

Homeschooling Resources
The Georgia Aquarium has an expansive list of tools for parents to use as a companion to their child's digital learning plans. Parents and students can access grade-appropriate lesson plans, activities, videos and daily livestreams into the aquarium's exhibits. Click here to view this resource.

Webinar Offerings

SUPPORTING COBB'S SENIORS

In an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, Cobb County senior centers are closed effective today until further notice. They could use our assistance in providing non-perishable, shelf stable food for 75 of their at-risk clients for 14 days. If you and/or your organization are able to assist with this need, please contact Jobcy Alexander at 770-528-5379 or Jobcy.alexander@cobbcounty.org for more information and to make arrangements for delivery.

The Center For Family Resources and MUST Ministries staff are working with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to get food into the hands of our in-need residents. Six Flags Over Georgia is donating their extra food to seniors and families in need.

ORGANIZATIONS STEPPING UP

Several organizations are doing what they can to help in this time of need, by not terminating services due to inability to pay or by offering creative ways to deliver services.

AT&T

AT&T

AT&T is planning on being here to help you stay connected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They recognize that staying in touch with your family, friends, school and work has never been more important. Consistent with FCC Chairman Pai's "Keep Americans Connected Pledge," AT&T is proud to support customers by pledging that, for the next 60 days, AT&T will: not terminate service because of inability to pay, waive late payment fees, and keep public wi-fi hotspots open.
Click here to see the ways AT&T is helping.
Atlanta Gas Light

Atlanta Gas Light

Atlanta Gas Light is extending the decision to suspend service disconnections until April 13 to ensure that those who can't pay their bills or whose jobs are affected by COVID-19 do not face the added hardship of interruption of services.
Read more here.
Cobb EMC

Cobb EMC

Cobb EMC will be suspending residential disconnections for 30 days, then will evaluate that timeframe and policy based on the COVID-19 situation.
Read the full story here.
Comcast

Comcast

Comcast has been coordinating with emergency management, health officials and other government leaders to support the collective effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. They announced the implementation of the following new policies for the next 60 days to Keep America Connected, including free internet for low-income families and no disconnect or late fees.
Click to read the full release.
Georgia Power

Georgia Power

Georgia Power will temporarily suspend residential disconnections for the next 30 days and reevaluate the policy and timeframe as the situation develops.
Read the full story here.
Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is proud to support our communities during this time of uncertainty. At a local level, Lockheed provided over 6,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to GEMA, GA Tech, WellStar Kennestone and Grady Memorial hospitals. They partnered with Compass, the onsite meal provider, to deliver 1,250 meals each week to Hosea Feed the Hungry, MUST Ministries and Veteran's Empowerment Organization (VEO). Lockheed has donated approximately $100K to assist with food insecurities and distance learning to Atlanta Food Bank, Cobb Community Foundation, Atlanta Public, Cobb County, Fulton County and Marietta City Schools.
Learn more about Lockheed's overall support.
YMCA

YMCA

Effective Tuesday, March 17, all YMCA facilities and branches are closed. Because of the evolving rules governing the coronavirus pandemic, the impact of school closures, and the growing demand on medical professionals, YMCA isi transitioning many Y facilities to provide childcare services to support doctors, nurses, technicians, and medical staff during this crisis.

DEVELOPING A TELEWORK PLAN

With many organizations working remotely, Georgia Commute Options has resources that can help you maintain business continuity. Georgia Commute Options is offering a free quick start telework guide. Whether you have a solid, formal telework policy in place or are starting from scratch, this can be a great resource. Click here to access.

Georgia Commute Options held three webinars, which can still be watched online.

View this online training resource with best practices for telework, self care, and other helpful topics during COVID-19.

Stay Connected

If you have a resource, job or announcement to add, email agoolsby@cobbchamber.org.