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122 N Main Street
Sylvester, GA 31791
For more updates, please visit our Facebook page. We also encourage you to look at other resources such as the CDC and the Georgia Department of Health for updates about COVID-19. For more updates, please visit our website.
Please read: •Curfew from 10:00 pm - 6:00 am •No public or private gatherings with 10+ people •Grocery stores/retail stores can only operate at 50% of Fire Marshall occupancy including employees & must maintain physical distance space of 6 ft. •Gyms/physical fitness facilities can remain open if less than 10 people & someone is there to monitor for symptoms & ensure physical distance. •Absolutely no in-room dining! Curbside, pickup, delivery, or drive thru only & there is to be no consumption on premises. Only 3 customers allowed inside at a time to pay & must maintain distance. •All entertainment businesses such as game/pool halls/clubs are to remain closed. •Churches & graveside services are allowed with physical distance & no more than 10 people. •All playgrounds, parks, and recreation centers are closed.
This order is in effect today through 11:59 pm April 13th, and will be adjusted as needed.
Georgia Department of Education Updates
Includes the latest state news, school closure information, online learning resources and more here!
Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Daily Status Report
Track confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state by clicking here.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Assistance Program The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Georgia Department of Labor Emergency Unemployment The Georgia Department of Labor updates rules so that Georgia employers may partial claims online on behalf of their employees for any week during which an employee (full-time/part-time) works less than full-time due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Any employer found to be in violation of this rule will be required to reimburse GDOL for the full amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to the employee. Download the How Employers File Partial Claims Desk-Aid found on the GDOL Alert Page and follow the step-by-step instructions. Filing partial claims results in your employees receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefit payments faster, usually within 48 hours for claims filed electronically. Employees for whom you file a partial claim are NOT required to report to a Georgia Department of Labor career center, register for employment services, or look for other work.
Contact your local UGA SBDC office for assistance with any of the items in this guide.. To access the document, click here.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19. Click here.
COVID-19 LSGA Resources for Business and Industry
Our regional Locate South Georgia group has given us a list to share with you. To access this list, click here.
Gov. Kemp Calls on Georgia Businesses to Aid with Critical Health Care Needs
There have been some great innovative ideas from businesses and industry to help meet the needs of our medical community. If you have a business that has shut down or can restructure to meet the needs of our hospitals, medical professionals and staff please consider the call of the Governor. If you are a Business or Industry in Worth County that fits the scope of work they are looking and feel you can make a difference click here.
Worth County FSA
Animals and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.
For more information on the Coronavirus and your pets, click the button below.
Georgia Power focuses on reliability and readiness as spring storm season arrives during COVID-19 pandemic
Georgia Power remains committed to providing its 2.6 million customers safe and reliable service, while offering important safety tips and storm resources as the spring storm season arrives amid the COVID-19 pandemic. March, April and May are typically the most active months for severe thunderstorms with lightning, hail and tornadoes, though severe weather can happen at any time.
Storm Response Pandemic Preparations
Georgia Power constantly monitors changing weather conditions and has been closely monitoring the potential threat posed by COVID-19 since January. The company remains prepared to respond to service interruptions that might occur because of severe weather while taking proactive actions including special distancing and other precautions to help protect customers and employees from the spread of the virus.
The company regularly provides information and updates on the virus to employees, including prevention recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, and is following the latest developments and updates from public health officials and medical professionals.
The company’s investments in Smart Grid technology and increased automation in recent years mean an increased ability to more quickly isolate outages to smaller numbers of customers and reroute power remotely for improved reliability. In addition, the company’s comprehensive pandemic plans ensure readiness of the critical personnel and facilities necessary to continue providing the safe and reliable energy customers expect and deserve.
In the field, the power restoration process includes these key steps:
Assessing Conditions – Responding crews – or in major storms, damage assessment teams – work to identify trouble spots and the resources needed to fix them, which could involve coming onto customers’ property. Crews will employ appropriate distancing efforts and customers are asked to keep children and pets indoors and maintain safe distances from crew members as well.
Making Repairs – Georgia Power crews focus on repairs that return power to the greatest number of customers in the least amount of time.
Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe weather and offers the following storm tips:
Before a Storm: Stay aware and check the weather forecast before heading outdoors. Check your emergency kit, unplug major appliances and charge cell phones in case you lose power.
During a Storm: Take safe shelter inside a sturdy building away from windows and doors. Avoid contact with conductors of electricity - appliances, metal objects and water.
After a Storm: Never touch any downed or low-hanging wire, including telephone or TV wires that touch a power line. Never pull tree limbs off power lines or enter areas with debris or downed trees as downed power lines may be buried in wreckage.
Remote Customer Resources
Customers can subscribe to Georgia Power’s YouTube Storm Channel for the latest safety videos and can connect with Georgia Power on Facebook and Twitter for helpful information every day, and restoration updates during severe weather. Georgia Power offers the following videos, tools and tips to help customers prepare for severe weather:
Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
Outage Maps - Customers can follow progress on outages in their town or across the state on the company’s outage map available at www.georgiapower.com/storm online or on the Georgia Power mobile app on your smartphone.
Build an Emergency Kit – A well-built kit should contain enough supplies to get you and your family through three days without electricity or running water.
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Welcome New Members!
Total A Farms, LLC
Thank You Renewals!
Pinson United Methodist Church Steve Purnell 109 E Pope Street PO Box 118 Sylvester, GA 31791
Georgia Department of Labor Sandra Clayton 1608 S. Slappey Albany, GA 31701
Phone: 229-430-5010 Fax: 229-430-5027
W&A Engineering Scott Poag 2470 Daniells Bridge Road Suite 161 Athens, GA 30606
Snipes Piggly Wiggly, Tom Tom Foods Kyle Tomlinson 631 E Franklin Street Sylvester, GA 31791
Phone: 229-776-5868 Fax: 229-776-6197
Dental Partners of Southwest Georgia Jay Williams 108 West Pope St. Sylvester, GA 31791
Phone: 229-776-6431 Fax: 229-776-4295
Paul Pro Lawn Service Jared Paul Poulan, GA 31781
Keeping You Informed...
The upcoming election on March 24, 2020, has been postponed until May 19, 2020. Early voting will resume on April 27, 2020.
South Georgia Banking Company (SGBC) is accepting applications for the 2020 Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship. This Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Community Bankers Association (CBA), awards $1,000 annually to four (4) deserving high school seniors who plan to attend a Georgia College/University/Technical School beginning the Fall semester after they graduate. The (1) applicant who is selected by SGBC as the local winner will be awarded a $500 cash scholarship before moving on to the CBA selection process. The goal of The Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship is to assist deserving high school seniors in their first year of college and to promote community banking. The scholarship is named after long-time CBA Chief Executive Officer, the late Julian Hester and his late daughter, Jan Hester. Jan was a senior at the University of Georgia when she died in an auto accident in April of 1990. In addition to supporting community banking, this scholarship is an opportunity to pass on the positive qualities both Julian and Jan Hester exemplified to further the development of tomorrow’s generations. You can find additional details about the scholarship and the requirements for applicants by clicking the image above. Please help spread the word about this scholarship and encourage qualifying high school seniors in your community and schools to fill out an application and return it to their nearest South Georgia Banking Company branch or mail it to SGBC, P.O. Box 1505, Tifton GA 31793 to be received before Friday April 3, 2020.
The Georgia Business Action Network
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Ruth's Cottage and The Patticake House
Sexual Assault Advocate
Upcoming Community Events!
The Phoebe Career Fair will be rescheduled for a later date!
Join SRTC for their STEAM Youth Camp to learn all about bunnies!
Join SRTC for their STEAM Youth Camp to learn all about chicks!
Join Family Vision Outreach Inc. for a Rib Festival Fundraiser!
Come out to the Police vs. Firefighters Baseball Game for their Guns and Hoses Charity Event!
Experience the Ride of a Lifetime by riding a Huey Helicopter on April 4th for $50!
Join A&M Farms for an Easter Egg Hunt on March 28th!
Our Business After Hours has been postponed to a later date!
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Have an event? Post it Here......
The Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce would like to encourage you to submit all Worth County events to the Community Calendar on our website. We want everyone who lives or visits to know what is happening in our community. This calendar is open to the whole community. Churches, Businesses, Concerts, Civic Organizations, Fundraisers, etc...
We make every effort to ensure the events are posted, however, the best way to ensure your event is highlighted is to go to www.swcountychamber.com, click news & events, click calendar, and then follow instructions for submitting an event.
*This calendar is open to any event being hosted in Worth County or by a chamber member.
Geocaching is a way for you to see the community. The Sylvester-Worth County Chamber has hidden Geocaches all around Worth County. It is up to you to explore and find them.
Paul Pro Pressure Washing Benefit:
Paul Pro Pressure Washing would like to offer chamber members 10% off any service provided by them!
Secure Record Solutions Benefit:
Secure Record Solutions would like to offer chamber members 10% off their first shredding services. Whether it is a one time purge or the first year of a regular shredding program, if you are a chamber member, you get 10% off!
Do you enjoy being a part of the Chamber? Then tell everyone! Share this flier with your friends and help us spread the word on the benefits of being a Chamber member!