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City of Statesboro Updates
Prevention and Safety
Prevention and Safety
If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19, and you develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have been in contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. If you are not symptomatic, it is not necessary to reach out to a health care provider at this time. Please continue to practice the basic prevention tips listed below:
• Staying at home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
• Avoid handshakes and “high-fives”
More information, including links with guidance for businesses, employers and schools, is posted on the CDC’s website at CDC.gov. Localized information regarding COVID-19, can be found at DPH’s website at dph.georgia.gov. The state of Georgia has a new hotline dedicated to answering questions and concerns regarding COVID-19. To learn more, call 1-844-442-2681.
Information for Business Owners
April 1, 2020
CARES Act Expands Unemployment Benefits Coverage
Statesboro, GA— Designed to stimulate the U.S. economy and provide relief to families and small businesses negatively affected by COVID-19, the CARES Act was signed into law by President Trump on Friday, March 27, 2020. The act offers a range of provisions for US citizens from expanded unemployment benefits, direct payments for certain taxpayers, delayed payroll taxes, waived retirement penalties, corporation loans, healthcare appropriations, and more. With much of Statesboro working reduced hours or none at all as COVID-19 continues to spread globally, Statesboro Mayor Jonathan McCollar is encouraged by the recent legislation and what it will mean for Statesboro and Bulloch County.
“I’ve received many calls from concerned citizens regarding unemployment benefits in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Statesboro Mayor Jonathan McCollar. “While the CARES Act will bring relief to the U.S. through a variety of channels, I specifically want to address the topic of unemployment and what options are available to employees and small business owners in the Statesboro community during this time.”
The Mayor explains that the act will extend employment benefits to far more workers than are usually eligible, including self-employed people and part-time workers. Georgia’s current unemployment benefits program is designed to offer temporary income for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own— which typically means coverage when workers are laid off or their position is cut. However, with additional funding from the CARES Act, those who are unemployed, partly unemployed or cannot work for coronavirus-related reasons will be more likely to receive benefits.
“Unemployment benefits often replace 40 to 45 percent of a worker’s weekly compensation,” said Mayor McCollar. “The CARES Act will go a long way in helping to fill that 60 percent gap for workers. I know the act only provides temporary relief to our community, but I hope this will be the first of many steps taken by federal and state governments to see our nation through this trying time.”
Members of the community looking to file individual or employer claims for unemployment benefits are encouraged to visit the Georgia Department of Labor’s website to learn more: https://dol.georgia.gov/gdol-covid-19-information.
Currently, there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bulloch County. Both the city and county continue to monitor the virus and work closely with the Bulloch County Health Department and Bulloch County Emergency Management to provide updates that would affect the community. For most recent updates from the City of Statesboro, visit statesboroga.gov.
More information, including links with guidance for businesses, employers and schools, is posted on the CDC’s website at CDC.gov. Localized information regarding COVID-19, can be found at DPH’s website at dph.georgia.gov. Additionally, the state of Georgia has dedicated a hotline to answering questions and concerns regarding COVID-19. To learn more, call 1-844-442-2681.