Thanks to the leadership of states like Georgia and President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, we are well on our way to the COVID-19 pandemic being in our rear view mirror. As we move forward and get Americans back to work and rebuild our economy, here are some important resources:
Thanks to Augusta University (AU) Health for leading the way in testing. They have created a free app that allows anyone in the state to meet with a provider and receive an initial telehealth exam.
After receiving an initial exam, if necessary, the provider can make a referral for a COVID-19 test and the Georgia National Guard will call and schedule an appointment at the closest drive up testing site to the patient’s home. Results will be made available through the app in 36-72 hours.
Find a Vaccination Site
The Georgia Department of Public Health has a list of COVID-19 vaccination sites, click here to locate one near you.
Economic Impact Payment Updates
If you're eligible to receive an Economic Impact Payment, you check the status of your payment via the "Get My Payment" tool on the IRS website, which you can access here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment. The toll-free line, 800-919-9835, is available to assist taxpayers who have received Notice 1444 and have questions or need assistance regarding the EIP.
The next round of Economic Impact Payments are currently being distributed to eligible taxpayers as quickly as possible. The following information is courtesy of the IRS:
- Direct deposits. For those who have provided their direct deposit information to the IRS through either their most recent tax returns or through the Get My Payment tool during the first round, continue to watch your bank accounts for a deposit in coming days. The IRS emphasizes that the information taxpayers see in the Get My Payment tool, including account numbers and potential deposit dates, may continue to display unfamiliar account numbers as the IRS continues to work through and update this issue. No action is necessary for taxpayers as this work continues; they do not need to call the IRS, their tax provider or their financial institution.
- Mail. Some people will receive their second Economic Impact Payment by mail, either as a paper check or in the form of a debit card. For people in this group, the IRS urges people to carefully watch their mail for either of these during January. Additional information is available on IRS.gov.
- Tax returns. While the IRS continues to closely work with industry partners to quickly deliver more Economic Impact Payments, the IRS reminds eligible taxpayers who don't receive a payment – or the full amount– that they can claim the Recovery Rebate Credit when they file their 2020 tax return. Taxpayers in this situation are urged to file electronically with direct deposit to ensure their tax refund – and their stimulus payment – reach them as soon as possible.
Paycheck Protection Program Updates
Thanks to the CARES Act passed by Congress, the new Paycheck Protection Program was created to help small businesses pay for expenses.
Loans taken by small businesses to keep employees on payroll may be forgiven.
501 (c)(3)s are now eligible for this program.
Federal government will forgive 8 weeks of cash flow, rent and utilities at 100% up to 2.5x average monthly payroll for most first-draw borrowers.
For most borrowers, the maximum loan amount of a Second Draw PPP Loan is 2.5x average monthly 2019 or 2020 payroll costs up to $2 million. For borrowers in the Accommodation and Food Services sector, the maximum loan amount for a Second Draw PPP Loan is 3.5x average monthly 2019 or 2020 payroll costs up to $2 million.
As of January 19, 2021, the PPP is officially reopen and accepting applications from all participating lenders for both first and second draw applicants.
Contact your lender directly about this program.
For more info on the Paycheck Protection Program, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program.
Please utilize these resources to find the most up-to-date information in an effort to keep you and your family safe:
- CDC travel health notices can be found here.
- International travel guidance issued by the Department of State is available here.
- State Department and specific country advisories are listed here.
Agency Contact Information: Below, please find agency-by-agency information and contact information.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (here)
U.S. Department of Education (here)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (here)
U.S. Department of Labor (here)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (here)
U.S. Department of State (here)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (here)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (here)
U.S. Small Business Administration (here)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (here)
Additional resources you may find helpful:
Please do not hesitate to contact my office if we can be of assistance during this time. While we are not accepting visitors during this time, feel free to give one of our offices a call.
- For more information on paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Visit https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic
- For seniors on Medicare: Expanded telemedicine will allow you to heed the guidance of public health officials to stay home by scheduling a virtual visit. (AP News)
- For small businesses suffering losses due to the pandemic: Georgia has received an official statewide disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to impacted small businesses. These loans are available due to Congress’ recent passage of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplement Appropriations Act, which I supported, and which was recently signed by the President. (For more info and to apply, small business owners should visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance)
- For those who have been exposed or are showing symptoms: Georgia launched a Coronavirus hotline: (844) 442-2681. Remember - please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
- For agribusinesses using H2-A labor: email feedback or concerns you might have to email@example.com. Also, monitor the embassy websites of countries you are expecting labor from for updates, as well as www.farmers.gov/.
- For companies looking to sell or donate medical supplies, equipment or services as part of the COVID-19 response: Visit https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help for more information.
- For info on Coronavirus products and technologies: Visit https://www.medicalcountermeasures.gov/Request-BARDA-TechWatch-Meeting/
- For supply issues or state level issues regarding operation: Direct these through the National Business Emergency Operations Center at FEMA NBEOC@max.gov. FEMA.gov/nbeoc
- For questions and ideas related to food supply chain: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For nutrition issues: Stakeholders who would like to be engaged in ideas or distribution should email email@example.com
- For info on what industries the federal government considers critical infrastructure: Visit https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce