Stephens County Local Resources
With the continued spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we feel it’s important to provide you with updates and resrouces to support and keep safe our community. Our important work in Toccoa-Stephens County continues, and the SCDA staff will continue to work, be it in the office or remotely, to serve our members during this challenging time. We will limit non-essential interaction between members and are taking this situation day-by-day.
The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce and Mainstreet Toccoa have provided a list of resources, restaurants serving take-out and curbside srevice, business resrources. Click on the buttons below to visit their websites.
Economic Resources During COVID-19
The CDC has developed interim guidance for businesses and employers: CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers: How to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019.
- Stephens County Hospital
- Stephens County Board of Commissioners
- The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce
- Mainstreet Toccoa
- Family Connections of Stephens County
- NEGA SCORE Small Business Resource Hub
Currently, the Stephens County Hospital has reported three (3) positive cases, however, the Georgia Department of Health has reported five (5) positive cases for Stephens County.
Today, April 8, 2020 statistics for Stephens County Hospital....
Tested: 77 Individuals
Positive Cases: 8
Negative Cases: 52
Pending Results: 17
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Why is the Stephens County Hospital's number of cases different than the Georgia Department of Health?
A: The Stephens County Hospital only provides information on cases treated at the Stephens County Hospital. The Georgia Deparment of Health reports on all residents of Stephens County. For example, if a Stephens County resident tests positive at a hospital outside of Stephens County, the Georgia Department of Health will include the case in the Stephens County statistic, however, the Stephens County Hospital will not.
Q: What is the Govenernor's Shelter in Place Order?
A: Governor Brian Kemp has issued a shelter-in-place order for the state of Georgia.
The order will be effective beginning Friday, April 3 at 6 p.m. and will expire Monday, April 13, at 11:59 p.m.
"Building on the previous order and directives we have issued, this order is a common sense, measured step forward to stop the spread of COVID-19," the governor said in a video posted to Facebook. "This order maintains social distancing directives and requires residents and visitors to our state to shelter in place in their homes or place of residence.
Q: How can I work from home?
A: In complying with CDC guidelines, you may be asked to work from home. Please refer to the articles below information for remote working tools.
- 27 Tools Every New Remote Worker Needs
- 18 Remote Work Tools for Happy and Productive Employees
- These 5 Tech Companies Are Providing Free Remote Working Tools During the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Work from Home 101: Every Remote Worker's Guide to the Essential Tools for Telecommuting
Q: I was furloughed. Where can I find another job?
A: As businesses continue to adapt to the changing landscape, we understand that serveral situations will require employers to furlough employees. If you are in need of a job, please see the resource list below. Please do not hesitate to reach out to grocery (Ingles) and market stores (Walmart) to inquire about openings as they are currently hiring to meet the new demands.
- Georgia Department of Labor - Toccoa Center: 37 Foreacre Street, Toccoa, GA 30577, (706) 282-4514
- Talent Force: 221 N Broad Street, Toccoa, GA 30577, (706) 282-0978, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Etcon Employment Solutions: 12322 Augusta Road, Lavonia, GA 30553, (706) 356-1005
Q: Are tax filing dates extended?
A: FEDERAL: The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020. Visit IRS website.
STATE: The Georgia Department of Revenue is automatically extending the 2019 income tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020. Visit Georgia Department of Revenue website.
LOCAL: The Stephens County Tax Commissioner is not extending the filing deadline. The deadline remains April 15, 2020.
Q: How can I safely prepare my business for my employees in response to COVID-19?
A: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help employers and workers prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace.
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help employers respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace.
- Temporary OSHA Guidance on Respiratory Protection Standard – This guidance provides suggestions and options to help increase the availability of N95 filtering facepiece respirators for healthcare providers.
- COVID-19 Webpage – Provides infection prevention information specifically for employers and workers.
Q: I'm a federal contractor. What is the National Interest Exemption?
A: Following President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today issued a National Interest Exemption memorandum to facilitate response efforts for COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus.
Q: What is the SBA Economic Injurt Disater Loan and Paycheck Protection Program?
A: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, allocates $349 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the current circumstances they are encountering. The CARES Act provides funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, modifies the existing Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and provides immediate loan payment relief for current SBA 7(a) borrowers.
For more information and a comparison chart visit the UGA SBDC's Emergency Injury Disaster Loan website.
For more information on visit and download the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist.
Apply for the Loan Advance here.
Q: What is the CARES Act?
A: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a package of measures introduced in the U.S. Senate in March of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The CARES Act is an attempt at the federal level to address issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The act seeks to provide economic support to the business sector, employees, individuals, and families.
- It also specifically addresses industries that have been impacted the most, including air transportation, health care, and education.
View and download the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's summary.
View and download the CARES Act Business Provisions Summary.
Q: I'm a manufacturer. How can I help?
A: Governor Kemp called for Georgia Manufacturers and Distributors to help with critical health care supply needs. If your business can provide, produce, distribute, store or quickly be re-purposed to create items included in the list of vital projects in the following form, we ask you to complete and submit it as soon as possible: https://www.georgia.org/covid19response
Q: I'm an employer. What is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)?
A: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medial leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
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The SCDA is responsible for the recruitment of new businesses including industrial, manufacturing, distribution, corporate and regional headquarters and customer service centers. It also provides support and assistance with all other types of economic development projects.
The SCDA also works with existing businesses and industries to ensure their continued success. While recruitment of new industry is a significant function, aiding in existing industry expansion and retention is just as significant. About 80 percent of all new jobs in Georgia come as a result of existing industry expansion.
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