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Breaking News for DeKalb County


DeKalb approves $15M small business loan program

By Tyler Estep, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb County’s Board of Commissioners approved Tuesday a $15 million loan program for local small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. The program approved by county commissioners has been in the works for about two months. The funding comes from federal relief money the county received earlier this year. Loans given to selected businesses are eligible to be forgiven — and effectively become grants — if certain criteria are met. Some details remain to be worked out.

DeKalb County Hosts COVID 19 ‘Stop the Spread’ Event In Decatur

This weekend DeKalb County is continuing its efforts to “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19 with several community-based initiatives designed to mitigate the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.

In partnership with Atlanta Community Food Bank, 1,350 boxes of food will be distributed.

Kemp bans cities, counties from mandating masks

Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday extended Georgia’s coronavirus restrictions while explicitly banning cities and counties from adopting rules requiring masks or other face coverings, a measure that could bolster the state’s case in a possible legal battle.

DeKalb County, three more cities adopt mask mandates

DeKalb County Kicks Off Fresh on DeK Mobile Farmers Market

DeKalb County Extension announces the sixth season of Fresh on DeK, DeKalb County’s Mobile Farmers Market, which travels throughout the county offering nutrition education and fresh grown fruits and vegetables for sale. Fresh on DeK’s purpose is to improve the health of the community, the viability of local produce and to preserve the environment for future generations by providing access to fresh produce and nutritional education programming throughout DeKalb County. This season, Fresh on DeK will be implementing a COVID-19 response operations model and will be providing virtual nutrition education, in addition to pre-bagged fruits and vegetables for registrants at no cost. To preregister, go to https://bit.ly/2WqxYRC, or call (404) 298-4080. The season will be open from June 1 to Sept. 18.

DeKalb allocates $1M for rent, utility and food assistance

DeKalb County commissions approved the allocation of at least $1 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to local community-based organizations that have programs that provide residents with rent, utility, and food assistance. 

SBA Releases Borrower Application, Instructions for PPP Loan Forgiveness

The Small Business Administration and Treasury Department this evening released the application that borrowers must complete in order to have their Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiven. The form includes detailed information about the costs that are eligible for forgiveness and instructions for calculating those costs.

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond issues Executive Order No. 20-003 “COVID-19: THE PATH FORWARD” 

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond issues Executive Order No. 20-003 implementing “COVID-19: THE PATH FORWARD,” A 30-Day Transition Plan to reinforce pandemic mitigation measures and restore economic prosperity to DeKalb County. All who reside in DeKalb County are urged, advised, encouraged and implored to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations related to how to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. CEO Thurmond urges businesses to go beyond Governor Kemp’s mandate. Read the AJC article.

Gov. Kemp extending ‘shelter-in-place’ order until April 30

(As reported by WTOC Staff| April 8, 2020 at 9:58 AM EDT – Updated April 8 at 4:26 PM)
When the Public Health Emergency was declared on March 14, it activated the state emergency operations plan and made available state resources to help address any threats to public health and safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Kemp announced today that his “shelter-in-place” order will be extended until April 30. Read more here.

Attorney General Chris Carr warns Georgians to beware of COVID19 scams

Attorney General Chris Carr is warning Georgians that scammers are using fraudulent websites, texts and emails to steal consumers’ personal or financial information and/or to install malware on their devices. Read more here.

Gov. Kemp bans law enforcement from requiring letter to travel to and from childcare facilities

Gov. Brian P. Kemp and Amy M. Jacobs, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, issued the following joint statement regarding measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring that our state’s essential workforce has access to licensed childcare. Read more here.

When will you get your stimulus cash, and how?

CNN reports the US government is preparing to send out direct payments to help individuals amid the coronavirus pandemic, but those who need the money the most may be waiting the longest for help to come. ByUpdated 6:23 PM ET, Thu April 2, 2020)

DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond Forms COVID-19 Task Force

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond has formed a COVID-19 Strategic Task Force. Driven by science and medical expertise, the task force will provide professional, technical and strategic counsel related to protecting the health, safety and economic well-being of DeKalb’s 750,000 residents. (Press Release dtd March 30, 2020)

What is the State of Small Business in Georgia?

Listen to the interview of President & CEO Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber in this interview conducted by the Atlanta Small Business Network.

DeKalb CEO Thurmond issues Shelter-in-Place Executive Order No. 20-002, curfew effective March 28

“We are trying to save lives from the serious COVID-19 public health threat,” says CEO Thurmond on March 27, updating the county’s state of emergency with a stay-at-home order for DeKalb County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. This order is effective as of Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 9:00 PM until further notice. (Read the entire order.)

Ways to help: Community partners and charities in need amid coronavirus pandemic

This online article published by Andrianne Haney, 11Alive (updated 3.26.20) helps us to remember that we are better and stronger together when we come together in community to help each other during times of crisis. If you are able or know of others who can assist any of the organizations listed, please pass this information along.

Where To Get Delivery, Takeout In DeKalb County: GA Coronavirus

If you are getting a little bit of cabin fever and just need to get out of the four walls of your home or apartment, here are some DeKalb restaurants offering takeout and delivery.

Message from DCSD Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson

Read the most recent information the School District is able to provide on the re-opening of school, graduation ceremonies, graduation requirements, testing, digital learning, facilities, and meal service plans. (READ MORE)

When will you receive relief? Have student loans? Filing for Unemployment? 

(As reported by WSB-TV 3.26.20. Information from the New York Times, ABC News, CNN, and NOLO.com were used in this report.)

Many DeKalb County residents and businesses want to know when will the relief come and how will it come. As has been reported through news channels, the Senate passed a historic $2 trillion stimulus bill. The bill now awaits approval by the House after which, President Trump would sign it into law. Here find information about the stimulus bill, eligibility for unemployment benefits, and student loans.

Brookhaven City residents to inspire Community Spirit

On Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m., all Brookhaven residents are encouraged to tune into Facebook Live, if they have an American flag…display it, step outside on their porches, balconies or front yards, and join neighbors in singing the Star-Spangled Banner along with noted opera singer Kelsey Fredriksen to inspire community spirit. The City will have the flag raised at various parks and facilities throughout Brookhaven. For more information stay tuned to Brookhaven Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BrookhavenGAGov/

City of Decatur Mayor Issues Stay At Home Order

Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett issued an Emergency Stay At Home Order in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. The Order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 25, 2020, and stays in effect for 14 days until 11:59 p.m. on April 7 unless extended further or rescinded. For more information visit www.decaturga.com/covid19. To view the emergency order, click here.

Rise To The Call of Help

Beginning Thursday, March 26, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. M-F, Emory Healthcare will be operating a drive-through donation center to accept certain unopened (sealed) medical supplies following the recommendations put forth by public health centers. Emory is also accepting monetary donations to fight COVID- 19. Needed supplies. 

“CARES Act” Headed to U.S. House of Representatives

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the “CARES Act” passed the U.S. Senate last night, March 25, and is headed to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration as soon as today March 26. This is a $2 trillion stimulus bill which will provide economic relief to individuals, families, small businesses and other sectors of the United States economy that took a hard hit due to the pandemic. Once this is passed in the House and signed by President Trump, most provisions are available to individuals and businesses almost immediately. (As summarized by Georgia Chamber) 

DeKalb County issues State of Emergency Executive Order

DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond issued the order Monday morning, banning public gatherings of 10 or more people and instituting a 10-person max capacity at certain businesses. Residents are also being asked to adhere to a voluntary curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Outings that are exempt include, trips to and from work, for medical treatment, food, medication or emergency. The executive order closes all dine-in services. Restaurants are still permitted to do take-out orders and sell alcohol-to-go. The order is effective as of March 23. 

Who is considered an ‘essential worker’ during the coronavirus pandemic?

In a recent online article, FOX5 Atlanta published “Who is considered an ‘essential worker’ during the coronavirus pandemic?” at a time when curfews and shelter-in-place orders are being implemented. This article should shed some light on who exactly falls into that category.