Apple Inc. released an app and website that guides Americans through a series of questions about their health and exposure to determine if they should seek care for COVID-19 symptoms. The tool provides CDC recommendations on next steps including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, recommendations on testing, and when to contact a medical provider. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s0327-statement-covid-19-apple-app.html
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In response to the loss of jobs and income during the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Georgia utility companies, (light, gas, water, phone, etc.) have suspended disconnecting service due to nonpayment. To see if this applies to your provider, you may download a listing of companies currently providing this service at the following website under the Coronavirus Information headings, last paragraph in gray box: https://gema.georgia.gov
Georgia Department of Labor: The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is beginning to see an increase in the number of partial claims filed as a result of businesses reducing work hours or temporarily closing their doors as a result of recent developments of COVID-19. As of an emergency ruling this week by the Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler, employers are mandated to electronically file partial claims on behalf of their employees whenever it is necessary to temporarily lay workers off. All Georgia employers will share in the cost of unemployment benefits paid to employees temporarily displaced due to COVID-19 easing the stress on business owners during this health crisis. These emergency rulings will help to simplify the process and get workers paid. All career centers are closed to the public, but employees are still working to process claims. Additional information can be found on the following link: https://dol.georgia.gov/blog/new-information-filing-unemployment-partial-claims-and-reemployment-services or by contacting Tammy Liner, Phone: 404.232.7383, Email: Tammy.Liner AT gdol.ga.gov (Email not a live link due to spam.)
The Georgia General Assembly Reconvenes
The 2020 Legislative Session resumes on Monday, June 15, at 10:00 a.m. The final 11 days will be unlike any other session in the history of Georgia. Due to the continuing risks presented by the coronavirus, most legislators will be in their offices watching from a distance. Those who are inside the chamber at any given time will be limited. Everyone going into the Capitol and into the Legislative Office Building will be screened by thermal cameras and scanners. Anyone with a fever will not be allowed to stay. Those who do enter must wear masks.
In the midst of all this, legislators will do as much as possible to continue committee hearings, but with social distancing limits. Those who wish to present testimony need to make advance plans with committee chairs. At any one time, those inside the Capitol should not exceed 750 people, thus advance planning is absolutely necessary to ensure that those needing to speak in committee are able enter the building at the right time.