For over two weeks now, we have been updating the BullochCountyVOAD.org website with critical information, but we still need help spreading the word about this site. Please check it out now and share this with all of your friends and family.
Almost hourly someone reaches out about information from what times are the grocery stores open, what to do if you think you have COVID-19, what you can do to help, what resources are available for your business, how to file for unemployment, where to get free food, and the list goes on.
We felt that instead of answering the same questions hundreds of times, we would compile an evolving list that answers all of your frequently asked questions.
We are working hard to provide answers to questions you may not have even thought of. This is a tremendous community resource that we know you will find very valuable.
A question we get OFTEN is what the heck is Bulloch VOAD and how do I volunteer? Click here for the answer to that.
Everything on BullochCountyVoad.org is vetted so you get the most accurate information possible. Most of the information you need is linked back to the source site so you get the most updated information possible.
With everything being so fluid, this page updates often. We encourage everyone to visit it at least once per day.
We did this because we understand how much information is coming at you right now. We also understand how frustrating it is to see something important and when you need it, you can’t remember where you saw it. Hopefully this will help solve that issue.
We are getting information directly from Bulloch County Public Safety’s emergency operations center, Georgia VOAD who is embedded in the state emergency operations center and National VOAD who is embedded in the national emergency operations center, along with other valuable local sources.
Below is a copy of the BullochCountyVOAD.org page so you will have an idea of what is available there.
BULLOCH COUNTY VOAD HOME PAGE MARCH 25, 2020
THINK YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19
SCROLL DOWN FOR COMMUNITY INFORMATION
MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
- Georgia Responds: Health and medical volunteer program which matches the skills and credentials of medical and nonmedical volunteers to help stop spread of COVID-19.
TO UPDATE YOUR BUSINESS’ OPERATIONS, HOURS, AND INFORMATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON AT YOUR BUSINESS HERE.
This form is hosted by the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce and is FREE for all to use. You do not have to be a member of the Chamber to send information updates through this link.
Dr. Ruthie Crider stresses the number one way we can help support our health care providers is to STAY HEALTHY! Listen to important tips to help keep COVID-19 Away. One minute long.
Dr. Ruthie Crider walks you through the steps of what do do if you think you have COVID-19. One minute, 26 seconds long.
Dr. Ruthie Crider, EGRMC ER physician answers questions and explains when we should go to the ER. Please share this informative interview with your friends, family and neighbors. 20 minutes Long
Think you have COVID-19?
Governor’s Executive Order March 23rd in effect 12 noon on March 24th ending at 12 noon on April 6th, 2020
- Isolate, Quarantine or Shelter in place
- Long term-care facilities
- Chronic lung disease
- undergoing cancer treatment
- Positive COVID-19 Test
- Suspected to have COVID-19 because of symptoms or exposure
- Anyone who has been exposed to someone who has COVID-19
- All Bars and Nightclubs MUST CLOSE
- Gatherings of ten or more people banned unless at least six feet separation maintained
- DPH empowered to close any business, establishment, non-profit or organization in noncompliance
STATESBORO EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDERIMMEDIATELY
- NO gatherings of more than 10 persons including churches, funerals, visitations, wedding, etc.
- Bars must close
- Hair salons, barbers, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlors, and indoor recreational facilities, including gyms, physical fitness centers, and dance studios MUST CLOSE
- Restaurants can only operate as carry out, drive through or delivery.
- Restaurants shall be authorized to sell and deliver sealed containers of beer and wine for off premises consumption.
- Grocery stores, retail establishment, pharmacies CAN CONTINUE TO OPERATE BUT MUST COMPLY WITH CDC SOCIAL DISTANCING OF SIX FEET
Click Here for Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Daily Status Report (updated at noon and 7 PM)
East Georgia Regional Medical Center Updates
- NO VISITORS ALLOWED CLICK LINK FOR Latest Updates from EGRMC.
Since the collection site opened in Statesboro there is a lot of confusion regarding how to get tested. The only way you can get a test is with a doctors order at the Statesboro location or through a commercial lab. DPH is asking for you to call the doctors office first or the State Hotline (844) 442-2681 to see if you meet the criteria for testing. Currently testing is being prioritized for those who SYMPTOMATIC and have a higher risk for COVID-19 such as people over the age of 60 and those with chronic health conditions such as heart and lung disease, hypertension and diabetes. Additionally, healthcare workers, first responders, law enforcement and others who come in contact every day with people who may be infected but are well and do not unknowingly spread COVID-19 to others.
DO NOT WALK INTO A DOCTORS OFFICE OR ER IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS CALL YOUR DOCTORS OFFICE FIRST.
UNINSURED PATIENTS WITH NO DOCTOR SHOULD CALL YOUR Federal Qualified Healthcare Center which is EAST GEORGIA HEALTH CENTER at 912-764-9196 – or HEARTS AND HANDS CLINIC at 912-681-9519 – 9 am – 4 pm, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am – noon, Wednesday and Friday.
Statesboro Doctors offices are reporting very limited testing supplies in their office and a long and difficult process to get you tested at the drive up collection center.
Augusta University Doctors Resources for Anyone
- Phone Triage Number 706-721-1852
- Virtual Screening: www.augustahealth.org/COVID19
- University Hospital Triage Number: 706-828-2477 8 AM – 4:30 PM
- Virtual Screening: UHMYChart.org
- Doctors Hospital Triage: 706-651-4343
FREE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year Or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
- Billy Graham Rapid Response Crisis Intervention Hotline: 877-247-2426, 8 AM – 10 PM Monday-Saturday
- Christian Social Ministries, 122 East Parish Street, Statesboro – a faith based ministry that strives to meet the worldly needs of the less fortunate as well as sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Providing Food and Utility Assistance. Make a contribution now by donating here.
- Choices of the Heart, 425 East Grady Street are low on sizes 4 and 6. They are accepting these and all sized diapers, formula and wipes.
- Statesboro YMCA – Sponsor childcare for Healthcare or Public Safety workers $30 one child for one day – $150 one child for a week
Health Care and Public Safety Employee Resources
- Bulloch County Schools will be delivering breakfast and lunch bagged meals to drop points throughout the county weekdays. Click here for details and drop locations.
- Christian Social Ministries (CSM), 31 North Zetterower Avenue food distribution Mondays 1 PM to 4 PM
- CrossRoads Community Church – 23923 US Hwy 80 East – Statesboro, GA (Next to Lowe’s) Soup Kitchen Thursday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Next to Lowe’s) Pickup and Delivery Available
- Statesboro First United Methodist Church 101 South Main offers a public Soup Kitchen Saturdays from 12:00 N-1:00 PM – Pickup Only at rear of Church
- Compassion Christian Church, 831 Cawana Drive – Saturday, March 28th, 9 AM – 11 AM
- Compassion Christian Church, 831 Cawana Drive – Saturdays, 9 AM – 11 AM
- Eastern Heights Church, 23805 Hwy 80 East, 2nd Saturday, 9 AM – 11 AM
- Statesboro Food Bank, 400 Donnie Simmons Way, Monday – Friday, 2 PM – 4 PM
- Friendship Baptist Church, 4025 Friendship Church Road, Wednesday, 1 PM – 3 PM
FREE FORMULA, DIAPERS AND WIPES
- Statesboro Farmers Market2Go offers nearly 500 items from local farmers and businesses from Fruit, veggies, meat, eggs, dairy, household products, casseroles & so much more! Order and pay here and schedule a delivery or pickup.
- Bi-Lo reduced store hours 7 AM to 8 PM – Special shopping hour dedicated to seniors and high-risk
customers from 8 – 9 a.m., Monday through Friday – expeditiously hiring individuals who have been affected by restricted working hours and layoffs
- Wal-Mart Order ONLINE pick up at Store with little contact. Reduced store hours 7 AM to 8:30 PM – Over 60 one hour shopping Every Tuesday from 6 AM to 7 AM including Pharmacies and Vision Centers. LIMITS FOR ALL CUSTOMERS in certain categories including paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.
- Aldi reduced store hours 9 AM to 7 PM – Order online and get free in home delivery with first three orders of $35
- Food World (both locations) reduced hours, 7 am -9 pm daily. First hour is for our elderly, age 60+ and anyone with any underlying conditions.
- CORE Credit Union drive-through only
- Synovus drive-through and appointment-only in bank
- Bulloch First drive-through only and appointment only in bank
FREE DRIVE UP WI-FI HOT SPOTS Made possible by Blue Mile Foundation, Bulloch Solutions and Northland Click Here
Bulloch Schools/Colleges COVID-19 Updates
- Bulloch County Schools
- Bulloch Academy
- Trinity Christian School
- Georgia Southern University
- Ogeechee Technical College
- East Georgia State College
- Georgia Power is suspending residential disconnections through April 10th
- EMC is suspending residential disconnections through March 30th.
- The City of Statesboro is suspending water and gas residential disconnections through March 29th
Business Owners Assistance
- SBA Statewide Disaster Declaration, Applications for Small Business Emergency Loans Now Open
- Employers Click Here to file partial unemployment claimes on behalf of temprarily layed off wordkers
- Individual and Corporate Tax payment deadlines extended to July 15th. This relief also includes estimated tax payments for tax year 2020 that are due on April 15, 2020. Penalties and interest will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of July 16, 2020. If you file your tax return or request an extension of time to file by April 15, 2020, you will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the taxes paid by July 15.
Employee and Individual Resources
- Resources for Restaurant Workers
- Georgia Rent Assistance
- Georgia Utility Assistance
- Georgia Medical Assistance
- GUIDANCE ON THE ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKFORCE
- The Georgia Food Stamp Program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a federally-funded program that provides monthly benefits to low-income households to help pay for the cost of food. Apply Here
- Click Here to File For Georgia Unemployment
EMPLOYMENT: Georgia Employment Resources: www.EmployGeorgia.com
Faith-Based and Nonprofit Leader Resources:
- CDC Guidance for Nonprofit Leaders and Resources
- FLVOAD Guidance for Nonprofits and Volunteers – Adapted for Georgia
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Resources for Churches and Individuals
- Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning: www.qualityrated.org or call 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS.
- YMCA Statesboro: Public Safety and Healthcare critical staff childcare – $30 per day must register child by 12 noon for the following day. (912) 225-1962
Public Offices COVID-19 UPDATES
- CITY OF STATESBORO
- BULLOCH COUNTY
- Statesboro Regional Library
- Bulloch County Recreation
- Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce
- Visit Statesboro
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