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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Status Update

UGA Extension has provided online educational programming, consultations and essential lab services during the COVID-19 pandemic while observing safe health practices for employees and the public. We offer resources for adults and 4-H youth on health, food, finances, parenting, agriculture and more. For the latest status on programs, contact your local Extension office or visit the events calendar.

COVID-19 Resources

Take the 2020 Census

Due to COVID-19, the schedule for the census self-response has been extended to October 31. Complete it today by mail, telephone or online.

2020 Census Information

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Chatham County Extension is currently closed to public access


Our office is closed to the public at this time. You can call the office 912-652-7981 to leave a message and someone will get back to you.

You can send gardening, lawn questions to Chathamcountymg@gmail.com be sure to include any pictures if you can, phone number, general information on your concerns.

Soil samples are still being processed by the Soil Lab in Athens. It may take longer for results to be returned, since they are working with limited staff. Soil Samples may be dropped off by appointment only. Please call 912-652-7981

Stay safe and wash your PAWS!


Eating Healthier for Less!

The COVID-19 crisis is impacting food budgets as well as consumers' ability to safely visit the grocery store. Consumers need timely information on using their grocery budget wisely and safe ways to shop during the pandemic and beyond. This publication covers how to spend smarter at the grocery store, including tips for using grocery shopping pick-up and delivery services.

The PDF is now publicly available at https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=TP113

 

We have many resources to help before, during and after emergency situations. Whether the need is flood clean-up or financial considerations, Extension offers valuable research-based information to support communities preparing and recovering from disasters.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources and Information

University of Georgia (includes all official announcements) See also: UGA Coronavirus news stories
Home cleaning and disinfecting guidelines (UGA Extension)
COVID-19 Food Safety and Sanitation FAQs: English version | Spanish version (UGA Extension)

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The President's Guidelines on Coronavirus for America (PDF)
US Department of Agriculture
US Food and Drug Administration
Georgia Department of Public Health
Cooperative Extension Responses and Resources

Handwashing and hygiene downloads (PDF)

Keeping workplaces, homes, schools, or commercial establishments safe (CDC)
Wash Your Paws, Georgia! poster (UGA Extension)
Handwashing for Restaurants 101 (English and Spanish, ServSafe)
Handwashing poster (English and Spanish, Georgia DPH)
 


UGA Extension in Chatham County provides a variety of educational programs to the citizens of Chatham County. Extension programs and client services in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H, and Horticulture continue to meet the requests of Chatham County residents. Through a partnership between Chatham County and UGA Extension current unbiased research-based information is provided to our community. We invite you to contact or visit the UGA Extension office at 17 Minus Ave, Garden City, GA 31408.

Chatham County office hours:

Monday thur Friday 8am -5pm


Gov. Kemp, University of Georgia's SBDC Provide Overview of CARES Act Funding

April 02, 2020

Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp and the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provided an overview of the funding allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This critical funding will help small businesses keep workers employed during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the University of Georgia’s 17 Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the state has launched an information website to provide guidance on accessing a variety of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs.

Beginning April 6, these state partners will host a series of web-based information sessions tailored to each region of the state. In addition, SBDC will be available to assist businesses, where necessary.

The CARES Act provides funds for SBA to aid small businesses through its network of private small business lenders. Georgia has more than 70 qualified SBA lenders, and detailed information about the following vital lending programs can also be found HERE.

"Small businesses are the engine of Georgia's economy and provide economic opportunity for millions of Georgia families," said Governor Kemp. "As we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19, this critical resource will provide a lifeline to small businesses across our state. I am encouraging all Georgians to support their local businesses in this difficult time. We will get through this together."

“The Georgia Department of Economic Development is continuing to work with our partners statewide to confront COVID-19 and move forward together,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We thank Governor Kemp, DCA, and SBDC for working together with us to better and more efficiently serve our state’s small businesses at this time of great need.”

“DCA is proud to work with our state partners to support the small businesses that are such a vital part of the communities we serve," said DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn.

“The University of Georgia has a strong track record of helping to develop new small businesses across the state. Assisting these firms to navigate COVID-19 aligns perfectly with our land-grant mission,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead.

7(a) Loan Payment Relief
SBA will pay the principal, interest, and any associated fees owed on 7(a) loans as follows:

▪ Existing borrower not on deferment: six months beginning with the next payment due on the loan;
▪ Existing borrower on deferment: six months of payments beginning with the next payment due on the loan after the deferment period; and
▪ New borrower: six months of payments beginning with the first payment due on the loan, but only for new loans made within the first six months starting from the date of enactment.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

▪ Eligibility: Businesses with 500 employees or fewer. This includes sole proprietorships, independent contractors, cooperatives, ESPOs, and tribal small businesses with <= 500 employees.
▪ Up to $2 million can be provided to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met if the disaster did not occur.
▪ Loans can be made based solely on credit scores.
▪ The interest rate on EIDLs will be 3.75 percent interest rate for small businesses.
▪ The first twelve payments will be deferred and not become due until one year after the original disbursement. Interest does not accrue during this time.
▪ The term of these loans will be up to thirty years.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

▪ Eligibility: Businesses with 500 employees or fewer. This includes sole proprietorships, independent contractors, cooperatives, ESPOs, and tribal small businesses with <= 500 employees.
▪ Up to $2 million can be provided to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met if the disaster did not occur.
▪ Loans can be made based solely on credit scores.
▪ The interest rate on EIDLs will be 3.75 percent interest rate for small businesses.
▪ The first twelve payments will be deferred and not become due until one year after the original disbursement. Interest does not accrue during this time.
▪ The term of these loans will be up to thirty years.

Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance

▪ Eligibility: Advances are available to small businesses, sole proprietors, independent contractors, tribal businesses, as well as cooperatives and employee-owned businesses in operation on January 31, 2020.
▪ For those that apply for the EIDL, an advance of up to $10,000 will be provided to small businesses within several days of applying for the loan.
▪ The advance does not need to be repaid, even if the grantee is subsequently denied an EDL.
▪ Funds can be used to provide paid sick leave to employees, maintain payroll, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent, and mortgage payments.

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
A new $349 billion lending program under the existing SBA 7(a) program. The SBA guarantee of PPP loans will be 100 percent through the end of 2020. PPP loan payments will be deferred for a minimum of six and up to twelve months. Loans will be administered through local and regional banks; any federally regulated bank may become an SBA lender for this purpose. The Department of the Treasury will issue regulations for these loans quickly.

▪ Eligibility: Small businesses as defined by SBA size standards, generally up to 500 employees, but up to 1,500 depending on the sector; sole proprietors, the self-employed, and independent contractors.
▪ The interest rate will not exceed 4 percent; currently fixed at 0.5 percent.
▪ Regulatory streamlining: SBA's standard "no credit elsewhere" test is waived, no personal guarantee or collateral required, and no additional fees will be applied to these loans.
▪ Size of loans: Up to $10 million. Loan amount is based on recent payroll costs, compensation paid to individuals, including those who are self-employed. Compensation in excess of $100,000 per year to any individual is excluded.
▪ Requirements: The business must certify the loan will be used to retain workers, maintain payroll, make mortgage or lease payments, and pay utilities.
▪ Loans may be forgiven, up to an amount equaling eligible payroll, mortgage interest, rent and utility cost, incurred during the eight-week period starting from the loan origination. Compensation in excess of $100,000 a year to any individual will not qualify for forgiveness. Additionally, loan forgiveness is reduced by layoffs or pay reductions in excess of 25 percent, and loan forgiveness is not treated as taxable income.

Should you need assistance, the UGA Small Business Development Center offices across the state are open and available. Contact information for every office is available HERE.

 

Press Contacts

Candice Broce
Director of Communications & Chief Deputy Executive Counsel
office of Governor Brian P. Kemp
candice.broce@georgia.gov

Cody Hall
Press Secretary
Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp
cody.hall@georgia.gov


Chatham County Extension Earth Day

love, peace, and planet

Family & Consumer Sciences

Simplify cleaning and reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs)in your home by making green cleaning products

https://www.dropbox.com/t/Ur6YahMzbz2TOGHC

AG & Natural Resources

Extension provides homeowners and communities with information on lawn care, landscaping, gardening and water conservation

https://tinyurl.com/ycgzl67d

4-H

Celebrate Earth Day with Chatham County 4-H

https://tinyurl.com/ybhwhw79


fileChatham County Extension Earth Day Flyer

What is UGA Extension?

UGA Extension extends lifelong learning to the people of Georgia through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families.

UGA Extension helps Georgians become healthier, more productive, financially independent and environmentally responsible. Extension agents stay in touch with issues relevant to people in local communities through County Extension offices.

UGA Extension is a county, state and federal funded organization supported by specialists in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

For more information about our services and programs, see our pages:

Agriculture & Natural Resources

4-H Youth Development

Family & Consumer Sciences


Master Gardener Call Center- closed at this time

Do you have a question or concern with your home’s landscape or garden? Chatham County Master Gardeners are here to help!

Submit your questions along with relevant photographs to chathamcountymg@gmail.com. Master Gardeners will provide recommendations and information to help you diagnose, remedy, or solve your landscaping questions. You may also call the Chatham County Extension office at (912) 652-7981 with your questions. Master Gardeners answer and return phone calls on Thursdays from 9:00am – 11:00am.

Tips for submitting photos to diagnose plant problems: Plant Pathology
Tips for submitting photos for insect identification: Entomology
Tips for submitting photos for plant identification: PlantID

 


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