COVID-19 Resources

Contact COVID-19 Hotline 844-442-2681

If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

**NOTE: THE TAX DEADLINE HAS BEEN MOVED FROM APRIL 15TH TO JULY 15TH.**

Emergency Food Help

We are conducting food distribution events throughout the Metro Atlanta area, please refer to the calendar for upcoming food distribution events. 

Click here to find food,  food pantry or food bank near you. Local school districts are providing meals to students while their schools are closed. Contact your local school district to find out where meals can be found near you.

UTILITIES

Find resources to help you pay your utility bills on the HUD website. Some public utility companies have decided that they will not shut off services during this time. Find an updated list of utilities companies that have announced they will not disconnect services on the Clean Energy website.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
  • The Giving KitchenOffering financial help to food service workers in crisis due to an unexpected illness, injury, death of an immediate family member or housing disaster in Georgia. 
  • Meals on WheelsDelivers meals to seniors.

  • Open HandDelivers healthy meals to people who might otherwise go without food in Atlanta.

  • Aunt BerthaFind food pantries, housing assistance and cash assistance programs in Georgia. 

  • United WayFind community resources. You can also text GACovid19 to 898-211 to receive a list of available resources or text 211od to 898211 to receive a list of referrals based on your zip code.

  • The Latino Community Fund of Georgia. The Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) launched a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund on March 17, 2020 to provide direct assistance to the most vulnerable communities in Georgia (the undocumented, poor and Limited English Proficient) through free food distribution, and partial rental assistance through member organizations, all Latinx-led that committed to remain open and operate as first responders to support families in crisis. Services available: Food Distribution, Rental Assistance, Free & Accessbile COVID-19 Testing, & Grant-Making in Spanish and other Indigenous Languages. 

  • Unidos GeorgiaCoalition of Latinx-led LCF-Georgia agency members organizing  to support undocumented and Latinx population of Georgia. Map of available resources in Spanish/English available. 

Emory COVID-19 resource line: 404-71-COVID (404-712-6843). Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, and answered by nurses. Patients who are symptomatic may call to evaluate their condition, receive advice and make appointments for testing, shelter-at-home instructions and home self-care/symptom management. Emory online tool - www.c19check.com - that allows people to screen themselves for symptoms of the coronavirus and to receive recommendations on what to do next.  

Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Hotline: 844-442-2681. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Operators can provide information related to risks, prevention, symptoms, isolation, community resources and testing.  

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta COVID-19 hotline: 404-785-7955. Open every day 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A resource for parents or caregivers. Experts can answer questions about what COVID 19 is, how is it spread, what are the signs and symptoms and when to see a medical attention. The hotline doesn’t provide medical advice and can’t answer questions about caring for adults such as mom and dad. Children’s also has a new pediatric assessment tool — choa.org/covid19 — designed to answer questions such as what to do if your child has a cough, or what to do if your child has been around someone with COVID-19 but the child has no symptoms. 

COVID-19 Testing Available for Qualified Fulton County Residents  

  • Adult age 60 or older
  • Patient with serious chronic medical conditions like: heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease
  • Caregiver for elderly (age 60 or older)
  • Caregiver for immune-compromised person
  • First responder who is critical to the epidemic response
  • Healthcare worker
  • Person who lives or works in a congregate setting like: a nursing home, assisted living facility, or jail
  • Call Fulton County COVID-19 Hotline at 404-613-8150 for more information.  
The DeKalb County Board of Health COVID-19 call center. 404-294-3700 (and selecting Option 1). Open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Operators can provide information related to risks, prevention, symptoms, isolation, community resources and testing.
Cobb County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is up and operating with a hotline for questions about how the Coronavirus situation affects county government operations.Cobb's EOC hotline for questions about how the pandemic affects the county is 770-590-5790

The Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line: 866-399-8938. This 24/7 confidential line offers assistance for those needing emotional support or resource information as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. The support line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals and others who have been trained in crisis counseling. This is part of a partnership between the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, Beacon Health Options and Behavioral Health Link.

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    vETERANS: FEELING OVERWHELMED BY COVID-19?
    • Focus on your emotional well-being.
    • If you are a veteran in crisis or know a veteran in crisis: Dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to talk to someone.
    • Send a text message to 838255 to connect with a VA responder.
    • Visit www.VeteransCrisisLine.net for additional resources.
    Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma can find additional resources here.
     
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    STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS

    If you are unable to pay your student loans, you may be able to request a forbearance. This means that you will not have to pay your loans for a period of time. In light of Covid-19, the federal government announced that it will:

    • Give an administrative forbearance to people with federal student loans, and

    • It will stop interest on federally held student loans.

    This ONLY applies to loans owned by the U.S. Department of Education, which include:

    • Direct Loans,

    • some Perkins Loans, and 

      • This does not apply if your Perkins loans are owned by your school.

    • some Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL).

      • This does not apply to FFEL loans owned by a commercial lender.

    To find out whether your loans are eligible or to request a forbearance, contact your loan servicer online or by phone. Your servicer is where you make your monthly payment. If you do not know who your servicer is or how to contact them, visit StudentAid.gov/login or call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243; TTY for the deaf or hearing-impaired 1-800-730-8913) for assistance.

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    2:25pm

    As part of the CARES Act, some taxpayers will get a payment from the federal government. This money is called an “economic impact payment.”

    Who is eligible?

    • People who made under $75,000/year ($150,000 for a married couple) will get the full payment. 

      • The full payment is $1200 for an individual and $2,400 for married couples. 

        • Parents will get $500 for each child they claim as a dependent. 

    • People who made under $99,000/year ($198,000 for a married couple) will get a partial payment.

    Who is not eligible?

    • People who made over $99,000/year ($198,000 for married couples) will not get a payment. 

    • If someone else claimed you as a dependent on their taxes (like college students), you cannot get a payment.

    How can I get the money?

    If you filed your 2019 or 2018 income taxes, you probably do not have to do anything to get your payment. The IRS announced on March 30, 2020 that payments would begin in the next 3 weeks. 

    • If you had your federal tax return direct deposited, your payment will also be made by direct deposit to that same bank account.

    • If you the IRS does not have your direct deposit information:

    If you get Social Security, Railroad Retirement, VA, SSDI or SSI benefits, you do not have to do anything to get your payment. Your money will be directly deposited.

    • However, if you have a child under 17, you will need to go to the IRS website and provide information about your dependents in order to get the extra $500 for each child. YOU MUST DO THIS BY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22nd before noon Eastern time.

    If you did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and do not get Social Security, Railroad Retirement, VA, SSDI or SSI benefits, you will have to...

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    What does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act say about paid leave?

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) is a new federal law that requires some employers to give their employees paid sick leave for reasons related to COVID-19. 

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    Is my employer required to give me paid leave under the FFCRA?

    Only certain employers have to give paid leave under the new law. Your employer must provide paid leave if you work for:

    • A private company with fewer than 500 employees. 

      • However, some small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may ask to be exempted from the expanded family and medical leave part of the law (the 10 week leave). 

    • A government agency. 

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    How much leave can I get under the FFCRA?

    If the FFCRA applies to your employer, they must give you:

    • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at your regular salary or minimum wage (whichever is higher), up to $511/day if you cannot work because:

      • You have been officially quarantined by:

        • the Federal, state, or local government or 

        • by a healthcare provider, or

      • You have COVID-19 symptoms and are waiting on a medical diagnosis.

    • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of...

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    If you are worried about being isolated in your home with an abuser or are experiencing abuse or violence of any kind, please reach out. Here are organizations that you can contact.

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    Due to Covid-19, the government has announced changes to who qualifies for some benefits

     SNAP (Food Stamps). If you are an adult without a child in your household and you were told you didn't qualify for food stamps, you should reapply for SNAP now. Because of COVID-19 the government has temporarily suspended the work requirements for adults without children. If you were told that you could not get food stamps because you were over the three month time limit, you may be able to get them now.

     If you are out of work or low-income, even if you were denied food stamps in the past, you should apply now:

    On March 23rd Governor Kemp announced that people who get SNAP will receive the maximum benefits allowed for their family size in March and April. For example if you are a single person and were previously eligible for $15 of benefits,you are now eligible for $194 for at least March and April.

    Recertifications. If you are supposed to renew or recertify your SNAP benefits in March, April or May, this deadline has been extended by 6 months. You do not have to submit your renewal in March, April, or May even if you got a notification telling you that you needed to. You will get a new notice when your renewal is due again.

    Medicaid. You can apply for Medicaid benefits: 

    • Online or
    • By phone at (877) 423-4746

     Recertifications. If you are supposed to renew or recertify your Medical Assistance (Medicaid or PeachCare) benefits in March or April, this deadline has been extended by 4 months. You do not have to submit your renewal in March or April even if you got a notification telling you that you needed to. You will get a new notice when your renewal is due again.

     Medicaid members can also visit their Care Management Organizations’ (CMOs) websites to find helpful information on COVID-19:

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    Evictions. Some courts have stopped hearing eviction cases during the crisis. If you have been served with an eviction notice, contact the local court to see what their policy is at this time.

     The new CARES Act passed by the federal government stops some landlords from filing evictions for the next 120 days (through July 25, 2020). This does not apply to eviction cases that were filed before March 27th. 

     Landlords covered under this law:

    • Cannot file for eviction if you do not pay your rent during this time and 

    • Cannot charge you any fees for not paying your rent.

    But, you can still be evicted if you break your lease in another way.

     Your landlord cannot file for eviction if:

    • You live in subsidized housing. This applies to federal housing programs, including:

      •  Public housing

      •  Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program 

      •  Section 8 project-based housing 

      •  Section 202 housing for the elderly

      •  Section 811 housing for people with disabilities 

      •  Section 236 multifamily rental housing 

      •  Section 221(d)(3) Below Market Interest Rate (BMIR) housing 

      •  HOME 

      •  Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) 

      • McKinney-Vento Act homelessness programs (42 U.S.C. § 11360, et seq.)

      •  Section 515 Rural Rental Housing

      •  Sections 514 and 516 Farm Labor Housing

      •  Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants 

      •  Section 538 multifamily rental housing

      •  Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) 

    • You also cannot be evicted for not paying your rent if your landlord has a federally backed mortgage. It may be hard to know if your landlord has this type of loan. 

      • If your landlord does file an eviction case during this time, say in your answer that you believe your landlord has a federally backed mortgage, and ask the court to make them prove that they do not have a federally-backed mortgage.

      • If you are served with an eviction, contact a lawyer right away, especially if you...

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    On March 14, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a statewide judicial emergency. This means that all Georgia Courts will be stopping all but “essential functions” through at least Friday, June 12, 2020. These functions include:

    • where an immediate liberty or safety concern is present requiring the attention of the court as soon as the court is available; 

    • criminal court search warrants, arrest warrants, initial appearances, and bond reviews;

    • domestic abuse temporary protective orders and restraining orders; 

    • juvenile court delinquency detention hearings and emergency removal matters; and 

    • mental health commitment hearings.


    If you have an ongoing court case in a Georgia State court, contact the court where your case was filed to find out the status of your case. Hearings, filing deadlines, and more will most likely be postponed. Read all state court emergency orders on the Georgia Courts website.

    Many government agencies are also closing their offices, which may affect the status of administrative hearings and how you apply for benefits.

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    Should I file an unemployment claim?

    If your work or opportunity to work is affected by the Covid-19 crisis, you should apply for unemployment insurance benefits.

     

    At this time in Georgia, you can only apply for unemployment insurance online or by phone. 

     

    Read How to File an Unemployment Claim from the Georgia Department of Labor to learn how to file a claim online (this links to a PDF which may not be fully accessible) or call your local career center to file by phone. Visit the GDOL website for answers to frequently asked questions and to learn what to do after you file an unemployment claim.

     

    What has changed about unemployment with the coronavirus crisis?

    • Important Updates to Unemployment Insurance Claims. As of April 6, 2020:

      • Employers are required to file claims on behalf of their full-time and part-time employees whenever it is necessary to temporarily reduce work hours or there is no work available for a short period.

        • If your employer DOES NOT file a claim for you, you should file for unemployment yourself.

      • The work search requirements are waived for all unemployment claims filed after March 15, 2020 for up to 120 days (sooner if the emergency is declared to be over).

      • You can now collect benefits for up to 39 weeks (this is extended from 14 weeks).

      • The first $300 of wages earned in a week will not count against eligible unemployment benefits paid. For example, if you are laid off and take a part-time job, you can now make up to $300 during the week and...

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    2:00pm

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    Should I file an unemployment claim?

    If your work or opportunity to work is affected by the Covid-19 crisis, you should apply for unemployment insurance benefits.

     

    At this time in Georgia, you can only apply for unemployment insurance online or by phone. 

     

    Read How to File an Unemployment Claim from the Georgia Department of Labor to learn how to file a claim online (this links to a PDF which may not be fully accessible) or call your local career center to file by phone. Visit the GDOL website for answers to frequently asked questions and to learn what to do after you file an unemployment claim.

     

    What has changed about unemployment with the coronavirus crisis?

    • Important Updates to Unemployment Insurance Claims. As of April 6, 2020:

      • Employers are required to file claims on behalf of their full-time and part-time employees whenever it is necessary to temporarily reduce work hours or there is no work available for a short period.

        • If your employer DOES NOT file a claim for you, you should file for unemployment yourself.

      • The work search requirements are waived for all unemployment claims filed after March 15, 2020 for up to 120 days (sooner if the emergency is declared to be over).

      • You can now collect benefits for up to 39 weeks (this is extended from 14 weeks).

      • The first $300 of wages earned in a week will not count against eligible unemployment benefits paid. For example, if you are laid off and take a part-time job, you can now make up to $300 during the week and...

    Read more
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    1:50pm

    Contents

    Should I file an unemployment claim?

    If your work or opportunity to work is affected by the Covid-19 crisis, you should apply for unemployment insurance benefits.

     

    At this time in Georgia, you can only apply for unemployment insurance online or by phone. 

     

    Read How to File an Unemployment Claim from the Georgia Department of Labor to learn how to file a claim online (this links to a PDF which may not be fully accessible) or call your local career center to file by phone. Visit the GDOL website for answers to frequently asked questions and to learn what to do after you file an unemployment claim.

     

    What has changed about unemployment with the coronavirus crisis?

    • Important Updates to Unemployment Insurance Claims. As of April 6, 2020:

      • Employers are required to file claims on behalf of their full-time and part-time employees whenever it is necessary to temporarily reduce work hours or there is no work available for a short period.

        • If your employer DOES NOT file a claim for you, you should file for unemployment yourself.

      • The work search requirements are waived for all unemployment claims filed after March 15, 2020 for up to 120 days (sooner if the emergency is declared to be over).

      • You can now collect benefits for up to 39 weeks (this is extended from 14 weeks).

      • The first $300 of wages earned in a week will not count against eligible unemployment benefits paid. For example, if you are laid off and take a part-time job, you can now make up to $300 during the week and...

    Read more
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    1:47pm

    On March 14, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a statewide judicial emergency. This means that all Georgia Courts will be stopping all but “essential functions” through at least Friday, June 12, 2020. These functions include:

    • where an immediate liberty or safety concern is present requiring the attention of the court as soon as the court is available; 

    • criminal court search warrants, arrest warrants, initial appearances, and bond reviews;

    • domestic abuse temporary protective orders and restraining orders; 

    • juvenile court delinquency detention hearings and emergency removal matters; and 

    • mental health commitment hearings.


    If you have an ongoing court case in a Georgia State court, contact the court where your case was filed to find out the status of your case. Hearings, filing deadlines, and more will most likely be postponed. Read all state court emergency orders on the Georgia Courts website.

    Many government agencies are also closing their offices, which may affect the status of administrative hearings and how you apply for benefits.

    Read more