COVID-19 Updates and Resources



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As we all keep a close eye on the spread of COVID-19, there are many sensible steps each of us can take to safeguard ourselves, each other, and our businesses. At the link below you will find some simple guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control. We are beginning to implement some of these measures at the Greater Dalton Chamber, and we hope you find them useful as well. We have also provided additional resources for you and your business.

Thank you, and we hope you stay safe and well.

Governor Kemp’s Executive Order State of Emergency

CISA Guidance – Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Version 2
COVID19 Employee Authorization in case of Shelter at Home restrictions_03 20 202.._
Statewide Shelter In Place Handout

Governor Kemp News Release Phase 1 Opening GA Businesses April 21, 2020

Governor Kemp Executive Orders April 23, 2020

Governor Kemp Executive Orders May 28, 2020

Governor Kemp Executive Orders June 29, 2020

Facebook Live from Chamber President Rob Bradham: 
March 19, 2020 message: COVID-19 at the local level
March 20, 2020 message: COVID-19 congressional update
March 23, 2020 message: Action by the City & County and stimulus bill update
March 24, 2020 message: Stimulus package update
March 25, 2020 Message: Unemployment benefits in Stimulus package
March 26, 2020 Message: Local Updates
March 30, 2020 Message: Small business assistance
April 1, 2020 Message: Action by the City & County latest ordinance
April 2, 2020 Message: State of Emergency update
April 15, 2020 Message: Updates on Unemployment and Small Business loan programs
April 21, 2020 Message: City of Dalton loan program and Governor Kemp’s opening the economy
April 24, 2020 Message: Governor Kemp’s Executive Order

706VLOG: How to Thrive in Quarantine in Dalton, GA

Resources for Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings

IRS extends tax filing deadline to July 15

COVID-19 Summary of Bipartisan Agreement released March 25, 2020

Employer Rights in Screening Employees for COVID-19 and Protecting Other Employees and the Public

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act

US DOL Families First Coronavirus Response Act bulletin by Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Coronavirus Resource for Employers can be accessed from the Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP site

US Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs: Employer Guide

Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness

Archway Partnership COVID-19 Resource Guide

Resources from U. S. Senator David Perdue: 
Perdue – COVID-19 Business Resources[2062]
Perdue – COVID-19 General Resources[2063]

CDC Guidance Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

Constangy Brooks, Smith & Prophete: Coronavirus Return to Work FAQ’s

Spanish Resources:
Spanish CDC_10 things you can do to manage your COVID symptoms at home

Isolation Guidance

CDC Print Resources in Spanish
Return to work Guidance

When to Call 911 for Emergencies


U. S. Small Business Administration

Small Business Development Center

Guide to Conquering a Business Crisis

U. S. Department of Labor

U. S. Chamber of Commerce

U. S. Chamber of Commerce/COVID-19
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

Georgia small businesses impacted by COVID-19 are now eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Additional information and applications are available here.


Disaster Loan Assistance

UGA Small Business Development Center Facebook Page with resources and videos

SBA Emergency Loans

US Chamber Small Business Guide and Checklist
Spanish version – US Chamber Small Business Guide and Checklist

What Small Businesses Need to Know – Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act

Small Business “Paycheck Protection Program”

Message from the Rome SBDC Office on the CARES Act Economic Relief Plan

COVID-19 SBA Emergency Loans

NFIB Webinar on small business loans

100 Most Active SBA Lenders

SBDC Small Business Relief Comparison

These grants are available to help small business owners struggling during COVID-19.
Go to and fill in your email address to be notified when the application is available as of Monday, April 20th at 3pm ET. 

TO QUALIFY YOU MUST: Employ between 3 and 20 people, Be located in an economically vulnerable community (our zip codes qualify), Have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Fill out the short application (10 minutes) as of 4.20.20


Hamilton Medical Center

Hamilton Medical Center Common COVID-19 Questions Answered

Latest video update on COVID-19 from Dr. Connor

Whitfield County Health Department North Georgia Health District

Georgia Department of Public Health
Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Local newspaper – Daily Citizen-News


5 Tips for stay productive while working from home

20 Tips for working at home

Work from Home 101

Harvard Business Review: Lead Your Business  Through the Coronavirus Crisis

Call 1-877-255-4254

Filing for Unemployment During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

NEW Information for filing for unemployment, mandatory filing by employers for partial claims, and reemployment services

Georgia DOL Expanded Rules and Resources

Recorded SBA Conference Call March 31, 2020
Georgia Chamber COVID-19 Economic Relief Program

Recorded Webinar March 25, 10 am on COVID-19 Communication – for business owners and HR professionals by Benchbuilders

Recorded COVID-19 Marketing Q&A Webinar by Sparkative March 31, 2020

Recorded call with Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, April 2, on expanded rules and regulations during the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID QA + Resources – Webinar April 2 by Benchbuilders
Webinar #2 Covid Q&A for Small Business Owners & HR Professionals (1)
Webinar #3 April 9: COVID-19 webinar
Webinar #4 April 16: COVID-19 webinar
Webinar #5: April 23: COVID-19 webinar
Webinar #6: April 30: COVID-19 webinar