Weekly Update: April 2020

COVID-19 Updates

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce is here to support our Members and community during this troubling time, so please reach out to us if there is anything we can do.

For precaution, we have canceled all meetings in the Chamber building and the Chamber will be working remotely until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Below, you will find important information on how to protect your families and yourselves from COVID-19 (aka: coronavirus) and guidance and assistance for operating a business during this time.

Please remember to remain calm, wash your hands, and practice proper safety precautions as is the standard for all contagious illnesses.

Stay safe out there!

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Here's a few ideas on how you can take action to keep our local community thriving during these uncertain times.​

To learn more about the new Federal tax date and how it might effect you, click here.


In order to assist the community during this time, the UGA Archway Partnership created this helpful guide with information and resources involving COVID-19. To view the resource guide, feel free to click here.

Georgia farmers and agricultural producers eager to sell abundant supplies of fresh produce and other products are being connected with consumers and other buyers who need their products through a new partnership between University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program.
Because of disruptions to the industry triggered by the COVID-19 crisis, many agricultural producers in Georgia — particularly smaller growers and producers — are experiencing difficulties getting their products out to those who can use them.
Through its Georgia Grown Ag-products Industry Promotion and E-commerce Promotion programs, Georgia Grown — a state membership program designed to help agribusinesses thrive by bringing producers, processors, suppliers, distributors, retailers, agritourism and consumers together — will waive all membership fees for the service until July to help producers affected by the crisis.
 “The first step is facilitating connections between consumers and growers. There are many people who are looking for fresh produce and cannot find it and we have producers who have produce and cannot sell it,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for Extension at UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Types of agricultural products that qualify for the program include everything from vegetables, fruits and other produce to seafood, meats, dairy, poultry products and any other agriculture-related products, such as honey and prepared foods.
“We are getting a lot of interest from many types of buyers, including consumer, wholesale, food banks and some restaurants,” said Matthew Kulinski, deputy marketing director for Georgia Grown. “This is a good way for producers who normally sell to restaurants to have a new outlet for their produce.”
Georgia farmers who are keeping regular hours, providing curbside pickup, home delivery or ecommerce sales during the COVID-19 crisis can join the programs by visiting the Georgia Grown Ag-Products Industry Promotion webpage at https://gdaforms.wufoo.com/forms/georgia-grown-agproducts-industry-promotion/ or the Georgia Grown E-Commerce Promotion page at https://gdaforms.wufoo.com/forms/georgia-grown-ecommerce-promotion/ and filling out forms that will add their information to a statewide database of producers that will be shared with consumers and buyers.  
UGA Cooperative Extension will support the program through its network of dedicated agents and specialists throughout the state who have relationships with local producers and community members who can benefit from the program. 
“This is a grassroots effort that starts with all of our Extension agents, specialists and coordinators who have the relationships with these growers, producers and farmers,” said Johnson. “We are working on several different ways to get this information out to producers and consumers, including our Extension website emergency resources page (extension.uga.edu/topic-areas/timely-topics/emergencies.html) and through traditional and social media. Together we can make this into something that will not only help agriculture in Georgia, but the people who need access to fresh food as well.”
For consumers who are interested in picking their own produce, Georgia Grown also provides a Pick your Own list of all producers who offer that option on their farms at georgiagrown.com/find-georgia-grown/agritourism/pick-your-own/ . ​

If you aren’t feeling well, if your health is compromised, or you simply want to reduce your chance of exposure, we encourage you to use our drive thru window or our delivery service. If you currently use a pharmacy that doesn’t deliver, we welcome you at Sandersville Drug Co. Prescription transfers are easy. Just give us a call.

If you have fever or flu-like symptoms, please remain at home. Call us with your medication needs and we will make arrangements to have them delivered to you. We accept payment with credit or debit over the phone. Also, if you have fever or flu-like symptoms, please do not enter the pharmacy but use the drive Thru to reduce exposure. We are here to serve you. Please call us at 552-7333, and let us know how we can help.

Chamber member, Pineland Cogentes provides the following free offer for all Washington County Chamber members:

 Folks, please don’t create even greater risk to your company by trying to roll your own work from home implementation. Please engage the help of a professional. With so many companies looking to enable work from home, bad guys are in a feeding frenzy taking advantage of poorly patched systems and insecure remote work setups. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber agency, issued an alert on Friday warning that malicious cyber actors are taking advantage of poorly patched network devices to compromise systems through remote access capabilities. They also warned of increased phishing attacks via email during this time.

Pineland Cogentes is here to help you ensure that your work from strategy and infrastructure is secure and not creating a risk for you company, your employees and your customers. We are providing free secure remote access capabilities through our support system for those who need it and don’t have the infrastructure today. Regardless of the path you take to allow remote access to your environment, we urge you to seek professional help to make sure it is secure.

Please call them today at (404) 424-8585 for assistance.

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Georgia Chamber Updates Businesses and Local Communities on COVID-19
Chamber works with Anthem to Communicate Member Cost-Waiver for Virus Testing

The Georgia Chamber is supporting a fact-based approach to the COVID-19 public health and economic challenge, emphasizing hard data, to keep the Georgia economy moving.

Employers and citizens should use the following regularly updated resources:


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Chamber Events & News

STAR Winners

The Annual STAR Luncheon was held at Sandersville United Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 19th.

WCHS STAR Student: Taylor Jackson, Teacher: Mr.Seth Watts. Brentwood School STAR Student & County Winner: Christopher Kitchens, Teacher: Mrs.Traci Upton. Meal: Tina’s Catering. Floral: Wiles Florist. Sponsors: Citizens Bank of the South, B-H Transfer, and Queensborough Bank.

Fun at the March Business After Hours


We had a great time hanging out with our Members at the March Business after Hours! Special thanks to Georgia Military College for hosting and Chester Dean's for providing the food!

Local Business

We have attached a link that includes the newest Executive Order from Governor Kemp. This will take place starting Friday, April 24th. Due to the size of the files, we weren't able to upload them directly to the newsletter, so please click the following link to view them:
For updated CDC Guidelines for Businesses, click here:

For a special DPH Poster that can be used within businesses, click here:


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Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter - Weekly Update: April 2020