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Clayton County is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic continuously. Please check back here for updated information as we get it.

Friday, April 2, 2020
4:25 PM

Third Amended Declaration of Emergency (Shelter in Place)

Governor Kemp's Statewide Shelter in Place Executive Order FAQ's

To find out if your business is a critical infrastructure business under the Governor's Order, visit the Georgia Department of Economic Development's website or call  (404) 962-4000 (1-800-255-0056 for the hearing impaired).

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
3:35 PM

Pandemic Financial Resources & Information


New Federal Tax Deadline July 15th:
Ga State Tax Deadline July 15th:
Halting federal student loan payments and interest for 60 days: 
US Federal Gov Unemployment:
Georgia News on Unemployment for Employers & Employees:
Georgia Unemployment Application:


Mortgage relief news:
No Atlanta Evictions for Next 60 Days:
Just Shelter: List of organizations working hard to preserve affordable housing and prevent eviction
List of Banks Offering to Help Customers:
Comcast: No disconnects. Free hotspots. Low-income households get 2 months free service
AT&T: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data
Verizon: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees 
Sprint: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data
T Mobile: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data
Georgia Power: No disconnects 
Atlanta Watershed: Suspending all water shut offs during this time
Geico: Pausing cancellation of policies due to non payment or policy expiration until April 30th


Atlanta Community Food Bank:
Atlanta Survival Program: Free grocery delivery
Free Meals for Atlanta Public School Students:
Uber Eats: Waiving all delivery fees

The Giving Kitchen:
 For food service workers needing financial assistance
Bartender Fund:
Creator Fund: Freelancers/Creators, get up to $500 to help with groceries, medical bills, housing, etc
Resources for Artists:
Relief Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC:


Mental Health Services:
Financial Planning Association: Pro Bono Financial Planning
CVS: Waiving home delivery fees & 30 day refill limit on certain medications
Atlanta Public Schools Updates:
Old Fourth Distillery: giving away free hand sanitizer during their business hours. Bring your own container and make a donation
Uhaul: 1 free month storage units for students needing to move asap


Scholastic: Free education for Pre K - grade 6+ 
Adobe Photoshop: Free for students until May
Adobe Creative Cloud: People with Adobe can get 2 months free 
NASA Media Library:
Peloton Workout App: Free 90 day trial
Free books, movies, software, music, etc:
Free Ivy League courses:
Free Online Museum Tours:
Free National Park Tours:
No Entrance fees to National Parks:
NPR: Free virtual concerts
Paris Opera: Free live performances
Center of Puppetry Arts: Free tours and performances
Might Could Studiomates: 1 month free trial
Download Free Coloring Books:


Tuesday, March 31, 2020
6:41 PM

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Chairman of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners by local and state law;
1. Shelter in place. All individuals currently living within the unincorporated jurisdiction of Clayton County (the “County”) shall remain at their place of residence. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All individuals may leave their residences only for: 
a. Essential Activities
b. Essential Governmental Functions
c. To operate Essential Businesses.


IMPORTANT: This Order shall become effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 1, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 12, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Chairman.


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Friday, March 27, 2020
7:02 PM

Clayton County leaders want to assure you that we take the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) seriously. We are in continuous consultation with emergency management and health leaders as we follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health. Employees and citizens should continue to monitor all county communication channels and media outlets for updates.





Thursday, March 26, 2020
3:23 PM

united way


Last week, United Way of Greater Atlanta and Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announced a partnership establishing the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund will provide immediate support to those most vulnerable to the economic and health related impacts caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. The fund will focus on providing resources to organizations working with communities disproportionately impacted by the outbreak and its economic consequences.

211 is here to help

For those seeking resources/services during this time – the easiest and quickest way to access is text 211od to 898-211.  Follow the prompts and it is immediate. The online database is also another quick resource –

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
5:29 PM


The Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Jeffrey E. Turner, extends the temporary closure for Clayton County Government/Administrative Offices through April 12, 2020.



Tuesday, March 24, 2020
4:30 PM


As per an executive order from the CHAIRMAN OF THE Clayton County Board of Commissioners, every effort must be made to restrict group gatherings, and therefore, all Clayton County Parks and Recreation playgrounds are hereby closed UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  




Monday, March 23, 2020
7:44 PM

Red Cross Appeal to the American Public:
Please give blood during this challenging time! Those who are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets, are urged to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible. Here's how:
  1. Download & use the Red Cross Blood Donor App to make an appointment (

  2. Visit

  3. Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

  4. Activate the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa


Update from the American Red Cross of Georgia



Monday, March 23, 2020
6:30 PM


Dear Clayton County Business Community,

Whether you are in the large industry sector or the small business category, we appreciate you and want to stay engaged with you in this changing environment.  Clayton County is working closely with state, federal and global partners to confront the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Clayton County Government has implemented telework options for employees and Chairman Turner has declared a State of Emergency in Clayton County.  All non-essential travel has been suspended, following Governor Kemp’s order issued on March 12.

As we proceed through an uncertain time, we remain committed to our vital mission of supporting economic development across the entire county.   

State Agency and Economic Development Resources 

Small Business Administration –

Georgia Department of Labor:  Information regarding unemployment claims related to COVID-19 and finding employment. 
Georgia Department of Insurance: Information on measures aimed at assisting individuals and business impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 related to the insurance industry. 
Georgia Ports Authority:  Information on operations and response to COVID-19. 
University System of Georgia: Information on the system’s response to COVID-19. 
Georgia Department of Education: Information regarding COVID-19 impact on K-12 education in Georgia. 

Impact on Local Business 


The Georgia Council for the Arts has updated its emergency preparedness page with links to resources as the arts community and nonprofits face the effects of COVID-19. The page includes news and updates on affected GCA Grants and other resources. Please note, nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for SBA Economic Impact Disaster Loans.

Motor carriers operating in Georgia are subject to updated regulations related to Governor Kemp’s March 14 Public Health State of Emergency Declaration. For details specific to the motor carrier industry, which are in effect until April 15, click here

International Consular Services
While most Consular offices in Atlanta are closed to the public during COVID-19, they are using their social media platforms to communicate. Many Consular services are being handled in person only for those guests with urgent needs and by appointment only. For a comprehensive list of updates compiled by Global Atlanta, click here.

Small Business 
On March 18, Georgia received an official statewide disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This declaration will provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 in all 159 counties in Georgia to help with financial obligations and operating expenses. Georgia businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and ahead of the December 18 deadline. To get started, click here

Explore Georgia, the tourism division within the Georgia Department of Economic Development, has activated its Explore Georgia Travel Alert Page on the Explore Georgia website to provide visitors with travel-related information, event cancelations and more. The site will be updated as the situation develops further.  

Travelers using the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport can find updates and a FAQ on the airport website

If you are a Georgia exporter whose operations have been impacted by COVID-19, the Export-Import Bank of the United States is offering relief provisions including waivers, deadline extensions, streamlined processing and flexibility to help U.S. businesses experiencing disruptions. For additional information, click here

Georgia Visitor Information Centers (VICs) were closed on March 13, until further notice. Restroom facilities remain open daily at nine of the 11 VICs, and the Georgia Department of Transportation has performed a deep clean of all VIC restroom facilities and will continue with scheduled cleanings, maintaining all health and hygiene standards. 

Health and Employee Wellness
If you believe that you are sick with COVID-19, follow these instructions from the CDC.

If you have an employee who tests positive for COVID-19, contact the Georgia Department of Public Health at 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584). 

For updates and tips on how to prepare for yourself and your family, call the Georgia Coronavirus Hotline at 1-844-442-2681. 

For the latest Georgia information on COVID-19:
• Georgia Department of Public Health: Twitter and Facebook: @GaDPH
• Governor Brian P. Kemp: Twitter and Facebook: @GovKemp

Our Team:
Business Opportunity Specialist Teams (8(a) and HUBZone)
Robert Ware, Supervisory BOS at or via phone 404.331.0128
Lillian Martin, BOS at or via phone 404.331.0127
Uneeda Collins, BOS at or via phone 404.331.0120
Brian Murden, BOS at or via phone 404.331.0123
For Offer Letters:
Lender Relations and Economic Development Specialist(s):
Jeff Patterson, Supervisor LRS/EDS Team at or 404.331.0126
Melanie Bryant, LRS at or via phone 404.331.0131
W. Lewis Burger, LRS/EDS at or via phone 404.331.0115
Patrice Dozier, EDS at or via phone 404.331.0118
General Email:
Lender Email:




Monday, March 23, 2020
10:50 AM





Friday, March 20, 2020
4:20 PM

The Clayton County Community Development Department offers online services for zoning matters, new/renewal business license, building permit, and building inspections. To access the online services, visit

In case customers have concerns they can call the following numbers for the respective managers:
  • Permits – Essential  Staff: Raquel Obumba – Manager,  770-473-5911 (office)
  • Business License – Essential Staff: Adah Silver – Manager, 770-477-3574 (office)
  • Planning & Zoning – Essential Staff: Madolyn Spann – Manager,  770-477-3577 (office)





Thursday, March 19, 2020
4:27 PM



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Thursday, March 19, 2020 

4:04 PM



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Thursday, March 19, 2020
11:01 AM

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Georgia Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

La SBA ofrece asistencia en caso de desastre a las pequeñas empresas de Georgia afectadas económicamente por el Coronavirus (COVID-19)



Wednesday, March 18, 2020
6:08 PM

Clayton Judicial Circuit-Order Declaring Judicial Emergency

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
12:17 PM

RE: Clayton County Solicitor-General's Office Accessibility Notice


In accord with the orders of The Honorable Justice Harold Melton, Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court and The Honorable Geronda Carter, Chief Judge of the Clayton Judicial Circuit Court, issued on March 14, 2020 and March 13, 2020, respectively.  The Office of the Solicitor-General of the State Court of Clayton County will be closed to public access beginning March 16, 2020 thru April 13, 2020.  During this period, only essential personnel will be at the office on a limited schedule to address essential court proceedings, public safety and citizen needs.

The main office telephone number is 770.477.3380 and will be answered when personnel is present.  However, if you leave a detailed message we will be sure to return your call as soon as possible in the order that the call is received.

Victims/witnesses concerned with the status of their case can reach a victim advocate at 770.473.4269.  If no one should answer the phone, please leave a detailed message with your name, the defendant's name, telephone number and case number.  If you have an emergency, please call 911 immediately.

If you are a candidate or participant in the pre-trial diversion program and need assistance related to recording community service hours, the deadline for submitting documents is extended to May 13, 2020, unless instructed otherwise by the Pre-Trial Diversion Coordinator, Carl Freeman.  Should you need any other assistance related to the program, please email Carl Freeman at

The Clayton County Solicitor-General's Office is here to assist the State Court of Clayton County address essential court proceedings and ready to continue to serve our community where we can.  In these unprecedented times and uncharted territory of major public health concern, we beg your patience and cooperation as we navigate thru this together.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Charles A. Brooks
State Court of Clayton County

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020
8:01 PM

Juvenile Court Operations During
Declared Judicial Emergency


While for the safety of all concerned our courthouse building itself is closed to the public, the Juvenile Court Intake and Clerk’s Office are still open and are addressing essential functions.

Please call Intake at (770) 473-5977 during normal business hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday), so that an Intake Officer can screen your situation. If your situation involves an emergency that would require an immediate court order, the Intake Officer will receive your complaint for filing.

If you are a parent, guardian, custodian, or witness and have been summoned to a court hearing, please call the number above to speak with an Intake Officer to admit you into the courthouse at the time of your hearing and escort you to the courtroom. Extended family and others not summoned will not be admitted during this time.

If you have an emergency at any time, call 911.

Order on Court Operations During Declaration of Judicial Emergency




Tuesday, March 17, 2020
5:08 PM


On behalf of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, we want to assure you that the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is taken seriously.  The Clayton County Emergency Management Agency Operations Center is activated, specifically for planning, preparedness, and response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
4:39 PM

Weapons Carry License Information Sheet
Regarding Chief Justice Melton’s Statewide Judicial Emergency Order dated March 14, 2020

Probate courts across the state of Georgia will temporarily suspend acceptance of applications for Weapons Carry Licenses and Renewal Weapons Carry Licenses pursuant to an Order of the Supreme Court of Georgia declaring a Judicial Emergency. That Order may be found at

If you are due to renew during the Emergency period, your license will not expire. Chief Justice Melton’s Order essentially pushes “PAUSE” on all deadlines created by law or rule. Therefore, you will still be able to renew after the Emergency ends. Presently, that date is April 14, 2020. If that date is extended, further order will issue.

To give you a concrete example of how this will work, simply add 30 days to whatever your expiration or renewal deadline is. A license expiring March 18, 2020, will expire April 17, 2020. The renewal deadline will extend to May 17, 2020.

We thank you for your patience in this unusual time. If you have further questions, please call the court and we will be glad to help you.

Pam Ferguson
Clayton County
Probate Judge
121 South McDonough St.
Annex 3
Jonesboro, Ga 30236


Monday, March 16, 2020
4:11 PM

Magistrate Court’s Standing Order related to Judicial Emergency

Monday, March 16, 2020
2:24 PM


Monday, March 16, 2020
2:01 PM

Clayton County SPLOST Listening Sessions


Sunday, March 15, 2020
10:48 AM



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Saturday, March 14
9:22 PM

Presidential Preference Primary Postponed Until General Primary Election


(Jonesboro, GA)-Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger postpones Georgia’s Democratic Presidential Preference Primary (PPP), effective immediately, due to the public health emergency posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to help reduce the risk for potential contamination for voters and poll workers.

Clayton County residents who did not cast a ballot in the PPP during the advanced voting period will have a chance to vote for the PPP during the General Primary Election, which will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Ballots that have already been cast for the PPP will be counted in the General Primary Election.

For more information, access the Clayton County Elections & Registration website,, or the Georgia Secretary of State website:

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Friday, March 13, 2020
6:50 PM

Temporary Closure Notice for Clayton County Government/Administrative Offices

(Jonesboro)-Clayton County Government/Administrative offices, and courts will temporarily close for two weeks, beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020, due to potential health risks associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with the provisions of the Official Code of Clayton County, Chapter 34 Emergency Management, section 34-4 Emergency Management and response powers, Chairman Jeffrey E. Turner, has activated the County Emergency Operations Plan. The provisions of the Continuity of Government Operations Plan (COG) and the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for Pandemic Influenza are also in effect.

“The temporary closure is a necessary action to help reduce the risk of potential contraction or transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID19) for our employees, their families and our citizens,” said Jeffrey E. Turner, Chairman of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners. “We are in continuous consultation with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), our Emergency Management Agency, and county leaders to help make decisions that protect our employees, customers and constituents.”

While there are no confirmed COVID-19 reports in Clayton County to date, as a precautionary measure, all programs, services and events for Parks and Recreation, Senior Services, Community Development, and Youth Services are cancelled and/or will be rescheduled. Advanced voting, which is scheduled for Monday, March 16- Friday, March 20, 2020, shall continue as advertised. Access the Elections & Registration website for more information: Government/Administrative Offices and courts will re-open Monday, March 30, 2020, during regular business hours.

For more information, access the Clayton County Education/Information link for COVID-19 at, or follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, Instagram, and LinkedIn).

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Friday, March 13, 2020 
4:56 PM

As with any major emergency, Clayton County Office of Emergency Management will remain vigilant and proactive to ensure our county is prepared in planning, responding, and mitigating this threat.

Our Emergency Services Physician has made this a top priority, and will continue to coordinate with state and federal officials to provide up to date services and information.





Thursday, March 12, 2020
6:20 PM 

The Clayton County Emergency Management Service (EMS) Operations Center has been activated, specifically for planning, preparedness, and response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) because the safety and overall health of our employees and citizens is priority.  Therefore, Clayton County officials are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Public Health (DPH).

 We are heightening our efforts to clean and sanitize offices and common areas to help kill and prevent the spread of germs. All employees and citizens are encouraged to incorporate the 3C’s: Clean Your Hands, Cover Your Mouth and Contain Germs.

For our first responders, Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services (CCFES) is currently following all guidance shared by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Public Health (DPH) for response to potential cases by frontline personnel. Through our staff physician/epidemiologist, we are conducting detailed assessments of our personnel to include rapid influenza testing for both strand A and B. Additionally, through our staff nurse practitioners, we are monitoring any employee that feels ill or is presenting any potentially relatable sign or symptom through enhanced protocol development for the management of internal stakeholders, as well as, the community at large.

If there are any changes in hours or schedules for operations, services, programs, activities or events, we will share the information on our calendar/website,, at the affected facilities as well as other communications channels as warranted.

Detrick Stanford

Chief Operations Officer



Wednesday, March 11, 2020
1:50 PM








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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
9:53 AM

Public Health Advisory _COVID 19

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