We continue to work with our state and federal partners to give you the most up-to-date and relevant information regarding Coronavirus. Visit the DPH website at https://dph.georgia.gov/ and learn more about precautions you can take to protect yourself, your business, and your community. Click here for the COVID-19 Daily Status Report.
FEMA Funeral Assistance Applications
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is processing applications for funeral assistance. FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
To be eligible for funeral assistance, applicants must meet these conditions:
- The death must have occurred in the United States. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020.
- The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
- There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
Applicants may apply by calling 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available.
For fastest service after you have called to apply, submit documentation online through disasterassistance.gov or by fax 855-261-3452. Documents may also be mailed to: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance P.O. Box 10001 Hyattsville, MD 20782.
Applicants can also visit fema.gov/funeral-assistance/faq Information is provided in several languages both by telephone and the website.
Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line
The Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential assistance to callers needing emotional support or resource information as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emotional Support Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals and others who have received training in crisis counseling from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
If you believe you are experiencing a medical or behavioral health emergency, call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately.
For important data that constituents will need in order to apply for public assistance, visit gema.georgia.gov/guidance-and-fact-sheets. Click to view the COVID-19 DR-4501 Applicant Briefing. For eligible applicants that do not have an account in the FEMA Grants Portal, register here.
Effective Saturday, Sept. 5, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency will no longer publish the daily COVID-19 Situation Report (SITREP). Data in the GEMA/HS SITREP, including hospitalization bed and ventilator capacity, and other information now available on the Georgia COVID-19 Data Hub.
To view past COVID-19 Situation Reports for 3/20/2020 to 9/4/2020, click.
Testing for COVID-19
All Georgians can be tested, regardless if symptoms are present, by contacting local health departments or health care provider for a referral to a testing site near their area. Click here for more information.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
GEMA and GA VOAD are working together to compile resources for both nonprofits and faith-based communities as well as statewide resources for vulnerable individuals and those who are financially impacted by COVID-19. Refer to this COVID-19 Resource Document for continually updated resources available on either a statewide or larger community scale. More information about VOAD can be found here.