Coronavirus

Lumpkin County is communicating daily with our state and community partners. We have emergency procedures in place and our leadership is prepared to pro-actively address the issues related to this unique virus. Additionally, our Emergency Services department is prepared to respond appropriately to emergency calls, should the need arise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH)  are the official sources of information for mitigating your risk.  Please check back often for additional updates.  

The State of Georgia has announced a hotline that is staffed and ready to answer your Coronavirus (COVID-19) questions.  Please call 1-844-442-2681.

FEMA has created a website to dispel Coronavirus rumors. 

Ways to protect you and your family:

-The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus, so social distancing and avoiding public areas as much as possible are very important.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands.


Meeting your needs with online services.

The majority of your county business needs can be handled online through our website, with a phone call, or through the United States Postal Service. We offer a wide variety of payment options from checks to credit cards. We’re here to serve you but as we all find ourselves dealing with the Coronavirus our goal is to protect the public, and our workforce, by helping to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Given the recent guidance from Federal and State officials to implement social distancing, we felt it was important to send out a reminder that we can still meet the needs of our citizens even if we don’t see you face to face.

We have placed drop boxes at the ADA entrance of the Administration Facility where you can leave correspondence for our offices.  The boxes will be checked daily.

Department Operating Information

In this section, we are providing information from each department regarding changes to their operations as a result of the Coronavirus.  
  • County facilities will closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.  To conduct business, please call or email our offices.  The closing of facilities includes parks and trails.  
  • The Lumpkin County Clerk of Courts Office has limited access to their office and will only see individuals for essential functions. You may call 706-864-3736 for assistance.  More detailed information can be found on the Clerk of Courts webpage. 
  • The Lumpkin County Tax Commissioner's Office reminds citizens that most every items can be handled via an online process.  The links can be found on their webpage.  There is also a payment drop box at the ADA entrance to the Administration Building.  This box can be used for payments or correspondence for this office.
  • The Lumpkin County Tax Assessor's Office reminds citizens that most every issue with their office can be handled via email, standard mail or phone.  Their webpage has more detailed information.
  • Lumpkin County Magistrate Court reminds citizens that Civil Action questions can be answered by calling the civil court clerk at 706-864-3736.  Criminal matters or County Ordinance Violation questions can be answered by calling the criminal court clerk at 706-864-7760.  
  • The Animal Shelter is no longer accepting walk-ins, they encourage you to call the shelter at 706-867-7297 if you need assistance. 
  • The Planning Department is limiting access to their office.  You will be able to receive assistance via the service window located in the front lobby of their office.  They are reminding everyone that they have forms on their webpage that can be used to conduct business and reduce the need to visit their office in person.  They will continue to respond to complaints but will limit direct contact.  
  • The Lumpkin County Fire Marshal's Office has limited public access to their office.  If you need to drop off plans, those should be left in the Planning Department.  Plans will be picked up daily.  To pay your fees, please visit the Fire Marshal's page to access the online payment form.
  • The County Clerk is limiting access to the office and reminds businesses that Alcohol Excise Tax payments may be paid online or you can mail your checks.  
  • The Lumpkin County Extension Service has limited access to their office.  Please knock on the door, or call, for assistance. 

Closing Information

We will post updates to programs and services as we receive the notices.
  • The US Forest Service has made the decision to temporarily close trailhead facilities and other access points to protect health and safety of the general public.
  • Lumpkin County Facilities will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.  To conduct business with the county, please call or email our offices.
  • Lumpkin County Magistrate Court, in compliance with the order entered by The Honorable Harold D. Melton, Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, will be closed to the public beginning March 18, 2020 until further notice. 
  • The Lumpkin County Tax Commissioner's Office is closed to the public.  They are happy to assist you over the phone by taking payments or talking you through the online system.  If it is absolutely necessary to register your vehicle, they will make an appointment for you.  
  • The Lumpkin County Animal Shelter is closed to the public.  They will be accepting appointments for those that need to visit the shelter.    
  • Lumpkin County Tax Assessor's Office  - should you feel it necessary to meet in person regarding your appraisal, you will need to call and schedule an appointment.  Otherwise, the office staff is handling all other questions via phone.
  • Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation activities are suspended until further notice.  Facility rentals for gatherings is also suspended until further notice. Lumpkin County Parks and Trails are closed to the public until further notice.
  • Lumpkin County will not be utilizing Community Service Workers through the end of the month.  This will be re-evaluated at the end of the month. 
  • 9th District Opportunity's office located in the Administration Building will be closed March 18th thru March 26th.  
  • Lumpkin 101 classes are suspended until further notice.
  • Lumpkin County Library Grand Opening on March 28th has been cancelled.
  • Lumpkin County Library will be closed March 16th thru March 30th.  The library is waiving all fines for materials during the closure.  Book drops are closed.  As a reminder, Wi-Fi for each branch of the library does reach into the parking lots.
  • Lumpkin County Schools will be closed March 16th thru March 20th. 
  • Temporary Closure of the Senior Center Out of an abundance of caution, and because the senior population seems to be one of the groups most susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners has taken the pro-active step of temporarily closing the Senior Center. The Senior Center will be temporarily closed beginning March 16 through the end of the month. Our hope is that this will allow the instances of COVID-19 virus to diminish in number, which should reduce exposure to this vulnerable population. Over the next few weeks, we will re-evaluate this decision as the situation unfolds and expectation of reopening the Senior Center on April 1, if the situation allows. During this time, volunteers will still distribute home-delivered meals to clients who are currently receiving this service. Senior Center staff will be checking on clients on a daily basis as well as continuing their practices of deep cleaning the whole building.

Help for Small Businesses who have been impacted by Coronavirus:

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated all counties in Georgia eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Georgia small businesses impacted by COVID-19 are now eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Please note the deadline is December 18th, 2020.

How to apply:

• Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

• Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. 

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)- This program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. Small businesses up to 500 employees (as defined by SBA size standards) are eligible to apply but it can be up to 1,500 employees depending on the sector. This includes sole proprietors, self-employed, and independent contractors. This program runs through June 30, 2020, and more information can be found here.

• Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. 

The official press release with instructions from the SBA Office of Disaster Assistance is attached and you can visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance for more information. 

The Development Authority of Lumpkin County has created a business resource page for local businesses.