COVID-19 Informational Updates

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COVID-19 Testing - Georgia Department of Health 844-442-2681, Fulton County Board of Health 404-613-1202, Dekalb Count Board of Health 404-294-3700 (press 1 for COVID-19). 

CVS has set up a drive-thru testing clinic near Georgia Tech. If you have symptoms and feel you need to be tested, you will need to pre-register online for an appointment. Tests are done BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, and are available free of charge. In order to be eligible, patients must meet criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control, as well as state residency and age guidelines. Testing location is at 352 Peachtree Place, Atlanta 30332. Tests are done Monday-Friday 9-6; Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-4. Test results take about 30 minutes. https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing.

Peachtree Immediate CareNew Coronavirus (COVID-19) Evaluation & Testing Centers:
  • Currently, offering four drive-through evaluation and testing facility for COVID-19, including at our Austell, Alpharetta, Snellville, and Newnan Clinics from 9 am – 6 pm Monday – Friday, and 9 am – 5 pm on weekends.
  • At the sites, one can expect a screening for symptoms, a limited triage of your health history, a limited provider exam, and a nasal or oral swab for COVID-19.
  • The entire process is conducted while you are in your car.  This evaluation and test is fully covered by insurance and, if one is uninsured, there is a self-pay option for the evaluation while the test is likely covered by the government.  
  • At this time, we are NOT testing asymptomatic patients, i.e., those with no cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms. This may change in the future as more supplies become available.
  • If you feel that you need to be tested, please go to https://peachtreemed.com/reg  on the day of your visit and pre-register online.  Test results typically take between 2-6 days to get back from one of our contracted labs.
 
CARES Act summary information regarding individual financial support
Rebate checks to individuals – Subject to income limitations (phaseout begins at $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples), checks will be going out to those who cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s income tax return. The amount will be $1,200 ($2,400 for couples filing a joint return) plus $500 for each child. While the rebate is technically a 2020 tax credit, the IRS will be sending out the checks as soon as possible and basing eligibility on your 2019 income tax return (or 2018, if 2019 has not been filed, or Form SSA-1099 if no 2018 or 2019 return has been filed). If the advance check is less than you should have received, then you can claim the shortfall when you file your 2020 return. Alternatively, if the advance amount you receive is more than you should have received, no repayment is required. Note that under the income phaseout rules, singles with income above $99,000 and couples with income above $198,000 are not eligible.

If you were not required to file taxes in 2018 or 2019 because your income as an individual was under $12,200 ($24,400 for a married couple), go to this website to find out how you can get your stimulus check. 

 

No 10% penalty on early retirement plan distributions and 3 years to repay or pay tax – Normally, if you take a distribution from a qualified retirement plan prior to age 59 ½, you pay the tax on the distribution plus a 10% penalty. Under the CARES Act, however, an individual who is diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, whose spouse or dependent is so diagnosed, or who experiences adverse financial consequences as a result of being quarantined, furloughed, or lack of childcare due to such viruses can take up to $100,000 of distributions from qualified retirement plans during 2020, not incur the 10% penalty, have up to 3 years to put the money back in the qualified retirement plan, or, alternatively, include the distribution in income ratably over three tax years.

 
Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act
    • Who is eligible?
      • Employees who work with companies with 500 or fewer employees
      • Local, state and government employees included
    • What are they eligible for?
      • Full-time employees are eligible for 2 weeks full paid time off (up to $511 per day) to self-quarantine, seek diagnosis or preventive care or to receive treatment for COVID-19.
      • Part-time workers are entitled to 2 weeks paid time off at full pay (up to $511 per day) to self-quarantine, seek diagnosis or preventive care or to receive treatment for COVID-19.
      • Full-time employees are entitled to 2 weeks paid time off at 2/3 of their regular pay (up to $200 per day) to care for family members or a child whose school has closed, or if child care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19.
      • Part-time employees are entitled to their typical hours worked in a 2-week period (up to $200 per day) to care for family members or a child whose school has closed, or if child care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19.
      • For more information, read the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave.
 
Unemployment benefits - if you have filed for unemployment due to loss of your job or your hours due to the COVID-19 crisis, you may qualify for an additional $600 per week for up to 4 months from the federal government. 
  • The length of time that individuals may receive unemployment benefits has been extended from 14 weeks to 26 weeks. 
  • Individuals who make up to $300/week through part-time work are eligible for unemployment benefits
  • work search requirement is suspended
 
Filing Taxes:
The IRS has announced that the due date for any income tax returns or payments (including self-employment tax) otherwise due at April 15, 2020 is automatically extended (no request form necessary) to July 15, 2020. No interest or penalty will accrue during the period April 15 – July 15. This extension of time to pay includes any balance due with your 2019 income tax return and first quarter 2020 estimated tax. At this time, 2nd quarter estimated tax payments are still due by June 15. The state DORs appear to be following the IRS’ lead and offering a similar extension of time to file and pay.
  
Voting - Georgia Secretary of State's office will send a request for absentee ballot form to all registered active voters for the May 19th primary. 
 

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