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Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Press Releases

ATLANTA - Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black is applauding The Secretary of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency for releasing a memo giving guidance regarding the critical infrastructure industry during the COVID-19 response. Food and Agriculture are among those industries listed as essential to continuing critical infrastructure viability... (More)

03/15/2021 Georgia RRT Stress Survey Overview
05/07/2020 Georgia DPH Exceeds 100,000 COVID-19 Tests in 10 Days
04/17/2020 Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce-V3
04/08/2020 - Extension of Public Health State of Emergency
04/09/2020 New CDC guidance for workers in critical Infrastructure
04/02/2020 State-wide shelter in place executive order
04/02/2020 Guidance and FAQs for shelter in place executive order
03/17/2020 USDA Ensures Food Safety During COVID-19 Outbreak
03/19/2020 Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

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Animal Health

Currently, Georgia's animal industry rules and regulations remain unaffected by COVID-19. Pursuant to Georgia law (O.C.G.A. 50-13-9.1), no variance or waiver shall be sought or authorized, when any rule or regulation is adopted by the Department of Agriculture. Therefore, at this time there are no waivers or changes to any animal industry or health regulations in the state of Georgia. Please continue monitoring this webpage for any updates.

Georgia Grown

Georgia Grown, the marketing program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, is committed to fulfilling our mission of helping farms and agribusiness even during this pandemic. Below are some helpful programs and information provided by Georgia Grown and our partners.

  1. To find Georgia Grown companies that are open and making deliveries or offering curbside pickup during Covid-19, please visit
  2. If you are an agribusiness and farmer with products to sell for delivery or pickup, you can submit you information to Georgia Grown here:
  3. There are still many ways to participate in agriculture even during the quarantines. Here is our ag week promotion that families across the state can participate in together.
  4. Guidelines from UGA Extension to keep your farm, farmers market, upick operation, or community garden safe:
  5. The State Farmers Markets are open at regular hours to provide access and logistics for our agriculture industry. More information can be found here:
  6. Georgia organics has produced a good list of Georgia CSA operations that may provide produce directly to consumers:
  7. Community Farmers Markets are operating their markets with restrictions during the pandemic. They have provided additional guidelines and resources here:

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Structural Pest

Atlanta, Georgia (March 25, 2020) - Due to recent events relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, Commissioner Gary Black and the Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission (SPCC) have issued new guidance for temporary technician registrations. This guidance will allow GDA to issue a temporary employee (technician) registration while the Georgia pest examination centers are closed.
Temporary Technician Registrations:

  • The pre-examination training requirements must be met and the SPCC Pre-Examination Training Form must be completed and submitted to Notice 18-01: Pre-Examination Training Form.
  • The Designated Certified Operator (DCO) must complete the online application for a new employee registration and pay the required fee Application for Employee Registration. If examination is not available, the DCO should select "COVID-19 Examination Waiver" on the application. Please note that only online applications will be accepted for temporary employee registrations. COVID-19 Exam Waiver will not be available after June 30th, 2020
  • Technicians holding a Temporary Employee Registration must take and pass the state employee registration examination by September 30, 2020.

This guidance will remain in effect until further notice.

 Emergency Rule for Antimicrobial Pest Control: Due to recent events relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture has determined that an emergency Rule is hereby necessary to ensure a sufficient number of pesticide applicators are available and authorized to apply general use sanitizers and disinfectants in treating for COVID-19. The Georgia Department of Agriculture has adopted Emergency Rule 40-21-2-0.6-.01 which temporarily allows a person who is currently certified in any operational category or who is appropriately licensed to perform structural pest control services in Georgia to use general use sanitizers and disinfectants to treat for COVID-19 only without being specifically certified in the Antimicrobial Pest Control category. The Emergency Rule is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 120 days.

Pest Control as Essential Services
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a federal list that included pest control service (exterminators) as an essential business. Some cities like the city of Atlanta issued a shelter in place directive and this designation will be helpful for the pest control industry to continue providing essential services.


Structural Pest Control Testing Centers

Albany Technical College - Open (Thursdays)
Athens Technical College - Open (Will only be able to have four people testing at a time)
Atlanta Technical College - Open Mondays
Augusta Technical College - Open
Central Georgia Technical College - Open
Chattahoochee Technical College - Canton Campus - Open 4th Friday of Month
Chattahoochee Technical College - Marietta Campus - Open
Chattahoochee Technical College - North Metro Campus - Open
Chattahoochee Technical College - Paulding Campus - Open Fridays
Coastal Pines - Golden Isles Campus - Open (limited to about 8 per day)
Coastal Pines Technical College-Waycross Campus - Open (limited to about 8 per day)
Columbus Technical College - Open (very limited, three days the month of June- 23rd, 24th, 30th)
Georgia Northwestern Technical College - Rome Campus - Open (now only offers testing on Mondays)
Georgia Northwestern Technical College - Walker Campus - Open (now only offers testing on Mondays)
Gwinnett Technical College - Open Monday, Thursday, Friday
Lanier Technical College - Hall Campus - Open (Second Tuesday of each month)
Oconee Fall Line Technical College - North Campus - Open Tuesdays
Oconee Fall Line Technical College - South Campus - Open Wednesdays
Ogeechee Technical College - Open (Have limited seating, Tuesday and Thursday)
Savannah Technical College - Crossroads Campus - Open Mondays
South Georgia Technical College - Open (typically Thursday and Friday morning)
Southeastern Technical College - Vidalia - Open (Mon-Thurs, limited to one person testing at a time)
Southern Regional Technical College - Open
Southern Regional Technical College- Bainbridge - Open
Southern Regional Technical College- Moultrie Campus - Open
Southern Regional Technical College- Tifton Campus - Open
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College - Coffee Hall - Open
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College - Open

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