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Atlanta fire chief in quarantine, awaiting COVID-19 test results

Atlanta fire chief in quarantine, awaiting COVID-19 test results

Atlanta’s fire chief has opted to self-quarantine pending the results of a COVID-19 test, one day after the city’s mayor announced that she tested positive for the virus.  Randall Slaughter is being tested for the coronavirus “out of an abundance of caution,” Atlanta Fire and Rescue spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford confirmed to AJC.com on Tuesday.  “He will also be in quarantine until his results return and will move forward based on those results,” Stafford said.  Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday announced that she tested positive for the virus.  “COVID-19 has literally hit home,” Bottoms wrote. “I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive.” — Please read more on AJC.com for updates.

WATCH LIVE: President Trump, First Lady to address reopening U.S. schools

WATCH LIVE: President Trump, First Lady to address reopening U.S. schools

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump plan to participate in a “National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America's Schools” on Tuesday. >>Watch a live stream of the address below at 3 p.m. ET. On Monday, President Trump said that U.S. schools must open in the fall. Reuters reporter Makini Brice writes that the decision to reopen America’s schools is one that Trump has “limited power” over, as governors “struggle with a nationwide rise in coronavirus infections and states reverse and pause attempts to reopen.” >>Read MORE from Reuters here. And stay up to date HERE as Atlanta area schools release their plans for returning in the fall.

Governor declares State of Emergency, authorizes 1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta

Governor declares State of Emergency, authorizes 1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta

Gov. Brian Kemp has signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency and authorizing the call-up of up to 1,000 National Guard troops in Georgia. The troops will be deployed as needed to protect state buildings, including the State Capitol, the Georgia Department of Public Safety headquarters, the governor’s mansion and the Georgia World Congress Center. The goal, according to the governor’s office, is to free up state troopers from those locations so they can help patrol the streets of Atlanta. “Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” Kemp said Monday. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city. I have declared a State of Emergency and called up the Georgia Guard because the safety of our citizens comes first. This measure will allow troops to protect state property and dispatch state law enforcement officers to patrol our streets. Enough with the tough talk. We must protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.” The order comes after a burst of violence across the city over the holiday weekend that left four dead, including an 8-year-old girl, and saw the ransacking of the headquarters of the Georgia State Patrol. Kemp, a Republican, issued the emergency order after threatening late Sunday to “take action” to curb the unrest in Atlanta if Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms failed to do so, a move that highlighted the complicated, and increasingly tense, relationship between two of the state’s most prominent politicians. The governor’s aides said earlier Monday that his emergency powers grant him the authority to deploy Georgia National Guard troops to Atlanta’s streets. He took that step in late May, after widespread looting and violence, at Bottoms' request. The mayor, who said Monday she tested positive for the coronavirus,  did not immediately address Kemp’s decision. But she issued her own plea to residents to end the violence. At least 93 people were shot in Atlanta between May 31 — roughly when the George Floyd protests began — and June 27. That’s roughly double the number from the same span a year ago. “This random wild, Wild West shoot-‘em-up because you can, has gotta stop. It has to stop,” she said after the violent weekend. >>Read MORE on AJC.com.

Stay up to date as Atlanta area schools release their plans for returning in the fall.
Stay up to date as Atlanta area schools release their plans for returning in the fall.
Stay up to date as Atlanta area schools release their plans for returning in the fall.
Stay up to date as Atlanta area schools release their plans for returning in the fall.
White House won't say if Trump backs NASCAR ban on Confederate Flag Hours after President Donald Trump went on Twitter and suggested NASACAR had made the wrong decision to ban people from flying the Confederate flag at its races, the White House maintained to reporters that the President had no opinion on whether the race car organization made the right decision. 'He was not making a judgment one way or the other,' said White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who faced a series of Confederate flag questions prompted by the President's morning tweet. 'I said from the very top of this briefing that he has not given an opinion one way or the other on that,' as McEnany quickly tired of reporters pressing for clarification on the Confederate flag and NASCAR. 'I'm not going to answer a question a sixth time,' McEnany said at one point. In his tweet, the President pressed Bubba Wallace to apologize over an incident where a rope - seemingly shaped like a noose - was found in his raceway garage. Wallace, who is the only black driver at the top level of NASCAR, refused to get into a back and forth with the President on Twitter. 'Last thing, always deal with the hate being thrown at you with LOVE!' Wallace said in a statement on Twitter.  'Love should come naturally as people are TAUGHT to hate,' Wallace continued. 'Even when it's HATE from the POTUS.' NASCAR also backed their driver. 'NASCAR continues to stand tall with Bubba, our competitors and everyone who makes our sport welcoming and inclusive for all racing fans,' the auto racing group stated. The dustup over the President's tweet obscured a different message from the White House Briefing on Monday, as McEnany chastised reporters for not asking about shootings in cities like New York and Chicago. 'I was asked probably 12 questions about the Confederate flag,' McEnany said. 'I didn't receive one question on the deaths that we got in this country this weekend.
 
Governor declares State of Emergency, authorizes 1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta
Governor declares State of Emergency, authorizes 1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta
Georgians celebrate a July Fourth like no other
Georgians celebrate a July Fourth like no other
Georgia coronavirus cases continue record surge
Georgia coronavirus cases continue record surge
Savannah mask mandate takes effect, putting Kemp in tricky spot
Savannah mask mandate takes effect, putting Kemp in tricky spot
LISTEN: Kemp speaks with WSB about extending Georgia's state of emergency
LISTEN: Kemp speaks with WSB about extending Georgia's state of emergency
Georgia reports daily, weekly records for coronavirus cases
Georgia reports daily, weekly records for coronavirus cases
Georgia reports daily, weekly records for coronavirus cases
Georgia reports daily, weekly records for coronavirus cases
Protests continue as Georgia posts record COVID cases
Protests continue as Georgia posts record COVID cases
Georgia House gives final OK to home delivery of beer, wine and liquor 
Georgia House gives final OK to home delivery of beer, wine and liquor 
Georgia House, Senate agree to school cuts but no employee furloughs
Georgia House, Senate agree to school cuts but no employee furloughs