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Georgia Coronavirus: Latest COVID-19 Updates

Georgia Coronavirus: Latest COVID-19 Updates
WHO Declares Coronavirus a Pandemic. Officials of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the pandemic from its Geneva headquarters on Wednesday. Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly, Dr. Ghebreyesus, WHO, via 'The New York Times'. We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction, Dr. Ghebreyesus, WHO, via 'The New York Times'. Until now, the WHO has declined to make a pandemic declaration, which it defines as a “wor

Georgia Coronavirus: Latest COVID-19 Updates

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Georgia is now 44,421 with 1,907 deaths and an approximate 95.70% survival rate. The Georgia Department of Public Health releases these new numbers every day around 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m. ET.

The DPH does not track the number of recoveries because it cannot accurately quantify the number at this time.

Click on each county in the map to learn more about the cases reported there.

[FULL LIST: Click here for all school closings]

This story will be updated as often as possible, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.

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*Important Reminder*

Those who believe they are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to contact their primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility. 

Georgians can also call the state COVID-19 hotline at 844-442-2681 to share public health information and connect with medical professionals. Click HERE for more information.

WEDNESDAY, 5/27/2020

Fulton County added COVID-19 testing at three more early voting sites: South Fulton Service Center, Garden Hills Slementary and the Sandy Springs library. No appointment is needed to get a test. 

Restaurant owners in the city of Tucker can now get a permit to allow for outdoor dining. It’s a new step to help ensure social distancing as restaurants reopen. 

A metro Atlanta doctor has found a creative solution so that hard of hearing people can communicate with those wearing masks. A California company is making masks with clear plastic panels that allow people with a hearing loss to “see” people speak—and also tell if they’re happy or sad. 

More than 5.6 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.6 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise.

TUESDAY, 5/26/2020

For the first time in nearly three months, some lawmakers went to the Capitol on Tuesday, and state senators conducted the first in-person hearings.

Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water are still working on reopening dates in Georgia. However, we now know some of the new changes guests can expect.

2 Chainz’s restaurant, bar cited for violating state’s COVID-19 executive order

Price gouging complaints have skyrocketed during the pandemic and consumer advocates are warning shoppers that some of the price increases are because of the changing economy.

Doraville City Hall is reopening Tuesday but on a limited schedule and with reduced staffing. Visitors will be required to wear face covering and practice social distancing if they go to City Hall. Hand sanitizer will be available in the lobby. MORE DETAILS HERE

State election leaders say early voting will be back up and running in two Georgia counties where COVID-19 exposure at the polling place forced them to shut down early voting. 

Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted Tuesday that Georgia would be “honored” to host the Republican National Convention. President Donald Trump said he may be forced to move it from North Carolina because of Gov. Roy Cooper’s crowd restrictions. 

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games is set to open locations Wednesday at 2 p.m. with safety protocols and certain restrictions in place. 

To protect against the spread of COVID-19, cities across metro Atlanta held virtual Memorial Day ceremonies Monday. 

Nearly 5.5 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.6 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies.

MONDAY, 5/25/2020

Unemployment numbers continue to soar in Georgia amid the coronavirus pandemic. But there are some local companies still hiring.

Some Georgia state parks suspend or limit access to control crowds

SATURDAY, 5/23/2020

Neighbors across Atlanta will get help to stop the spread of coronavirus as firefighters and community leaders hand out thousands of masks.

A Henry County woman says a controversial treatment for COVID-19 helped her beat the virus.

You will want to keep an eye on the sky this coming Memorial Day.

FRIDAY, 5/22/2020

One of the restaurant executives who was part of the roundtable with Vice President Mike Pence on Friday was Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer.

The Battery announced it will reopen two venues, Sports & Social Atlanta and The Tavern, for in-venue dining and outdoor live entertainment on May 28. 

The city of Tucker will reopen both of its public pools on Saturday. Officials plan to implement new procedures intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. To visit Kelley Cofer Park pool or Smoke Rise Bath and Racquet Club, residents must register online for a specific 2 ½-hour period each day. 

Vice President Mike Pence is visiting metro Atlanta to take part in a roundtable discussion with restaurant executives impacted by the coronavirus shutdown. We’ll have LIVE coverage of his visit. 

The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States continued to climb past 1.5 million early Friday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

THURSDAY, 5/21/2020

Gov. Kemp: Less than 1,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout state

You want to feel safe when you go to restaurants, movie theaters and malls. But here's something you may not have thought about: COVID-19 could spread in public restrooms.

Georgia’s unemployment rose to a record high in April. The state’s unemployment rate now stands at nearly 12 percent. Just a year ago it was 3.6 percent. 

Scientists at Emory University have discovered that many patients hospitalized with COVID-19 develop antibodies within six days of testing positive. The news is key toward developing a vaccine for the virus and treatments for those who are infected. 

More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak that triggered widespread business shutdowns. Roughly 38.6 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the last 9 weeks. 

Clayton County Public Schools will continue to serve free meals at 13 sites across the school district until July 24. 

CVS opens 23 new drive-thru testing sites in Georgia.

WEDNESDAY, 5/20/2020

Kroger is expanding its store hours as it starts to shift back to normal.

JCPenney is reopening three more Georgia stores Wednesday as their phased plan continues. The retailer says the stores have “enhanced safety protocols and precautions” in place.

Delta Air Lines is installing Plexiglas barriers at check-in counters and gates, and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has added floor markings to encourage social distancing.

The data behind Georgia’s count of COVID-19 cases and deaths is being gathered in the most suboptimal of scientific circumstances: real life.

The city of Tucker plans to give out 1,500 medical-grade face masks to residents at three locations this week.

Researchers at the University of Lethbridge recently released results from a study that shows the benefits of CBD as an aid in blocking the cells that enter the body from the novel coronavirus.

JCPenney is reopening three more Georgia stores Wednesday as their phased plan continues. The retailer says the stores have “enhanced safety protocols and precautions” in place. The stores are located in Hiram, Columbus and Fayetteville. 

Nearly 5 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.5 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise.

TUESDAY, 5/19/2020

Delta Air Lines released new details in its plan to move forward as it tries to attract passengers back, including more flights in June.

The H.E. Holmes MARTA station in Atlanta is offering free coronavirus tests Tuesday. It’s available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the parking lot for drive-thru or walk-up testing

University of Georgia researchers uncover where coronavirus impacts state the most. Many of the areas are more rural. See the results of the project here. 

More than 4.8 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.5 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise.

MONDAY, 5/18/2020

An experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers, its maker announced Monday.

Gwinnett County is launching its summer meals program for students. You can pick up breakfast and lunch at 18 parks across the county. Here’s a list of all of the locations. 

Early voting begins Monday for Georgia’s primary. Voters will stand at least 6 feet apart and will use hand sanitizer before walking in. 

Goodwill reopens after being closed for nearly 2 months. The stores have been sanitized and people can drop off donations again. 

More than 4.7 million people worldwide – including nearly 1.5 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise.

SATURDAY, 5/16/2020

Families lined up Saturday morning to get food put on their tables during this difficult time. One major poultry producer moved to online sales because of big turnouts.

FRIDAY, 5/15/2020

Officials distributing drug remdesivir to Georgia hospitals today

A recent study is getting a lot of attention saying we should be getting outside during quarantine.

At the beginning of the crisis, it seemed COVID-19 wasn't impacting children nearly as much as adults.

Delta struggles impacting economy across Atlanta

Several YMCAs will reopen in metro Atlanta today. There will be new rules for visitors and workers. 

WSB Washington Insider Jamie Dupree: “The House on Friday will vote on a $3 trillion Coronavirus aid package from Democrats which features more direct payments to Americans, $1 trillion in aid for state and local governments, and another $75 billion for Coronavirus testing. While Republicans have denounced the plan, we are starting to see cracks in that opposition – and it won’t surprise me if a deal is reached before Memorial Day on a fifth virus aid package. The House will also vote on new rules today which could allow for remote voting and hearings.”

This year’s college graduates won’t get to take their triumphant walk across the stage. But at least one aspect of the traditional graduation ceremony is being salvaged for the class of 2020: the celebrity keynote address. 

More than 4.4 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.4 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise.

THURSDAY, 5/14/2020

North Georgia will get another flyover on Thursday evening – this time from a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Cobb County.

Gov. Brian Kemp’s new executive order is now in effect and outlines the rules and guidelines as the state continues to reopen. Here’s what will stay closed and the new guidelines

Summer camps will be allowed to open under the new executive order. Many parents wonder how safe is it to send their children to them. 

New unemployment numbers will be released around 8:30 this morning with Georgia’s data available later today. Last week, Georgia saw a dip in the number of new unemployment claims. 

The White House announced that Georgia will receive more than $260 million in federal funding to increase testing capacity in the state.

WEDNESDAY, 5/13/2020

State experts say it could be 2 years before local hotels are back to pre-COVID-19 occupancy numbers. Some of the big contracts we had in the pipeline won’t be back for at least 5 to 6 years.

Internet access for online learning is about to get much easier for thousands of Georgia students living in rural areas.

Gov. Kemp signed a new executive order outlining the rules and guidelines as the state continues to reopen. Here’s what will stay closed and the new guidelines. 

Part of the new executive order also clarifies a major requirement for teen drivers looking to get their licenses. 

All metro and North Georgia Goodwill stores are opening today at 10 a.m. Donations will be accepted again starting Monday. 

Still having trouble finding paper products? Channel 2’s Kristen Holloway spoke to a supply chain expert to learn about the issues and when those items will be back on store shelves.

TUESDAY, 5/12/2020

Lake Lanier, Lake Allatoona campgrounds to remain closed until June, The AJC’s Shaddi Abusaid reports.

Georgia is expanding its contact tracing program.

MONDAY, 5/11/2020

Gov. Brian Kemp extended some coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday even as he eased other limits, as he paused his approach to aggressively open parts of the state’s economy closed amid the pandemic.

North Georgia will get another flyover on Thursday evening – this time from a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Cobb County.

The city of Decatur has decided to furlough nearly two dozen employees in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gwinnett County and Gwinnett County Public Schools are teaming up to continue to feed students all summer long.

Tyler Perry’s studio donates hundreds of gourmet meals to Grady hospital staff

If you are going to early vote in person for the June 9 primary, things are going to look a little different than in elections past.

Parts of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and Chattahoochee River recreation areas will open back up Monday. Here’s what to expect if you head out to the parks for fresh air. 

If you live in Georgia and want to vote in the primaries then the deadline to register is Monday. The primary is currently set for June 9 after the state moved it in response to the pandemic. 

DeKalb County Board of Health will have its second pop-up COVID-19 testing site. It will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The House of Hope Atlanta off Flat Shoals Parkway. The testing is free but you must pre-register. 

Emory University will hold a virtual commencement Monday at 10:00 a.m.

SUNDAY, 5/10/2020

On what was one of the busiest days of the year, restaurants get creative

SATURDAY, 5/9/2020

The Piedmont Park Conservancy, the nonprofit group that preserves and enhances Piedmont Park in Atlanta, is asking visitors to abide by public health guidelines to help everyone stay safe, especially this weekend.

FRIDAY, 5/8/2020

Fulton County school leaders say they're weighing their options about what next school year could look like and what might become the “new normal” for students.

A new bicameral legislative proposal aims to extend unemployment benefits during the duration of the pandemic.

The Department of Public Health now reports that every county in Georgia has confirmed cases of coronavirus. 

Today is the first day testing is open to everyone in the state, whether they have symptoms or not. A mass testing site will be open at the Infinite Energy Center in Gwinnett County. Last month’s event tested 800 people. 

Gov. Kemp says there are enough coronavirus tests and urges all Georgians to take one. 

Today marks two weeks since some businesses in Georgia began to reopen. It also marks one week since the shelter in place order ended for most Georgians. 

The Atlanta Motor Speedway and Atlanta Community Food Bank will host a mobile market to help feed families who need it. The mobile markets have already helped more than 10,000 people

THURSDAY, 5/7/2020

Gov. Brian Kemp and several other state leaders plan to talk this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. 

Before the governor speaks, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is expected to talk about what the city is doing during an audio meeting. Bottoms has been critical of Kemp’s decision to reopen. 

The Georgia Department of Labor will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. this afternoon. 

New unemployment numbers nationwide were released Thursday morning. Another 3.2 million Americans file for jobless claims last week. That brings the total to roughly 33.5 million people in the last 7 weeks.

As digital learning winds down, school districts across Georgia are now trying to figure out what next year looks like. Gwinnett County planned to bring staff and teachers back this week, but now reversed that move.

WEDNESDAY, 5/6/2020

Gov. Brian Kemp was in Albany today to visit Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. The hospital has set up a 24-bed mobile hospital unit on site that will serve COVID-19 patients starting tomorrow

A new coronavirus hot spot has emerged in the Gainesville area, stirring fears the region could see the devastating human toll already experienced in the state’s opposite corner.

During Monday’s Atlanta City Council meeting, city leaders decided not to issue permits for things like Atlanta Pride or the Dragon Con parades.

Tyler Perry announced Tuesday night that his studios will reopen in a limited capacity that includes temporary housing on the studio campus for production crews and staff.

Models show deaths from the coronavirus nationwide on track to reach 135K by early August.

TUESDAY, 5/5/2020

After a successful sale in Hall County, a metro chicken farm is holding an online sale of chicken to people in the Atlanta marketplace.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is tightening rules for approving coronavirus antibody testing following growing concerns about fraudulent and faulty tests.

You may already have found that meat and poultry are scant at the grocery store -- and now you may find it getting more expensive, too.

Gov. Brian Kemp is in Albany today to visit Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. The hospital has set up a 24-bed mobile hospital unit on site that will serve COVID-19 patients starting tomorrow.

The Food and Drug Administration rolled out a new stringent policy for testing amid criticism that the agency allowed inaccurate tests to flood the market in recent weeks.

Despite weeks of social distancing to contain the coronavirus, the outbreak continues to worsen in many parts of Georgia, a federal report shows.

After what may have seemed like an eternity for dedicated shoppers, a slate of large malls across metro Atlanta reopened Monday.

As officials across the country and here in Georgia continue the process of reopening states for business amid the coronavirus pandemic, antibody tests have been suggested as a key to getting back to normal.

MONDAY, 5/4/2020

Some of metro Atlanta’s biggest malls change reopen dates

Georgia hospital’s 1st coronavirus patient finally discharged to go home

Video posted on social media shows huge groups of people gathering to behave dangerously late Saturday night in at least two separate locations in Atlanta.

Piedmont Park, other metro parks crowded after shelter-in-place order expires for most

Emory updating restrictions on hospital visitors during COVID-19 pandemic starting Monday

SUNDAY, 5/3/2020

DeKalb County to pass out masks, hand sanitizer

SATURDAY, 5/2/2020

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, and the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will honor frontline responders and essential workers this Saturday in Atlanta.

A look at major coronavirus developments over the past week

Investigation finds computer program issues causing backlog of coronavirus testing results

Families still unable to visit loved ones in Georgia nursing homes

FRIDAY, 5/1/2020

Small business owner offers free COVID-19 testing for customers

University System of GA preparing for job cuts, furloughs as state looks to cut billions from budget

Gov. Brian Kemp’s signed an executive order Thursday that lifts a shelter-in-place order for most of Georgia’s 10.6 million residents, though it extends restrictions for the elderly, the medically fragile, nursing homes and businesses.

Lifting stay-at-home order, Kemp shifts focus to economic recovery

The AJC Peachtree Road Race has been held every July 4th for decades. But this year, it will be held on Thanksgiving Day.

THURSDAY, 4/30/2020

Hospital in Gainesville bracing for peak of COVID-19 as hot spot forms in Hall County

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced Thursday that it will soon begin requiring all customers to wear face coverings.

Starting this weekend, some malls in metro Atlanta and across north Georgia will reopen under significant changes to limit the spread of COVID-19.

There is now expanded testing for COVID-19 for people who don’t show symptoms in areas of Georgia that have been hard hit by the virus.

Gov. Brian Kemp announced he will formally extend the Public Health State of Emergency through June 12, 2020.

Record 1 million absentee ballot requests sent to state election officials so far

Gov. Brian Kemp will lift a statewide shelter-in-place order for most of Georgia’s 10.6 million residents starting Friday.The Atlanta Humane Society has stepped up to provide free services to pet owners during the coronavirus pandemic, but now they’re asking for your help to keep going.Coronavirus testing now available to people without symptoms in areas hardest hit by COVID-19

Georgia’s shelter-in-place order is currently set to expire at 11:59 p.m. Thursday night. Gov. Brian Kemp could still issue new guidelines or decide to extend the order. We are in touch with the governor’s office for any new updates. 

Here’s how our local governments plan to reopen when the order does end. 

New unemployment numbers are expected Thursday morning. Last week, the Georgia Department of Labor said it has already processed more than 1 million unemployment claims. That is more than the past three years combined. 

Los Angeles-based CORE Response and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation on Thursday plan to open a coronavirus testing site at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The testing center, which will operate at the Home Depot Backyard adjacent to the stadium, will offer free tests to people with appointments from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The site will operate Monday-Friday for at least the next several weeks.

WEDNESDAY, 4/29/2020

Experimental drug tested at Emory shows great results in fight against coronavirus

Costco has announced another major policy change for shopping at its U.S. warehouse locations.

Experimental drug tested at Emory shows great results in fight against coronavirus

Two Georgia men have been hospitalized after drinking cleaning products to prevent a coronavirus infection.

Large Georgia businesses working together to help smaller ones.

If you know of anyone who needs a hot meal in metro Atlanta, the Global Mall in Norcross is hosting another free food giveaway.

The amount of COVID-19 tests administered in Georgia hit a record on Tuesday with 13,000 reported. There are now 49 testing sites across the state in addition to nine run by the Georgia National Guard. Find a COVID-19 testing site in Georgia. 

Department of Health numbers seem to indicate there is a flattening of the curve. 

Gov. Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place order ends tomorrow. Here’s how our local governments plan to reopen when the order ends. 

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) announced it will host a virtual commencement on Saturday May 16.

Mattel is honoring essential workers fighting the coronavirus with a special edition line of action figures that will also extend to its Little People brand, the toy giant announced Wednesday.

University of Georgia President Jere Morehead said Tuesday he anticipates reopening its campuses, along with other schools in the University System of Georgia, for in-person instruction in August for the fall semester.

TUESDAY, 4/28/2020

Here’s how our local governments plan to reopen when shelter in place ends

Amazon building another fulfillment center in Georgia, creating 800 jobs

An Atlanta Hawks star is helping to feed those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Georgia is now the 11th state to reach 1,000 deaths from the virus in the United States, according to RealClear Politics coronavirus tracker. 

The CDC and local health officials will begin to offer random, voluntary testing for COVID-19 antibodies in DeKalb and Fulton counties. 

A computer research model grimly predicts the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus infections and deaths this summer in Georgia. 

Gov. Brian Kemp discussed what he called a difficult decision to reopen some businesses in Georgia during a news conference. 

Kemp said medically fragile people in Georgia should shelter in place until May 13. 

Kemp said he will allow restrictions on vacation rentals in Georgia to expire on April 30.

MONDAY, 4/27/2020

Havertys preps to reopen stores this week, but eliminates 1,200 jobs

New research model predicts second COVID-19 wave in Georgia

‘This is driven purely by economics’: Atlanta mayor talks about reopening with Tamron Hall.

Governor Brian Kemp discussed what he called a difficult decision to reopen some businesses in Georgia during a news conference Monday.

Brookhaven temporarily allowing tents to help restaurants reopen.

CVS Health will expand its COVID-19 testing to hundreds of additional locations around the United States, including to potentially more than 45 locations in Georgia.

Georgia’s plan to reopen businesses continues Monday with restaurant dining rooms, theaters and social clubs. 

These are the requirements that business owners will need to follow as they reopen, according to Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive order. 

Kemp will host a news conference at 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon to provide an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

He will be joined by public health commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey, GEMA director Homer Bryson, Director and Adjutant General Tom Carden of the Georgia National Guard. 

The governor hosted a Day of Prayer at the state capitol with faith leaders and other politicians. 

There are now 23,773 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, with 942 deaths. About 4,433 total cases have required hospitalization. The Georgia Department of Public Health website breaks down the latest data. 

Kemp announced that Walmart is partnering with the state to offer mobile coronavirus testing to rural parts of Georgia.

SUNDAY, 4/26/2020

What will college look like next year? GSU president looks ahead

State partners with Walmart to provide mobile testing unit

SATURDAY, 4/25/2020

Waffle House CEO explains decision to reopen, how restaurant will keep people safe.

FRIDAY, 4/24/2020

Georgia has received more than $5 billion in stimulus payments; ranks 9th in the country

People rally outside governor’s mansion over reopening of some businesses

Local Kroger stores will be delivering thousands of gallons of milk to the people who need it the most during this time.

First customers begin to stream into barber shops, gyms, other businesses.

Today is when Phase 1 of Georgia reopening starts. Salons, spas and gyms are among the nonessential businesses that can reopen. 

Pres. Trump on Thursday night blasted Gov. Brian Kemp for his plans to partially reopen Georgia businesses starting Friday. 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the state’s reopening play. “What I believe is that there are some who are willing to sacrifice lives for the sake of the economy. That’s unacceptable to me," Bottoms said.

These new testing sites are now open across Georgia: Greenbriar Mall, Georgia State University Blue Parking, Kennesaw State University Parking Deck, Clayton State Parking Deck (City of Morrow), Decatur Armory, M.E. Lewis Elementary School and Colquitt Regional Medical Center.

THURSDAY, 4/23/2020

Kemp releases new requirements for Georgia restaurants to reopen dine-in service
Many college students were counting on working at summer camps to make some money but camps all over the state are being canceled.

Eleven metro Atlanta chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are calling on people to "defy the governor" and continue to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

1M Georgians filed for unemployment in last month - more than past 3 years combined

New Georgia unemployment numbers were released Thursday morning. The state’s labor commissioner said Georgia has already paid out over a billion dollars. “If I had to just guess, you are going to see over a million claims filed in basically a months time,” said GDOL’s Mark Butler. 

During a news conference Wednesday, President Trump said he “strongly disagrees” with Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to start reopening the state. Later that night, Kemp responded saying his plan was “driven by data and guided by state public health officials.” 

There are now more options than ever if you need to get tested for coronavirus. Here are the steps.

WEDNESDAY, 4/22/2020

President Trump says he told Gov. Brian Kemp he disagreed with some of his decisions to reopen businesses in Georgia.

National Guard to open new free coronavirus testing sites this week

US Postal Service employee in Alpharetta tests positive for coronavirus.

Atlanta’s drive-in theater is reopening tonight.

Cobb County will reopen trails and “passive” parks in the county beginning this weekend.

Hundreds can get tested during an event today at the Infinite Energy Center in Gwinnett County. The Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County health departments will conduct 800 tests. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms is eligible to get tested but appointments are required.

200 long-term care facilities in Georgia have reported COVID-19 outbreaks. 

Metro Atlanta restaurant and salon owners have mixed emotions about reopening businesses Friday and Monday. 

MARTA says a 53-year-old employee who cleaned their stations died from the coronavirus. It is the agency’s first COVID-19 death. 

Elective surgeries could resume as early as next week. But hospital staff we spoke with says those surgeries will depend on a number of factors.

TUESDAY, 4/21/2020

Can you refuse to work when Georgia reopens and still collect unemployment?

Members of state coronavirus task force not notified of decision to start reopening state

Gov. Kemp says data is on his side in decision to reopen state

Gov. Brian Kemp held a news conference Monday afternoon where he addressed plans to reopen the state. Kemp will allow the stay-at-home order to expire on April 30.

Joining Atlanta's Morning News on Tuesday, April 21, Gov. Kemp spoke with WSB's Scott Slade about plans to allow some businesses shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic to reopen by the end of the week.

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told Channel 2 anchor Jovita Moore she was caught off guard by the governor’s announcement to reopen the state starting this week. 

Here’s a summary of what can reopen and when. It’s important to note that the governor said “I am not reopening these entities for ‘business as usual.’” 

The Atlanta City Council has approved $7 million in pandemic support funding. The money helps secure children’s food programs, senior food programs, homeless preparedness and response and more. 

City Council also passed a resolution urging everyone in City of Atlanta to wear masks while working, shopping, going to restaurants or other essential businesses. 

Kemp said the state has partnered with the state university system to ramp up more testing. Announced app to help start the screening process if you believe you have coronavirus.

MONDAY, 4/20/2020

What’s opening in Georgia in Phase 1 of COVID-19 recovery?
Facebook announced Monday that applications are now open for small businesses in metro Atlanta to be awarded thousands of dollars in grant money.

Local Suwanee business owners Paul Hoyt and his wife Brandi partnered with RIP Medical Debt to relieve over $1.8 million in past due medical debts for Forsyth and Gwinnett County families who are unable to pay them.

US oil prices crash below zero as worldwide demand collapses.

Gov. Brian Kemp outlined plans Monday to allow some businesses shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic to reopen by the end of the week, as he starts to ease restrictions that have ravaged the state’s economy to stem the spread of the disease.

Gov. Brian Kemp and other state officials will hold a news conference today at 4 p.m. to discuss the next steps for the state to take. 

MARTA is suspending over 60 bus routes starting Monday morning. 

Atlanta Public Schools shut down two of its food distribution after workers tested positive for COVID-19. These are the changes the district is making starting today. 

Today the Atlanta City Council is expected to vote on a 60-day plan to remove homeless people sleeping inside the airport. Leaders say they have a 5-step plan. 

Nursing homes will now be required to tell patients and their families about any COVID-19 cases. Facilities must report cases directly to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is facing a class-action lawsuit. A customer filed the lawsuit Friday claiming Delta refused to give refunds for canceled flights.

SUNDAY, 4/19/2020

Local non-profit selling shirts to buy meals for parents of patients at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta

Kroger matches Tyler Perry’s senior hour donation

SATURDAY, 4/18/2020

Atlanta Federal Penitentiary employee found dead tested positive for coronavirus.

Here’s what you should know if you’re stuck with concert, event tickets.

75% of patients at SW Atlanta nursing home have coronavirus; 15 have died.

FRIDAY, 4/17/2020

Red Cross ready to help despite coronavirus and another round of severe weather.

Police shut down sale at metro Atlanta chicken plant that drew huge crowds.

Metro hospitals using streaming technology to keep loved ones in touch with coronavirus patients.

Atlanta Public Schools has shut down two of its 10 food distribution sites after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The University of Georgia has released its plans for how it will handle graduations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly 2.2 million people worldwide -- including more than 671,000 people in the United States – have been infected with the coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. 

Chinese officials on Friday revised the death toll in Wuhan to include an additional 1,290 fatalities attributed to the novel coronavirus, citing a larger percentage of home deaths than previously counted and overwhelmed health care personnel.

THURSDAY, 4/16/2020

Changes coming to remove homeless people from Atlanta airport

The new temporary hospital going up inside one of the Georgia World Congress Center’s cavernous exhibit halls could begin accepting patients as early as Saturday morning.

The White House on Thursday released an 18 page package of guidelines to help states re-open businesses shuttered by the Coronavirus outbreak, counseling individuals to continue social distancing practices, and urging businesses to ensure a safe working environment for their employees, as the U.S. tries to return to a more normal environment.

WSB Radio aired a special report on the morning of April 16th. “Coronavirus: Where Georgia’s Jobs Stand” focused on what aid is available, who can get it, and how they navigate the system to get benefits quickly. WSB’s Scott Slade and Eric Von Haessler spoke with guests that included Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, Consumer Expert Clark Howard, and ‘Money Matters’ host Wes Moss.

>>Listen to the special report in its entirety below.

Starting immediately, anyone in Georgia with coronavirus symptoms can get tested via referral. Here’s how. 

Emory University is opening up a drive-through testing site by appointment only. Use this screening tool if you’d like to be tested. 

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr says his office has seen more than 600 complaints of coronavirus scams already. It’s a problem nationwide for the Federal Trade Commission. 

Kroger and America’s largest food union are calling for state and federal lawmakers to designate grocery story workers as first responders.

WEDNESDAY, 4/15/2020

Starting immediately, anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus can get tested at one of the Georgia Department of Health drive-through sites across the state.

The Atlanta City Council took action Tuesday to help people who have trouble paying their rent. The council ratified Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms order calling for a temporary moratorium on some evictions for the next 60 days. 

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will receive a $5.4 billion in federal relief funding. It will help keep workers paid through September. Delta is the largest private employer in Georgia. 

The White House says about 80 million Americans can expect economic impact payment checks to hit their bank accounts today.

The White House says about 80 million Americans can expect economic impact payment checks to hit their bank accounts today.

TUESDAY, 4/14/2020

Atlanta Motor Speedway has partnered with Hampton Elementary and the Atlanta Community Food Bank to feed families in Hampton.

Gov. Brian Kemp says the state is now expecting to hit the coronavirus peak May 1.

Public health directors across the state have been ordered to expand testing and criteria. Criteria will now include asymptomatic people who have had close contact with those who are infected with COVID-19. 

AAA is now offering free AAA Roadside Assistance to all healthcare workers and first responders in select Georgia cities, regardless of whether they are AAA members.

The DeKalb County School District is ending school early for students as they continue learning from home amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Tuesday. School will end on May 8 for seniors and May 15 for other grades.

MONDAY, 4/13/2020

One of the biggest things that Gov. Brian Kemp emphasized during an afternoon news conference Monday was testing for coronavirus needed to ramped up across the state.

The Kia plant in West Point confirms it will remain closed until April 27. The company stopped production at the end of March for two weeks but a plant spokesman confirmed today they will extend that shutdown. Piedmont Atlanta Hospital opening Buckhead expansion several months early. It opens today.

Pope Francis prays for women, domestic violence victims amid pandemic.

SUNDAY, 4/12/2020

Georgia World Congress Center to be transformed into temporary hospital

SATURDAY, 4/11/2020

There is some encouraging news as some metro Atlanta hospitals are seeing fewer coronavirus patients than some models first predicted.

FRIDAY, 4/10/2020

The Georgia Department of Labor says it processed more claims last week than were processed during the entire year of 2019. The GDOL announced the agency processed 390,132 claims during the week of March 29 through April 4, more than three times what was processed the week before.

School districts are making changes to their digital learning plans. Cobb County and Gwinnett County schools announced that digital learning will happen Monday-Thursdays. No new assignments will be given on Fridays, so students can use that day to catch up on assignments.

City of College Park have adopted a hazard pay policy for front line public safety and public works employees. The policy goes into effect immediately and will help 150 essential employees. The hazard pay is a supplement to an employees base pay, and will range from $250 - $500 dollars per month. The payments will remain in place until June 30th.

THURSDAY, 4/9/2020

The Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday it processed 390,132 claims for unemployment benefits last week – handling more claims in seven days than during all of last year.

Thousands of Georgians have lost their job in the last few weeks due to the coronavirus.

Georgians are getting a few extra weeks to renew their motor vehicle registrations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Brian Kemp said he has signed an executive order extending the statewide shelter-in-place order until April 30.

10% of US labor force now out of work since virus slammed economy as 6.6 million file for jobless aid.

Georgia’s primary pushed back again due to coronavirus pandemic. It will now take place in June.

WEDNESDAY, 4/8/2020

Hours after Gov. Brian Kemp extended the statewide shelter-in-place order through the end of April, Georgia’s confirmed coronavirus cases crossed the 10,000 mark, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Gov. Brian Kemp extended Georgia’s shelter in place order through the end of April and imposed new restrictions on senior care facilities Wednesday as he faced criticism from local officials who urged him to take more drastic steps to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday he would extend Georgia’s public health emergency through May 13, granting him more time to use extraordinary powers to suspend laws and impose other restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fulton County Board of Health has closed the following health centers to the public: Adamsville Regional Health Center, Center for Health and Rehabilitation, North Fulton Service Center, Neighborhood Union Health Center and Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Health Center.

Along with the closures, people who visit the other locations are required to have their temperature checked and wear a mask before they enter the building. Anyone exhibiting coronavirus symptoms or refuses to wear a mask and have their temperature taken will not be allowed into the building.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced new usage guidelines for the Atlanta BeltLine that goes into effect Wednesday morning.

Emory University is one of many agencies and universities working in a national trial of a vaccine that could potentially prevent the virus. One of those trial participants spoke with Channel 2 about what it means to be part of the trial and the fears that come with it.

TUESDAY, 4/7/2020

At least 10 people have died from the coronavirus at one Athens nursing home, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Kroger will begin today to limit the number of customers allowed in their stores at one time to allow for proper physical distancing in every store. The amount of customers will be based on the square-footage of each store.

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital’s new Marcus Tower will open four months early — on April 13 — to help treat the surge of coronavirus patients expected this month.

New CVS drive-thru testing center is open on Georgia Tech’s officials. People cannot just show up for testing. You have to fill out a registration form before arriving.

MONDAY, 4/6/2020

"Coronavirus—Where Your Money Stands" airs today from 12-3PM on 95.5 WSB. Download the WSB Radio App and use the Open Mic feature to send questions for Clark Howard, Wes Moss, and host Scott Slade.

Augusta National Golf Club announced on Monday that the intended dates for the 2020 Masters will be Nov. 9-15.

CVS will begin operating a drive-thru rapid COVID-19 testing site on Georgia Tech’s campus. At full capacity, the site will be able to conduct up to 1,000 tests per day.

Gov. Kemp names new coronavirus task force community outreach committee. It includes Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and CEO of The King Center.

Several school districts have spring break this week. Here are how the districts and local nonprofits are working together to keep providing food for students.

As coronavirus cases surge in Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp has issued some new guidelines on how to stay safe when you make necessary shopping trips.

SUNDAY, 4/5/2020

6,742 coronavirus cases now confirmed in Georgia; death toll rises to 219

Gov. Kemp names new coronavirus task force community outreach committee

Kemp issues new guidelines on how to stay safe while shopping

Georgia small businesses offered webinars on federal stimulus aid

Congregations move to cyberspace and parking lots for worship

SATURDAY, 4/4/2020

The statewide shelter-in-place rule is now in effect. It lasts until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 13. The governor can extend the order if the state of emergency he declared on March 14 is extended.

Hobby Lobby is closing all its stores nationwide and furloughing employees without pay.

FRIDAY, 4/3/2020

Some of the state’s most popular beaches will be allowed to reopen Friday night due to Gov. Brian Kemp’s statewide order superseding that of some city-level shelter-in-place mandates.

The youngest death reported is an 11-year-old in DeKalb County. The boy had an underlying condition, but the public health department did not disclose what condition he suffered from.

Gov. Brian Kemp signed the statewide shelter-in-place order Thursday afternoon. It will go into effect at 6 p.m. today.

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is temporarily shutting down all dispersed camping corridors, day-use areas, trailhead facilities and other recreation sites on the Blue Ridge Ranger District to protect public health and safety.

Georgia is offering help for parents of Pre-K students who are stuck at home.

The massive stimulus package signed by President Donald Trump includes $500 million for the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather electronic information to track the spread of the coronavirus.

The Department of Justice announced that it is making $850 million available to help public safety agencies respond to the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19.

THURSDAY, 4/2/2020

DeKalb boy, 11, is Georgia’s youngest to die from the coronavirus
The Georgia National Guard is helping the most vulnerable people in the metro area.

Gov. Brian Kemp has released the statewide shelter-in-place order. The order will go into effect at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) launched a dedicated COVID-19 hotline last week to answer questions from Georgia’s families. Call 404-785-7955, seven days a week between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to speak with an expert about your concerns.

Thirty days after the first infection in Georgia, WSB is airing a special report Thursday from 8-10 p.m. ET. Listen to 'Coronavirus: Where Georgia Stands' live on 95.5 WSB or on the WSB Radio App. You can also use the Open Mic feature on the WSB Radio App to leave us questions ahead of our coverage.

Gov. Kemp will sign a state-wide shelter-in-place order sometime Thursday. The order will go into effect at midnight and last at least until April 13.

Kemp has also closed schools for the remainder of the school year.

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved an emergency plan to use $10 million for relief. The money will go toward senior services, small business loans and homelessness.

WEDNESDAY, 4/1/2020

Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday that he is issuing a statewide shelter-in-place order as the state continues to battle the coronavirus.

The mayor of Cumming, Georgia said he is reordering a stay-at-home directive hours after he dramatically announced he was rescinding the order on Facebook.

An order posted to the Fulton County Board of Health website says “all residents of Fulton County are commanded to stay at their place of residence” with exceptions.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered travelers from seven cities and states to be quarantined for 14 days upon entering his state due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The order applies to anyone traveling to Texas from the states of California, Louisiana, and Washington as well as the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Miami. Read more here.

Georgia’s GOP delegation has sent a letter to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to push back now-May primary back even further.

Low income, elderly an disabled Georgians can now get assistance with cooling their homes starting April 1. Visit www.georgiacaa.org for more information.

PruittHealth wants to make sure its workers are taken care of and have teamed up with Waffle House to provide meals for those working overtime. Waffle House will be using their food truck that was built for Hurricane Katrina to feed front-line hospital workers some scattered and covered goodness.

TUESDAY, 3/31/2020

White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an administrative order directing a hazard pay policy for front-line City employees.

More than 786,000 people worldwide -- including more than 164,000 people in the United States – have been infected.

An expert with Emory University said models show the peak for Georgia will be around April 22.

MONDAY, 3/30/2020

Atlanta’s mayor reached out to her city in hopes that people will really take her stay-at-home order seriously.

Marietta restaurants are now allowed to sell beer and wine with take-out orders during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Are you getting a stimulus check; how much will it be? Use this calculator to find out

Possible coronavirus case complicates Atlanta shooting investigation

Insurers Cigna, Humana waive coronavirus treatment costs

SUNDAY, 3/29/2020

Trump approves Georgia disaster declaration, authorizes federal aid

State Board of Education passes waivers to help districts during coronavirus closings

SATURDAY, 03/28/2020

Thank you, we did it. We raised $104,854 which will help the Atlanta Community Food Bank provide 419,416 meals to struggling kids, seniors and families across our community.

FRIDAY, 03/27/2020

Metro Atlanta counties and cities are announcing stricter community restrictions to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus in their communities.

With millions of people not getting a paycheck, we found at least 20 companies in the metro-area hiring right now.

Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

The House of Representatives are expected to vote on the historic $2 trillion stimulus package passed by the Senate.

Here is everything Georgians need to know about the stimulus payments, unemployment and more.

Georgia is looking at the possibility of temporary hospitals and even looking at the Georgia World Congress Center as an option.

Neighbors in Midtown are showing their support every night for first responders in a special, social distancing way.

The rescheduled “Hamilton” at the Fox Theatre will take place Aug. 4-Sept. 6.

THURSDAY, 03/26/2020

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the launch of ATLSTRONG, a new website that will serve as a COVID-19 resource hub for Atlanta residents.

Gov. Kemp announced all Georgia public schools will remain closed through at least April 24.

The city of Atlanta has established a website for residents and businesses to obtain the latest information about the city’s efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, The AJC’s Stephen Deere reports.

A third security screener at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The U.S. Senate has passed $2 trillion stimulus package. It will head to the House for vote on Friday.

Governor Brian Kemp and key members of his coronavirus task force are holding an unprecedented statewide Town Hall forum Thursday night from at 8-9 p.m. ET.

WEDNESDAY, 03/25/2020

The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday that they are letting season ticket holder to defer their payment due on April 1 until July 1.

President Donald Trump and Senate leaders have reached an agreement on $2 trillion stimulus proposal. The Senate will vote on the plan later Wednesday.

DeKalb County Schools confirmed its first employee case of COVID-19. There is no exposure to students in this case, according to the district. “Per guidance from health officials, the identity of the employee must be kept confidential, but we can disclose that the employee did not work at a school," the district said.

Cobb County has declared a state of emergency and is ordering residents to shelter in place. The new restrictions go into place today at noon.

TUESDAY, 03/24/2020

Governor Brian Kemp’s executive order for those who are “medically fragile” to shelter in place goes into effect Tuesday at noon. 

Early Tuesday morning, Gov. Kemp joined Atlanta’s Morning News host Scott Slade to discuss the order, which is scheduled to end on April 6th. Listen to full interview below.

A large coalition of restaurants, ranging from individual local businesses to national chains, is banding together for the Great American Takeout, a social media movement encouraging consumers to order takeout on Tuesday, March 24.

Health officials have confirmed the first death from COVID-19 in Clarke County. The Northeast Health District says a 67-year-old Athens man who had existing medical conditions died at a local hospital.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Monday night that she has signed 14-day stay at home order for the city of Atlanta.

23 coronavirus testing sites have been set up on Georgia for people referred by a doctor. They are in Cartersville, Rome, Dalton, Woodstock, Gainesville, Marietta, Atlanta, Morrow, Lawrenceville, Stone Mountain, Newnan, Dublin, Warner Robins, Augusta, Columbus, Valdosta, Tifton, Albany, Douglas, Statesboro, Brunswick, Savannah and Athens.

MONDAY, 03/23/2020

Gov. Brian Kemp announced a series of measures Monday to try to curb the spread of coronavirus, instituting a ban on many gatherings of more than 10 people and ordering a shelter in place for “medically fragile” residents for two weeks.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms spoke Monday about the city’s plan to combat the coronavirus. There are hundreds of confirmed cases in metro Atlanta.

DeKalb County officials have declared a state of emergency. Click HERE for more details.

Georgia Kroger stores will designate a senior shopping hour starting Monday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The City of East Point passed stricter restrictions on restaurants, bars and businesses, which will start Monday.

A third and fourth Georgia state senator tested positive for coronavirus Sunday.

SUNDAY, 03/22/2020

Georgia COVID-19 cases rise to 620

Georgia hospitals short on supplies put mask-making templates online

Kroger to alter store hours for shoppers at risk of coronavirus

SATURDAY, 03/21/2020

2nd Georgia state senator tests positive for coronavirus

Here’s a list of companies hiring in metro Atlanta. Check back often, we’ll be adding to it as we get more.

Atlanta Police Department says an officer who works in the department’s headquarters tested positive for COVID-19.

The city of Tucker has imposed a nighttime curfew on its residents, a move aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

FRIDAY, 03/20/2020

The Transportation Security Administration reports that a second worker at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has tested positive for the coronavirus.

President Trump has announced that student loan payments will be suspended without penalty for 60 days to help Americans struggling with the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the Trump administration has decided to push the income tax filing date to July 15.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says restaurants in the city will be able to serve alcohol to-go during a temporary period.

Gov. Brian Kemp says the state has taken action to get more coronavirus tests to hospitals.

Kemp said at this time, he has no plans to issue a statewide quarantine. California’s governor issued one late Thursday night.

An executive order went into effect at midnight closing dine-in restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and other entertainment venues in Atlanta.

Atlanta Public Schools said it has its first confirmed case of coronavirus. The district said the employee had no exposure to other students or staff. The employee has been directed to self-quarantine.

THURSDAY, 03/19/2020

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that a common drug used to fight malaria has shown great promise in treating people infected with COVID-19.

The Georgia Department of Public Health released new numbers Thursday and there are 287 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state.  The total number of deaths is now up to 10.

Click HERE for the latest case numbers broken down county-by-county, according to the DPH’s report.

Mayor Bottoms signs order limiting Atlanta restaurants to take-out; closing bars and gyms effective at midnight.

3 more people have died of coronavirus at a hospital in southwest Georgia, officials confirm. That brings the number of people dead in Georgia to 4.

Atlanta-based The Home Depot becomes the latest to change store hours. Click here for a full list of stores that have adjusted.

Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan to self-quarantine after member of state Senate tests positive for coronavirus. State Sen. Brandon Beach confirmed he tested positive.

South Fulton also enacting a citywide curfew starting daily at 9 p.m.

Local small business owners can now apply for a disaster loan.

WEDNESDAY, 03/18/2020

Simon real estate company has announced it is closing several metro area malls over the coronavirus crisis.

A Georgia state senator has tested positive for the coronavirus and chamber officials have asked their colleagues to self-quarantine.

Local communities ban in-person dining, impose curfews and state of emergencies

LIST: Stores that have adjusted hours due to coronavirus

Two more people have died of coronavirus at a hospital in southwest Georgia, officials confirm. That brings the total death toll in Georgia to three people.

The University of Georgia has canceled commencement ceremony set to take place May 8. Georgia Southern University also canceled its ceremony. 

Kroger announced it is shifting its hours to 8 a.m. - 9 p.m starting Wednesday. The grocery store chain is also hiring across all stores.

Target will also cut its hours and set aside special shopping times for seniors and other at-risk customers.

The Atlanta Braves created a $1 million relief fund to help ballpark workers as the season is on hold.

President Trump says the U.S. and Canada have agreed to temporarily close the border to "non-essential travel'. Trump says trade won’t be affected.

Georgia Department of Driver Services is suspending all road testing, non-commercial and commercial, until further notice. Some DDS Customer Service Centers are also closed.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park has closed all buildings within the park. That includes Visitor Center, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Fire Station #6, the Dr. King’s Birth Home, and the Eastern National Bookstore. The outdoor spaces in the park will remain open for free for visitors to walk around.

TUESDAY, 03/17/2020

Ponce City Market will close at 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, for an undetermined period.

Kroger’s Atlanta division, which includes Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina, announced it is shifting store hours across the region to 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Gwinnett County declares state of emergency to help with resources toward coronavirus.

Nine doctors are sick with COVID-19, the diseased caused by the new coronavirus, Atlanta-based CNN anchor Dr. Sanjay Gupta said on air.

A metro Atlanta assisted living facility has three residents and an employee who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

More cities and national chains are closing restaurant dining areas in metro Atlanta. 

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has closed its north and south terminal checkpoints. The airport said all passengers are being directed through the main checkpoint until further notice.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order requiring restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, clubs, and other public gathering spots to limit their occupancy to no more than 50 people.

Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order to close all public schools from March 18 to March 31. 

AMC and Regal are temporarily closing movie theaters nationwide amid outbreak starting today. 

Many gyms and health clubs across the country and right here in north Georgia are closing due to the coronavirus.

The city of Decatur is closing all city office buildings to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17.

MONDAY, 03/16/2020

Gov. Brian Kemp ordered the closure of all public elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools in Georgia starting Wednesday through the end of the month as the state scrambles to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

The University System of Georgia is moving to online instruction for the rest of the semester, a spokesperson announced Monday evening.

Georgia lawmakers voted Monday to grant Gov. Brian Kemp broad new authorities to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, ratifying his unprecedented declaration of a public health emergency.

Federal officials shared new guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus. White House recommends avoiding groups of 10 or more people amid COVID-19 outbreak.

Atlanta Mayor to limit public gatherings to 50 due to virus

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday his nation is closing its borders to people who are not citizens or permanent residents as the coronavirus pandemic worsens in North America.

Two Emory University undergraduate students have tested positive for COVID-19, school officials announced Monday.

All state school testing, including Milestones, has been suspended until further notice due to coronavirus.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office has plans to mail absentee ballot applications for the May 19 contest to older voters throughout Georgia. 

DeKalb County has begun restricting public access to government buildings and facilities, The AJC’s Tyler Estep reports

GDOT has begun posting public health alerts along Georgia highways as the coronavirus outbreak escalates.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A said it is temporarily closing dine-in seating at its restaurants, joining a wave of U.S. businesses cutting back operations as the coronavirus outbreak intensifies.

Realizing we’re all in this together, an anonymous donor gave several hundred bottles of hand sanitizer to a local Gwinnett advocacy group. The AJC’s Arlinda Smith Broady reports the group then distributed the bottles during meal pickups at Gwinnett schools.

Thousands of Atlantans will go to work today without ever leaving home, The AJC’s Matt Kempner and Michael E. Kanell report. A hefty chunk of metro Atlanta workers may not be able to make such moves, however.

CDC's latest guidance could mean no sports for much longer.

SUNDAY, 03/15/2020

Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A to close dining room seating

Atlanta mayor declares state of emergency in city

SATURDAY, 03/14/2020

Georgia delays presidential primary due to coronavirus pandemic

Georgia Supreme Court declares ‘statewide judicial emergency’

Zoo Atlanta closing through March over coronavirus concerns

Georgia given permission to help return home 31 cruise ship passengers

Gov. Brian Kemp declared an unprecedented public health emergency Saturday and said he’ll use broad powers under the law to help the state contain the spread of coronavirus.

Brookhaven’s City Hall employees have been asked to self-quarantine after a city administrator tested positive for the coronavirus Friday evening, authorities said.

» Complete coverage: Coronavirus 

» Metro county services reduced, adapted for coronavirus control

FRIDAY, 03/13/2020

Kemp joined Atlanta's Morning News Friday, March 13th, to discuss the latest on the coronavirus outbreak.

>>ICYMI: Listen to Gov. Kemp’s FULL interview with WSB’s Scott Slade below.

Publix grocery stores announced Friday night that they will be closing at 8 p.m. company-wide starting Saturday.

Gov. Brian Kemp will declare a statewide public health emergency to take effect Saturday.

Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered the construction of a new quarantine space in Monroe County.

President Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus.

Delta slashes flights by 40% as virus cripples global travel

Six Flags Over Georgia is suspending operations until the end of March due to coronavirus concerns.

NASCAR has postponed this weekend's racing events held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Augusta National says next month's Masters golf tournament is postponed.

Atlanta Public Schools will offer students daily free meals at five sites while buildings are closed, Vanessa McCray reports.

The AJC’s J.D. Capelouto reports public animal shelters in Fulton and DeKalb counties have free dog adoptions through next week. Remember, there is no evidence you can get the coronavirus from pets.

Sunday’s scheduled Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway has been postponed, The AJC’s Steve Hummer reports.

Georgia football beat writer Chip Towers reports UGA’s spring football games are suspended through March 30.

A Southwest Georgia school system announced Friday that it would be closed for two weeks after learning an employee may have coronavirus.

Seminole County School System was notified Thursday night that an employee showed symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel virus, according to a note on the district’s website.

The Atlanta NAACP has made the decision to cancel tomorrow's 2020 Census Door Knocking Campaign in the City of East Point for safety purposes as they continue to monitor COVID-19 updates.

The number of cases of presumed positive and positive cases in Georgia went up from 38 to 42 since Thursday night.

Gov. Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health created a page for confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia.

More from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.

THURSDAY, 03/12/2020

State officials announced Thursday morning that a 67-year-old man with underlying health conditions who contracted the virus last week died at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Cobb County.

North Point churches to halt Sunday services due to coronavirus

March Madness canceled by NCAA over coronavirus
MLB delays opening game, cancels spring training games

NASCAR: No fans at this weekend’s race in Atlanta

Georgia reports 1st coronavirus-related death

Atlanta United beat writer Doug Roberson reports MLS will suspend its season for 30 days out of concern over the coronavirus.

A second plane carrying passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship touched down at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta.

Hawks beat writer Sarah K. Spencer reports Atlanta’s team will take today off and stay in their homes. The precautions are being taken after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus and the NBA suspended its 2020 season.

» 7 ways to stay physically active when you’re stuck at home

WEDNESDAY, 03/11/2020

Georgia now has 31 confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

President Donald Trump says most travel will be suspended from Europe to the U.S. starting Friday night. The United Kingdom is not included. The ban also won't apply to Americans trying to return home — though they will be subject to “enhanced” health screening.

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  • More than 5.8 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.7 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here. Live updates for Friday, May 29, continue below: US deaths near 102K, total cases soar past 1.7M Published 12:49 a.m. EDT May 29: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States soared past 1.7 million early Friday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,721,750 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 101,617 deaths.  The hardest-hit states remain New York with 366,733 cases and 29,529 deaths and New Jersey with 157,185 cases and 11,409 deaths. Massachusetts, with 94,895 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 6,640, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 115,833. Only 16 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 6,000 cases each. Five other states have now confirmed at least 53,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 103,813 cases, resulting in 3,993 deaths • Pennsylvania: 74,220 cases, resulting in 5,373 deaths • Texas: 60,395 cases, resulting in 1,611 deaths • Michigan: 56,014 cases, resulting in 5,732 deaths • Florida: 53,285 cases, resulting in 2,364 deaths Meanwhile, Maryland, Georgia, Connecticut and Virginia each has confirmed at least 41,000 cases; Louisiana, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 33,000 cases; North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington each has confirmed at least 20,000 cases, followed by Iowa with 18,586 and Arizona with 17,877; Wisconsin and Alabama each has confirmed at least 16,000 cases; Rhode Island and Mississippi each has confirmed at least 14,000 cases; Nebraska, Missouri and South Carolina each has confirmed at least 10,000 cases; Kansas, Kentucky and Delaware each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; Utah, the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases, followed by New Mexico with 7,364; Arkansas and Oklahoma each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown.
  • Protesters have overrun the 3rd precinct police station in Minneapolis. Flames are visible around the precinct but it is unclear if it is on fire. Livestream video showed the protesters entering the building, where fire alarms blared and sprinklers ran as blazes were set. Police appeared to have left the building located in the neighborhood not far from where Floyd died Monday. A spokesman didn’t immediately respond to messages left by The Associated Press. Anger over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody, has spread beyond Minneapolis with looting and fires set along a major St. Paul street. Earlier Thursday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called in the National Guard to try to stem the violence. The governor’s order did not say how many Guard members were mobilized or whether they would be in service Thursday night. After calling in the Guard, Walz urged widespread changes in the wake of Floyd’s death. It was the third consecutive night of violent protests following Floyd’s death on Monday. In footage recorded by a bystander, Floyd can be seen pleading that he can’t breathe as Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, kneels on his neck. As minutes pass, Floyd slowly stops talking and moving. Dozens of businesses across the Twin Cities have boarded up windows and doors Thursday in an effort to prevent looting. Minneapolis shut down nearly its entire light-rail system and all bus service through Sunday out of safety concerns. Check back for more on this developing story. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
  • The Bethel School District in Washington said it has fired a first-year high school wrestling coach after investigating a social media post that showed him on the ground with a knee on the back of his neck as he smiles and gives a thumbs-up. 'We have completed our investigation. Dave Hollenbeck is no longer employed by the Bethel School District. His behavior was not consistent with our equity initiatives and nondiscrimination policies,” said district spokesman Doug Boyles. The post was in reference to George Floyd, who died Monday after Minneapolis police pinned him to the ground with a knee to the neck. Viral video showed Floyd pleading that he could not breathe. The Bethel School District said it’s investigating a social media post by a first-year high school wrestling coach that showed him on the ground with a knee on the back of his neck as he smiles and gives a thumbs-up. “This is for all the race baiters and people that don’t What (sic) they’re talking about when they’re saying that this could kill you,” reads the Facebook post, which appears to have since been deleted from the Coach Dave Hollenbeck’s page. The post’s caption appears to have been updated as a second screenshot being shared on social media states: “Not dead yet I’m doing this for Are (sic) police officers the media is a race-baiting machine and I’m tired of it I’m going to speak out every time if you don’t like that I’m sorry but I love All people.. Wake up America.” The post is in reference to George Floyd, who died Monday after Minneapolis police pinned him to the ground with a knee to the neck. Viral video shows Floyd pleading that he could not breathe. “There is no reasonable rationale for him to post anything like that,” said Jay Davenport, one of the district parents outraged over the post. “It’s about humanity, it’s about integrity; that post lacks both.' Davenport, a youth sports coach himself, said staying quiet about the post was not an option. “You have young impressionable lives that you’re mentoring and you’re making stuff like this?’ said Davenport. “I have no tolerance for that.” Hollenbeck defended his post in an interview with KIRO-TV. 'I did not tell any lies; I showed that I was OK from a knee on my neck. That is it,” Hollenbeck said. “I did not say anything racist and maybe it was insensitive at the time.” The district said Hollenbeck wasn’t a teacher. 'This was his first year as a wrestling coach at Bethel High School. As wrestling season is over, he is not working for us right now,” Boyles said.
  • More than 5.9 million people worldwide – including more than 1.7 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here. Live updates for Thursday, May 28, continue below:  Rising US job losses stir fears of lasting economic damage Update 10:55 p.m. EDT May 28: The coronavirus crisis threw at least 2.1 million Americans out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, stoking fears Thursday that the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the U.S. economy. Despite a few glimmers of hope, most of the latest economic news from around the globe was likewise grim, as some of the world’s most populous countries reported rising infections and deaths. The confirmed U.S. death toll has surpassed 100,000, the highest in the world. The latest job-loss figures from the U.S. Labor Department bring to 41 million the running total of Americans who have filed for unemployment benefits since the coronavirus shutdowns took hold in mid-March. There were some encouraging signs: The overall number of Americans currently drawing jobless benefits dropped for the first time since the crisis began, from 25 million to 21 million. And first-time applications for unemployment benefits have fallen for eight straight weeks, as states gradually let stores, restaurants and other businesses reopen and the auto industry starts up factories again. But the number of U.S. workers filing for unemployment benefits is still extraordinarily high by historical standards, and that suggests businesses are failing or permanently downsizing, not just laying off people until the crisis can pass, economists warn. Legal sports betting pitched as California budget salve Update 9:55 p.m. EDT May 28: Two California lawmakers on Thursday pitched legalized sports betting as a way to help prop up a state budget devastated by the economic shutdown designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, though their revised proposal immediately reignited a turf battle between powerful gambling interests. State Sen. Bill Dodd of Napa and Assemblyman Adam Gray of Merced are lobbying to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would allow horse racetracks and the Las Vegas-style casinos run by American Indian tribes to also offer sports wagering, both at their locations and through mobile devices. The proposal, like others before it, is controversial in part because of competition between gambling interests including card rooms, which offer table games like blackjack and poker. The legislation would also allow tribal casinos to offer craps and roulette, but the California Nations Indian Gaming Association fears it would aid card rooms by legalizing a practice that the state attorney general last year sought to outlaw. Card rooms say the attorney general’s regulatory proposal would change the way player-dealer games like blackjack have operated for decades. The tribal casinos contend that those operations have long been illegal and that writing them into law now would amount to “a massive expansion of games” by their rivals. Association chairman James Siva added that by the time the proposed new revenue surfaces, the economic crisis caused by the pandemic is likely to have subsided. It would take a two-thirds legislative vote to put the Democratic lawmakers’ measure on the ballot, and a majority of voters would then have to approve. Montana gates to Yellowstone park opening Monday Update 8:10 p.m. EDT May 28: Montana’s three entrances to Yellowstone National Park will reopen to visitors Monday, as the state moves to its second phase of restarting the economy after shutdowns because of the coronavirus. Parts of Glacier National Park could open in mid-June, Gov. Steve Bullock added Thursday, but a specific day has not been set. The West Yellowstone, Gardiner and Cooke City entrances to Yellowstone will open two weeks after Wyoming’s entrances near Cody and Jackson. The park, famous for its geysers and bison, remains open for day use only. No overnight accommodations are available, and large tour buses aren’t allowed yet, park Superintendent Cam Sholly said. Park employees won’t be policing visitors’ compliance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines such as social distancing and wearing masks, Sholly said Thursday. “We have to have the respect of the public to adhere to health guidelines,” he said. The opening of Yellowstone remains a gradual one. Limited overnight facilities, such as cabins and campgrounds, will begin reopening later in June, Sholly said. The Montana gates will reopen at 10 a.m. Monday. Hurricane season to be challenging amid pandemic Update 7:35 p.m. EDT May 28: Emergency management officials briefed President Donald Trump Thursday about the challenges of preparing for what is expected to be an above-average hurricane season amidst a coronavirus pandemic. During an Oval Office meeting, officials reported that the Atlantic hurricane season is expected to have 13 to 19 named storms and six to 10 of those storms could develop into hurricanes. Vice President Mike Pence says that when people are displaced by tropical storms or hurricanes, they are used to congregating at local schools or gyms. He says there will be “different challenges now” and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided recommendations to local and state officials on how to respond to natural disasters during a pandemic. Recommendations include encouraging evacuees to plan on staying with friends and families rather than end up in shelters. In a NY state of mind, Guetta readies virus relief concert Update 6:45 p.m. EDT May 28: When hundreds of artists started singing from their living rooms when the coronavirus pandemic hit, Grammy-winning DJ-producer David Guetta still wanted to perform in front of a live audience. So the hitmaker set up shop in front of a 205-foot pool at the Icon Brickell in downtown Miami, performing for 90 minutes as 8,000 locals danced along from their balconies during the feel-good moment last month. Now, he’s launching his second United At Home event at an undisclosed location in New York on Saturday to connect with fans and raise money for health care workers and virus relief efforts. “A lot of artists, especially DJs, were doing performances from their bedrooms. I felt like that was a little bit frustrating. I really wanted to feel like I have a crowd,” Guetta said in an interview with The Associated Press this week. “So, I had the idea of doing this in the middle of towers and people were on the balconies and that was absolutely amazing.” Job losses continue to mount in US despite reopenings Update 5:50 p.m. EDT May 28: The coronavirus crisis threw at least 2.1 million Americans out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, stoking fears Thursday that the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the U.S. economy. Amid a few glimmers of hope, most of the latest economic news from around the globe was likewise grim, as some of the world’s most populous countries continued to report rising infections and deaths. The confirmed U.S. death toll topped 100,000, the highest in the world, on Wednesday. The latest job-loss figures from the U.S. Labor Department bring to 41 million the running total of Americans who have filed for unemployment benefits since the coronavirus shutdowns took hold in mid-March. There were some encouraging signs: The overall number of Americans currently drawing jobless benefits dropped for the first time since the crisis began, from 25 million to 21 million. And first-time applications for unemployment have fallen for eight straight weeks, as states gradually let stores, restaurants and other businesses reopen and the auto industry starts up factories again. But the number of U.S. workers filing for unemployment is still extraordinarily high by historical standards, and that suggests businesses are failing or permanently downsizing, not just laying off people until the crisis can pass, economists warn. “That is the kind of economic destruction you cannot quickly put back in the bottle,” said Adam Ozimek, chief economist at Upwork. Mitch McConnell says wearing masks is important Update 4:55 p.m. EDT May 28: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday preached the importance of wearing masks in public as the nation’s economy reopens from the “cataclysmic” damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. During a tour of hospitals in his home state of Kentucky, the Republican leader stressed wearing masks in public and following social distancing guidelines. “There should be no stigma attached to wearing a mask,” McConnell said during an appearance Thursday in Owensboro. “And even among age groups that are least likely to either contract this disease or die from it, you could be a carrier. So I think what we all need to do is say, ‘OK, I’m going to take responsibility not only for myself but for others.’” McConnell, who is in his late 70s and is in the midst of his own re-election campaign, has worn masks at his appearances. On Thursday, he stuffed the face covering into his coat jacket to speak, then donned it again afterward. President Donald Trump has refused to wear face coverings. Manw coronavirus epidemic, some two weeks ago. The country has been gradually lifting virus restrictions as the number of new cases fell to none or one or two daily. Ohio to allow for outdoor visitations at some assisted living facilities Update 3:45 p.m. EDT May 28: Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio on Thursday announced that, beginning next month, assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilities in the state will be allowed to resume outdoor visitations, WHIO-TV reported. The governor also announced guidance for county fairs and said he plans to release information about the reopening of amusement parks and zoos next week, according to WHIO-TV. >> Read more on WHIO.com Florida’s Pulse nightclub holding virtual ceremony to remember victims of 2016 mass shooting Update 3:35 p.m. EDT May 28: Officials said Thursday that Pulse nightclub will hold its annual ceremony to remember the 49 people killed at the club in one of the nation’s worst mass shootings online next month due to the coronavirus pandemic, WFTV reported. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. local time June 12 on Facebook and YouTube, according to WFTV. The ceremony will also honor survivors of the shooting and first responders. >> Read more on WFTV.com Businesses to face fines of $10K or more if they violate Washington state’s Safe Start plan Update 3 p.m. EDT May 28: Businesses in Washington that stay open or operate in violation of Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order and Safe Start plan could face fines of $10,000 or more, KIRO-TV reported, citing new emergency rules filed Wednesday by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. The rules allow the Department of Labor & Industries to cite businesses for being open or for operating in a way that is “purposely defying the phased-in approach and, as a result, putting their workers at risk,” officials said. >> Read more on KIRO7.com 2020 Boston Marathon canceled Update 2:55 p.m. EDT May 28: Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston announced Thursday that the Boston Marathon has been canceled for this year, WFXT reported. The mayor had previously announced that the marathon would be postponed until September 14, according to WFXT. However, he said Thursday that it “became increasingly clear” that the planned date was no longer feasible. Instead, organizers plan to hold a virtual marathon, WFXT reported. >> Read more on Boston25News.com NY Gov. Cuomo to issue executive order allowing businesses to deny service to maskless customers Update 2:20 p.m. EDT May 28: Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said Thursday that he plans to issue an executive order allowing businesses to deny service to customers who decline to wear masks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We are giving the store owners the right to say, ‘If you are not wearing a mask, you can’t come in,’” Cuomo said during a news conference. “That store owner has the right to protect himself.” 1,261 new cases of COVID-19 reported in New Jersey Update 1:40 p.m. EDT May 28: Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey said Thursday that 1,261 new coronavirus infections have been reported, raising the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 157,815. On social media, the governor noted that the number of new cases, new deaths and hospitalized patients reported statewide continued to fall. However, he urged people to continue to practice social distancing measures. “We’re not out of the woods,” he wrote. Officials also reported 66 more deaths associated with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Thursday, 11,401 people have died statewide of COVID-19. Coronavirus restrictions eased on Long Island, continued in New York City Update 1:15 p.m. EDT May 28: The easing of some coronavirus restrictions Wednesday on Long Island left New York City as the only part of the hardest-hit U.S. state that has yet to begin the process of reopening the economy. The sprawling suburbs of Nassau and Suffolk counties, where the virus has killed at least 4,000 people, won approval Tuesday from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to gradually restart construction, manufacturing, agriculture and retail activity two months after nonessential business ceased. The Democratic governor also lobbied President Donald Trump in Washington for help with massive New York City transportation projects — including train tunnels, a subway expansion and an airport rail link — and accused top Republicans who oppose more aid of “abusing” states, such as New York, that suffered heavy coronavirus losses. The projects require some federal funding or approval. Cuomo said he and the Republican president, who are often at odds, will talk again next week. 1,887 new coronavirus infections reported in the UK Update 12:10 p.m. EDT May 28: Officials in the United Kingdom reported 1,887 new coronavirus infections Thursday morning, raising the country’s total number of infections to 269,127. Officials said that as of 5 p.m. local time Wednesday, the most recent date for which data was available, 37,837 people had died nationwide of COVID-19. 74 new fatal coronavirus cases reported in New York Update 11:40 a.m. EDT May 28: Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said Thursday that 74 more people have died of COVID-19 statewide. The number of new fatal cases reported one day earlier was also 74. The governor said Thursday at a news conference that key indicators of the coronavirus pandemic continued to fall across the board. “The total number of hospitalizations are down. The rolling total is down,” Cuomo said. “The change in intubations -- the number of people put on ventilators -- is down, and that’s good.” COVID-19 hospitalizations in North Carolina reach single-day high for second straight day Update 11:35 a.m. EDT May 28: Health officials in North Carolina reported the state’s highest single-day number of hospitalizations connected to the coronavirus pandemic for a second straight day Thursday, WSOC-TV reported. Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said 708 people were hospitalized due to severe complications associated with the novel coronavirus. Officials said that 29% of the state’s 19,048 in-patient beds and 22% percent of its 3,223 intensive care unit beds remained open Thursday. Officials have reported 25,412 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina. Nearly 830 people statewide have died of coronavirus infections, WSOC-TV reported. >> Read more on WSOCTV.com Study: 5-day course of remdesivir as effective at treating COVID-19 as 10-day course Update 11:20 a.m. EDT May 28: A study published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine found no major differences between the recoveries of COVID-19 patients who took a five-day course of remdesivir and patients who took a 10-day course of the experimental drug. Dr. Francisco Marty, an associate physician at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, worked on the study, according to WFXT. “People were counting on 10 days of treatment per patient for the supply that’s available,” Marty told WFXT. “Now I think with confidence we can say, five days is enough, so now you have twice as many treatment courses.” >> Read more on Boston25News.com Sen. Tim Kaine says he’s tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies Update 11 a.m. EDT May 28: Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said Thursday that he and his wife, Anne, have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. Kaine said he tested positive earlier this year for the flu but that even after getting medication to treat the illness, his symptoms lingered. At the end of March, Kaine said he 'experienced new symptoms that I initially thought were flu remnants and a reaction to the unusually high spring pollen count.” He and his wife spoke to their health care providers in early April after she also began to feel ill. “They thought it possible that we had mild cases of coronavirus,” Kaine said. “Due to the national testing shortage, we were not tested for the virus but continued isolating and watched for any worsening of symptoms. By mid-April we were symptom free.' He said he and his wife got positive results from a coronavirus antibody test this month. “While those antibodies could make us less likely to be re-infected or infect others, there is still too much uncertainty over what protection antibodies may actually provide,” he said. 'So we will keep following CDC guideline s —hand-washing, mask wearing, social distancing. We encourage others to do so as well. It shows those around you that you care about them.” 86 new cases of COVID-19 reported in DC Update 10:45 a.m. EDT May 28: Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C. said Thursday that 86 new coronavirus infections have been reported in the area, raising the total number of cases in the area to 8,492. Bowser also announced eight more people between the ages of 37 and 96 had died of COVID-19 in Washington D.C., bringing the total number of deaths in the District to 453. Wall Street opens modestly higher, extending recent gains Update 10 a.m. EDT May 28: Stocks are opening slightly higher Thursday on Wall Street, extending recent gains that brought the S&P 500 back above 3,000 for the first time since March. The benchmark index was up about 0.1% in the first few minutes of trading Thursday. Health care companies and makers of consumer products were among the biggest winners in early trading. The modest gains came even as more dire reports on the economy came in, including another 2.1 million claims for unemployment benefits. Twitter fell as President Donald Trump prepared to sign an executive aimed at curbing liability protections for social media companies. Trump shares sympathies after more than 100,000 Americans die of COVID-19 Update 9:50 a.m. EDT May 28: President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to remember the more than 100,000 Americans who have died after contracting coronavirus infections. The president called the death toll “a very sad milestone.” “To all of the families (and) friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy (and) love for everything that these great people stood for (and) represent,” Trump wrote. “God be with you!” The United States has lost more people to the coronavirus pandemic than any other country in the world. Health officials in the country with the second-most number of fatal COVID-19 cases, the United Kingdom, said Wednesday that 37,460 people have died of the viral infection. 41 million Americans have lost jobs since virus hit Update 8:40 a.m. EDT May 28: Roughly 2.1 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign that companies are still slashing jobs in the face of a deep recession even as more businesses reopen and rehire some laid-off employees. About 41 million people have now applied for aid since the virus outbreak intensified in March, though not all of them are still unemployed. The Labor Department’s report Thursday includes a count of all the people now receiving unemployment aid: 21 million. That is a rough measure of the number of unemployed Americans. The national jobless rate was 14.7% in April, the highest since the Great Depression, and many economists expect it will near 20% in May. LA sues wellness company, alleging ‘sophisticated’ fraud via ‘at-home’ COVID-19 testing kits Update 7:29 a.m. EDT May 28: The city of Los Angeles is suing Wellness Matrix Group for what it called a “sophisticated” and “wide ranging” scheme to defraud people concerned about their risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, NPR reported. The suit contends the California-based company sold “at-home” coronavirus tests it claimed falsely were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The company also sold a supposedly coronavirus-killing “virucide,” claiming that the product could 'build a force field around your event or even spray your entire city,” NPR reported. L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer accused the company of “shockingly deceptive conduct” that included attaching “false government registration numbers to these products and fabricated phony scientific studies and white papers to substantiate their false claims,” the news outlet reported. NBA eyes ‘bubble’ to house select family members when season resumes Update 6:58 a.m. EDT May 28: The National Basketball Association and its players’ association are working to craft a plan that will allow select family members to stay in a “bubble” with the teams once the season resumes. The bubble refers to a proposed enclosed environment in which all dwellers live, practice and play games, CNN reported. The discussions come days after the network confirmed the league and players’ association are in talks with Disney to hold the rest of the season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. Google alerts nearly 2K users hackers posing as WHO targeted them in April Update 6:22 a.m. EDT May 28: Google sent 1,755 warnings to users who were targeted by government-backed hackers in April, according to a Wednesday blog post. The majority of the hacking and phishing schemes Google detected preyed on public fear of the novel coronavirus and lured users into disclosing personal information. The ruses included the creation of spoof email accounts purporting to be the World Health Organization. The ploys typically asked users to sign up for coronavirus updates, but the goal was to mine the information provided for passwords and other private data, The Washington Post reported. Business leaders in the United States, Slovenia, Canada, India, Bahrain, Cyprus and the United Kingdom were the most common targets of the phishing campaigns, the company said in its post. South Korea closing public facilities in Seoul in bid to stop potential COVID-19 outbreak Update 5:55 a.m. EDT May 28: Beginning Friday, South Korea will close all public facilities in Seoul and the surrounding metropolitan area following detection of a novel coronavirus cluster at a logistics center near the South Korean capital, CNN reported. Specifically, government-operated parks and retreat facilities as well as art galleries, museum and theaters will be shuttered until June 14, with all government-hosted events either postponed or canceled, the network reported citing Health Minister Park Neung-hoo. Meanwhile, Park also advised private businesses to follow suit and said residents should refrain from going outdoors or hosting public gatherings until June 14. To date, South Korea has confirmed 11,344 COVID-19 cases, resulting in 269 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. The nation recorded Wednesday its highest spike in new infections since April 5 with 79 new cases, 54 of which have been linked to a logistics center in Bucheon, located about 25 miles from Seoul. To date, 82 cases have been linked to the logistics center cluster, CNN reported. Global coronavirus deaths surpass 356K, worldwide cases top 5.7M Update 4:51 a.m. EDT May 28: The global count of novel coronavirus cases surpassed 5.7 million early Thursday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. In the four months since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected at least 5,707,163 people worldwide, resulting in at least 356,042 deaths.  Brazil records more than 20K coronavirus cases, 1K deaths in a single day Update 3:47 a.m. EDT May 28: Brazil added another 1,086 coronavirus-related deaths during the past 24 hours bringing its nationwide death toll to 25,598, the nation’s health ministry reported Wednesday. The latest figures, which added 20,599 new cases in one day, bring Brazil’s total number of confirmed infections to 411,821, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. Brazil trails only the United States for the most confirmed cases. American Airlines slashing management, support staff by 30% Update 2:16 a.m. EDT May 28: The ongoing stress caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to pummel the airline industry with one of the United States’ largest carriers telling employees Wednesday that steeper cuts yet are on the way. Elise Eberwein, American Airlines executive vice president of people and global engagement, said in a letter to employees that “fleet retirement accelerations are underway, and we will fly roughly 100 fewer aircraft next summer — mostly widebodies — than we had originally planned.” “Additionally, running a smaller airline means we will need a management and support staff team that is roughly 30% leaner,” Eberwein added. According to The Washington Post, the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline had already reduced its carrying capacity and nearly 39,000 employees have taken either voluntary leave or early retirement. Meanwhile, Eberwein asked any willing employees to leave their jobs voluntarily by June 10, but she also noted that if voluntary departures do not result in the needed 30% reduction in staff, layoffs will be the next step, the Post reported. “There is no doubt this is going to be a painful time for all, especially for our departing colleagues, who have given American Airlines their all and are leaving through no fault of their own,” Eberwein wrote in the letter. “They deserve our respect and gratitude.” US coronavirus cases approach 1.7M, deaths climb past 100K Update 12:44 a.m. EDT May 28: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States surged toward 1.7 million early Thursday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,699,933 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 100,442 deaths.  The hardest-hit states remain New York with 364,965 cases and 29,484 deaths and New Jersey with 156,628 cases and 11,339 deaths. Massachusetts, with 94,220 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 6,547, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 114,306. Only 16 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 6,000 cases each. Five other states have now confirmed at least 52,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 101,807 cases, resulting in 3,919 deaths • Pennsylvania: 73,557 cases, resulting in 5,265 deaths • Texas: 58,542 cases, resulting in 1,581 deaths • Michigan: 55,608 cases, resulting in 5,334 deaths • Florida: 52,634 cases, resulting in 2,319 deaths Meanwhile, Maryland, Georgia, Connecticut and Virginia each has confirmed at least 40,000 cases; Louisiana, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 32,000 cases; North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington each has confirmed at least 20,000 cases, followed by Iowa with 18,369 and Arizona with 17,318; Wisconsin and Alabama each has confirmed at least 16,000 cases; Rhode Island and Mississippi each has confirmed at least 15,000 cases; Nebraska and Missouri each has confirmed at least 12,000 cases, followed by South Carolina with 10,623; Kansas, Delaware and Kentucky each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; Utah, the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases, followed by New Mexico with 7,252; Arkansas and Oklahoma each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  •  An enterprising company in Texas is bringing ice-cold margaritas to doorsteps in San Antonio. La Gloria launched its first La Gloria Margarita home delivery truck Thursday. A bright pink truck will take taco kits, chips and salsa and margaritas to anywhere 3 miles from the restaurant. The COVID-19 pandemic has kept from dine in restaurants and shifted the focus to food delivery. Chef Johnny Hernandez hopes that his service will not only provide a way to social distance a bit longer but will help his business recover from this change. 'Our Margarita Trucks are another fun and creative way to adapt to the ever-changing business landscape. Today, safety is top of mind for everyone, and many of our customers are simply not ready to dine out; however, we know that doesn’t mean they don’t crave one of our famous margaritas. Delivering to our customers’ homes does not only make enjoying our signature margaritas safer and more convenient, but this new avenue of serving our customers also helps to rebuild our business in turn allowing us to hire back more members of our team,” Hernandez told KSAT. Additional trucks will be added to the fleet in June, according to San Antonio Magazine. All orders must be placed online in advance and the company can also fulfill next-day orders. Currently there is a $40 minimum purchase and a $5 delivery charge. Unfortunately, in-person orders are not allowed.
  • A Newnan man is accused of an afternoon crime spree that involved stealing his ex-wife’s car and causing two wrecks, authorities said. Carlos J. Dejesus-Hernandez, 56, faces 10 charges after the incident last Friday, according to the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. His ex-wife accused him of taking the keys in January and waiting until last week to steal her 2019 Chevrolet Malibu. About 2 p.m., a deputy was waved down after a hit-and-run at the intersection of Bullsboro Drive and Celebrate Life Parkway, according to an incident report obtained by AJC.com. The victim said she was slowing down for a red light when her car was rear-ended by a sedan. The driver, later identified as Dejesus-Hernandez, yelled at the woman after the incident and drove off, the report said. An off-duty Union City police officer also happened to be in the area, and he corroborated the woman’s story. While at the scene, the deputy learned that Newnan police were at another hit-and-run scene two traffic lights away, the report said. No one was seriously injured in any of the wrecks. Simultaneously, another deputy was speaking to Dejesus-Hernandez’s ex-wife about her missing vehicle. She said she had a protective order against Dejesus-Hernandez and told deputies where he lived. Authorities realized that all three incidents were connected and went to Dejesus-Hernandez’s house off Lake Shore Drive, the report said. The damaged Chevrolet was outside the home. Authorities arrested Dejesus-Hernandez on counts of aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, leaving the scene of an accident, theft by taking, obstruction, driving on a suspended license and following too closely, jail records show. He was booked into the Coweta County jail, where he remains without bond. You may find this story and more at AJC.com. In other news: