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Testing demand straining capacity in Georgia, nationwide

Amid Georgia’s new surge in coronavirus cases, the increased demand for testing is straining the state’s infrastructure, leading to longer waits in some places and complaints from residents of delayed results. Georgia officials stress the state has the capacity to accommodate testing for all who want it, a far cry from the early weeks of the pandemic when tests were rationed. Generally, public… → Read More

Kemp pushes masks and extends state of emergency for the coronavirus

Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday extended the state’s public health emergency, certain business restrictions and his shelter-in-place order for the medically fragile amid a record spike in new cases of the coronavirus. The governor also announced Monday that he’s set to go on a statewide fly-around tour ahead of the July Fourth weekend to encourage Georgians to wear masks, but he said he doesn’t plan… → Read More

Bottoms pledges to review Atlanta police use of force as protests grow

Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday implored mayors across the country to review police use-of-force policies as protests against police brutality and racial injustice continued to grip Atlanta and cities from coast to coast. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a tweet she would accept Obama’s challenge, which came just three days after she fired two police officers for their roles… → Read More

Latest data lapse inflated Georgia’s virus test count by 57,000

After facing weeks of criticism for not being transparent with data about the coronavirus, state officials on Wednesday acknowledged that a test type that does not measure active cases inflated published test counts by 57,000, or roughly 14% of total tests to date. For weeks now, the Department of Public Health has included antibody tests, which can detect if someone once had the coronavirus,… → Read More

Patrons return as Zoo Atlanta reopens with coronavirus safeguards

Zoo Atlanta reopened Saturday for its first visitors since mid-March with new restrictions to help mitigate any potential spread of COVID-19. Patrons now enter with tickets for appointed times. Rides, playgrounds, indoor habitats, restaurants and other enclosed spaces remain closed. Pre-packaged foods are available and zoo leadership has instituted new cleaning protocols for the park and… → Read More

Coronavirus in Georgia: Malls poised to reopen as Atlantans hit parks

Sunbathers on blankets dotted the Piedmont Park meadow Sunday and some state parks were so busy that rangers would only let in one car for each vehicle that left. → Read More

COVID-19 test center to open at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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. David… → Read More

Georgia establishes new drive-through testing sites

Grim milestones near in coronavirus cases and deaths → Read More

On second day of state’s reopening plan, Georgians hit trails, gyms

The warm April sun beckoned thousands to parks across the region. Saturday also marked the second day businesses such as gyms, barber shops and hair salons, tattoo parlors and bowling alleys could open. → Read More

Georgia’s evolving testing machinery will be tested as state reopens

The success of Gov. Brian Kemp’s hotly-debated decision to begin reopening Georgia’s economy rests on whether the state can detect novel coronavirus hotspots before they flare out of control, and reliably demonstrate that it’s safe to move about. The state Department of Public Health is rapidly increasing the number of testing sites and deploying the Georgia National Guard to help build up the… → Read More

Georgia to convert Atlanta convention center to temporary hospital

The state will convert a part of the Georgia World Congress Center into a 200-bed hospital to handle an influx of coronavirus patients, Gov. Brian Kemp said Sunday. The governor said the Georgia National Guard and state health and emergency officials will work with PAE, a private contractor, to transform the downtown Atlanta facility into an emergency hospital. The sprawling complex will be used… → Read More

Congregations move to cyberspace and parking lots for worship

Any normal Palm Sunday, the congregants of Pastor Shell Osbon’s church would stroll into the sanctuary and exchange hugs and high fives. But this Sunday, the start of Christianity’s holiest week, was anything but normal. Dozens of members of Life Church Smyrna Assembly of God pulled their cars into the parking lot and never left their seats. “Hey y’all!” read a sign held by a church staffer,… → Read More

Albany hospital group posts instructions online to make masks

Georgia’s Phoebe Putney Health System, facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus, has loaded templates to make face masks online for donors locally and around the world to help the hospital group overcome a dire shortage of supplies. Phoebe Putney, which operates four hospitals in the Albany area, said Sunday it posted the instructions because the system has been flooded with offers to help… → Read More

As hospitals fight to keep up, they tell mild cases not to seek tests

Underscoring the continued challenges of widespread coronavirus testing, three of Georgia’s largest hospital systems urged people on Monday not to come to hospitals to be tested if they have mild or moderate symptoms. “Inundating hospitals and doctors’ offices for testing by patients who can be managed at home, we believe, will worsen the impact of COVID-19,” read the statement from Emory… → Read More

BREAKING: Metro Atlanta Chamber CEO Hala Moddelmog to step down

Hala Moddelmog, the first woman to serve as CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber in its 160-year history, plans to step down after six years at the helm, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Under Moddelmog, the influential business association confronted thorny social issues such as religious liberty legislation, helped rally lawmakers for new funding to address traffic congestion and… → Read More

Dog found dead at scene of Gwinnett house fire

A pet dog was found dead in a home that caught fire Sunday in Gwinnett County. → Read More

GBI investigating LaGrange homicide and officer-involved shooting

A man is dead following an overnight shooting early Monday in LaGrange. → Read More

Fort Mac agrees to buyout of former lead developer Macauley

The Fort McPherson redevelopment authority has approved a $3.5 million buyout of its former lead developer, putting an end to a more than two-year relationship that soured last year. The board of the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority approved the deal late last month with developer Stephen Macauley after months of talks. Terms were made public Thursday as part of board… → Read More

At Cobb town hall, residents call for more action on Sterigenics

Residents of Cobb and Fulton counties on Monday said they want state and federal environmental agencies to do more to ensure the safety of the air they breathe at a town hall meeting about a Smyrna plant and emissions of a carcinogenic gas known as ethylene oxide. Community groups have been outraged since July when a media report highlighted a 2018 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study that… → Read More

Atlanta mayor announces massive affordable housing 'action plan'

Atlanta mayor announces massive affordable housing 'action plan' → Read More