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Kim Wolf cannot see her grandmother in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic. After canceling a trip to Maryland to see her, Wolf sought another way to spend time with her.

Wolf is pursuing master’s degrees in social work and public health at the University of Georgia. She has spent more than 15 years working with older adults and their caregivers, and an idea to visit her grandma came from a Zoom meeting with one of her patients.

While she was in the middle of her virtual meeting, Wolf’s pit bull, Rosalynn Carter, hopped on her lap for some attention.

2020 Graduates Doing Things Differently During A Pandemic

May 21, 2020
Josephine Bennett

Many 2020 graduates have been forced to forego the usual celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

They won't take the traditional walk across the stage or move the tassels on their graduation caps from one side to the other in front of a cheering crowd because such gatherings are deemed unsafe and could spread COVID-19.

Ross Terrell / GPB News

A lawsuit has been filed by employees of a distribution center in Lithia Springs and a medical sterilization plant in Cobb County.

Sam Bermas-Dawes / GPB News

Thursday on Political Rewind, how do we grieve a loved one in the isolation brought on by the pandemic? 

Today, a personal story of dealing with loss in these times.


Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia's COVID-19 data dashboard is an important tool to understand how the virus has spread, but several high-profile errors and choices about how information is presented has raised questions over its usefulness.
 


David Goldman/AP

The number of initial unemployment claims has reached another all-time high, with April’s total surpassing the number of claims reached in the past four years combined, officials said Thursday.

Last month’s increase for the unemployment rate was the largest on record, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said.

Emory University

Patients with COVID-19 start developing "virus-neutralizing" antibodies within six days of testing positive, researchers say.

This means donated plasma from survivors might save lives, Dr. Mehul Suthar with Emory University School of Medicine said.

MomoCon / Facebook

MomoCon, one of Georgia's biggest fandom and gaming conventions, will be held completely online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic starting Thursday, May 21.

Richard Seay/The Telegraph

 Little Richard has been laid to rest at his alma mater in north Alabama. Mourners, many wearing masks, remembered the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who died earlier this month at 87, but speakers focused not on his musical achievements but his character.

Grant Blankenship / GPB

Last week, in defending his decision to allow Georgia’s economy to reopen, Gov. Brian Kemp cited some milestones: Reductions in hospitalizations, ventilator use… and one other.

“And the percentage of positive cases continues to drop,” Kemp said from his now familiar press conference spot at the foot of the stairs in the Capitol rotunda.

But changes in how different types of coronavirus tests are recorded in the state have given the percentage of positive cases an unearned cushion of up to 3%.


Riddell via AP

With an eye toward getting back on the field, the NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same protection as a surgical mask. 

Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay says the issue came up about a month ago during a conference call with the league’s competition committee. Many players already wear visors to protect their eyes. McKay says the new mask would cover even more of the face.


Jacob Allen

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Jacob Allen didn't go to many concerts. Now, he's being credited for helping to save the world's music scene.

After holding its first in-person public meeting in more than two months, a councilman tested positive for COVID-19.

The Chamblee City Council held its first in-person public meeting at the Chamblee Civic Center on May 14. Three days later, Councilman Brian Mock tested positive for the virus.

Liz Fabian

With the state of Georgia battling a deadly pandemic, cutting funding for public health is untenable, say members of the Macon-Bibb County Board of Health.

Gov. Brian Kemp calls for a 14% reduction in state spending across the board.

Monday, during the health board’s monthly meeting, members present unanimously agreed to draft a stern letter to the governor and health commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey stressing the critical need for budget increases, not cuts.

Jade Abdul-Malik / GPB News

The effects of the coronavirus across the state are far reaching. Aside from the obvious impacts to health, COVID-19 is touching nearly every part of the economy, including agriculture.

 

Cotton and peanut farmers in southern Georgia are experiencing unique challenges in production and distribution of their crops

GLYNN COUNTY JAIL

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at the home of Gregory and Travis McMichael Tuesday evening, the agency confirmed.

A statement Wednesday did not provide further details, saying only that the search was part of the Ahmaud Arbery murder investigation and that the case is active and ongoing.

Elijah Nouvelage / AP

Over the past few weeks, states have slowly begun lifting some restrictions imposed by the spread of COVID-19. They are following the lead set by Georgia, which re-opened last month. 

 

 


GPB News

Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact.

Explaining a pandemic to kids can be tough. A new children’s book called Together: Living Life During COVID-19 aims to help. The story received an honorable mention in a children’s book competition put on by Emory University’s Global Health Institute.

GPB's Virginia Prescott talks with author Kevin Poplawski and illustrator Michael Rausch.

Sam Bermas-Dawes / GPB News

Wednesday on Political Rewind, critics said Gov. Brian Kemp took a big risk in beginning to open the state’s economy earlier than was safe. As the lessening of restrictions has begun, is his decision paying-off? Or could it simply be too early to tell?

We took a look at the impact of the governor’s decision with our panel of political insiders.


Georgia Secretary of State's Office

The McDuffie County elections office will be short-staffed for the next several days as they process a record number of absentee ballots after two staffers tested positive for COVID-19. No poll workers or voters have reportedly been affected.

Phyllis Wheeler, elections supervisor in McDuffie County outside Augusta, said her absentee ballot clerk and front desk clerk have the virus, and said in a phone interview that she herself was tested Wednesday morning.

Explore Georgia

Some businesses may have reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic, but strict policies and social distancing is still in effect for Georgians. That’s why the Explore Georgia from Home campaign created opportunities for families to explore the peach state from home.

John Amis / AP

U.S. Rep Henry “Hank” Johnson walked away from all drugs and alcohol more than 25 years ago, he shared for the first time with GPB News in an exclusive interview.

“I don't drink, I don't smoke. I don't do anything that hurts my body,” Johnson said. “And that has not always been the case.”

CDC

As state health officials report the lowest number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Georgia since April 8, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions against gathering in large groups because of the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission.

A gathering of 92 people in a small church led to 35 cases of COVID-19 and three deaths, the CDC said Tuesday, and a church in northeast Georgia that returned to in-person services at the end of April closed again last week for "the foreseeable future" after several families contracted the virus, church representative Joan Lewis told The Christian Post on Monday.

Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft is opening a new facility next year that will create 1,500 new high-tech jobs in Atlanta, the governor's office said in a statement.

The $75 million investment would strengthen both Georgia's and Microsoft's roles in the innovation of new technology, Gov. Brian Kemp said.

"I am confident that our top-notch tech talent and education pipeline will continue to be an asset to Microsoft," Kemp said. "We are laser-focused on providing high-quality jobs for hardworking Georgians, and I thank Microsoft for our growing partnership."


Mike Stewart/AP

Morehouse College will furlough employees, cut jobs and slash salaries to offset the impacts of COVID-19, officials said Monday.

In the first phase of the reduction, the historically black college or university will furlough 54 part-time and full-time employees for two months. Also, the college will terminate 13 full-time employees and cut pay for 194 full-time employees.

Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP

A representative for entertainer Ryan Seacrest has said the host did not have a stroke on Sunday night's American Idol.

Rumors and worries mounted that Seacrest, a native of Dunwoody, was experiencing some kind of medical emergency at the end of the singing competition program. The host can be seen slurring his words and squinting with one eye. 

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