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  • As State Deficet Looms, Georgia Lawmakers Haven't Decided When To Go Back In Session
  • Local Election Officials Across Georgia Are Deciding How To Deal With COVID19 At The Polls, Despite Lack Of Official Guidelines
  • Short-Term Vacation Rentals Set To Reopen In Georgia On Friday
  • Two Georgia Men Hospitalized After Ingesting Cleaning Products To Fight Coronavirus Infection
  • Augusta Civic Leader, Director Of The Augusta Chronicle Sissie Morris Dies At 62


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Many of the jobs at risk due to COVID-19 were already vulnerable because of advancements in automation, according to a new GSU study.

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University of Georgia students could physically return to campus this fall. The school’s president, Jere Morehead, outlined steps to reopening in an email to the UGA community.

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Georgia has surpassed 25,000 COVID-19 cases and 1,000 deaths but has tested a small fraction of the state's population. At the same time, the governor is weighing what to do with the shelter-in-place order expiring Thursday night.

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Atlanta-based rapper and actor Ludacris is collaborating with Beyond Meat to donate and distribute more than 1 million plant-based burgers over 30 days as part of the company's pledge to support those who need it most during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Wednesday on Political Rewind, our guest discusses the mental toll of COVID-19.

We're joined by Dr. Raymond Kotwicki, the chief medical officer at Skyland Trail, one of the premiere nonprofit mental health treatment centers in the Southeast.


Georgia Elections Officials Grapple With Potential COVID-19 Illness At Polls

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Georgia elections officials face a daunting question as they prepare for early voting in the June 9 primary in the midst of a global pandemic: What do they do if a voter appears ill?

“I’ve asked for guidance from the state as to what we’re supposed to do if a manager notices anyone in line with symptoms,” Fulton County Elections Director Richard Barron said at a recent elections board meeting. “I still haven’t heard back.”

GPB News and the Georgia News Lab asked dozens of county supervisors how they would handle such a situation. None reported receiving any guidance from the state elections officials as of publication, leaving local officials to determine how to balance health and safety concerns due to COVID-19 against the fundamental right to vote.

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Testing of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine has begun in volunteers in Britain, the latest in a cluster to begin early-stage studies. 

All Things Considered on GPB is bringing you voices of Georgians reflecting on what the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing means to them.

From the safety of their homes where they're sheltering in place, they're recording themselves on their phones or computers and emailing the audio to host Rickey Bevington.

Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks, a folk artist from Georgia, sends this audio postcard reflecting on how disengaging from the world can feel like disconnecting from reality.


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As social distancing continues, an old medium of storytelling is back in the spotlight: the radio drama.

David Benedict is the Atlanta resident behind Mercury: A Broadcast of Hope, a radio drama that tells the story of a college radio station during a zombie apocalypse.

Benedict's series is updated with a short, new episode each day. He said the brevity of each episode is why listeners have been eager to tune in.

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In the hours after Gov. Brian Kemp announced the plan to reopen parts of Georgia’s economy, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN’s Chris Cuomo she was “at a loss” trying to understand the governor’s decision.

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Up until now, coronavirus tests in Georgia have been reserved for the sick.  

That’s starting to change as strategically placed testing sites for people with no COVID-19 symptoms are collecting data that can help health workers leapfrog outbreaks before they happen.  

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President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday meant to stave off a shortage of chicken, pork and other meat on American supermarket shelves because of the coronavirus. 

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Tuesday on Political Rewind, small businesses weather the storm during the coronavirus crisis. How are Georgia’s stores, bars, restaurants, cinemas and bookstores handling the current situation?


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Several health agencies are partnering to fight coronavirus in Metro Atlanta.

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At least 1,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Georgia, as health officials say not enough people are taking advantage of the state’s ever-increasing capacity to perform tests.

Meanwhile, the Georgia Department of Public Health has released a new coronavirus dashboard that brings new data points into the conversation while raising more questions about the virus’ true impact.

As of Tuesday, April 28, at 7 a.m., the state has reported 1,000 deaths and 24,349 total COVID-19 cases from more than 127,000 tests performed. 4,748 people have been hospitalized, 1,073 of them in intensive care.

Here is the latest Georgia coronavirus news for Tuesday, April 28.

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A loggerhead sea turtle laid the first nest of the year on Cumberland Island over the weekend.


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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.

During President Trump’s almost daily updates to the nation on the pandemic, he’s left legal scholars and journalists discussing the limits of presidential power. Historian Kenneth C. Davis discusses the limits of presidential power in times of crisis with Political Rewind producer Sam Bermas-Dawes.

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While Georgia has expanded capacity, criteria and availability of COVID-19 testing across the state, not enough people are actually going to get tested, state officials say.   

At a Monday press conference, Gov. Brian Kemp said the state has worked with public and private partners to ramp up testing to several thousand specimens processed a day.

“We have the tests, we have the physicians, we have the sites, and we have the bandwidth… what we need now is more Georgians to participate,” Kemp said.

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Local restaurants and bowling alleys in Georgia are either celebrating a reopening Monday or letting customers know why they've chosen to stay temporarily closed now that Gov. Brian Kemp has allowed these businesses to move forward.

Before Monday, customers could support local food establishments via take-out only. That scared people like Ashley Mackay, a longtime bartender at Guston's Bar and Grille in Woodstock. At 3 p.m., she and fellow staff members propped open the front doors and welcomed regulars back to the bar.

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  • Amazon Announces Creation Of New Fullfillment Center Near Augusta

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Heat could be a key player in the fight against COVID-19.

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On this week’s return to our archives, On Second Thought is presenting some of our favorite arts and media stories. From movies to “Mobituaries,” motivate your Monday with some memorable pieces from yesteryear.

1) First, She Got Oprah's Attention. Now, She's On Netflix. What Will Kyanna Simone Simpson Do Next?

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Monday on Political Rewind, we discussed the upcoming 2020 elections, and how campaigns are handling the shelter-in-place conditions found across the state and the country.

Nearly 830,000 people have applied for absentee ballots for the 2020 combined primary so far. That represents a huge increase in applications over 2016’s primary, and reflects efforts by officials and the public to avoid the spread of coronavirus from in-person voting.


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Gov. Brian Kemp is holding a “Day of Prayer” service at the Capitol Monday as some restaurants begin to allow patrons back into their dining rooms.

Kemp will also hold a press conference at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the state’s next steps in the coronavirus pandemic, including the status of Georgia’s stay-home order set to expire April 30.

You can watch live at gpb.org/coronavirus.

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Georgia restaurants can offer dine-in service again Monday under Gov. Brian Kemp's heavily-criticized plan to ease coronavirus restrictions.


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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.

The McCrary family in Albany, Georgia, created a music video about the importance of staying at home during the pandemic for the city’s Shelter In Place Community Video Contest.

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As schools in Grady County closed temporarily amid the outbreak of the coronavirus in March, Superintendent Kermit Gilliard asked teachers to reach out to parents with four questions. 

Was there internet access in the home, they asked the parents of approximately 4,600 students in the school district. Is there a device in the home, a laptop or iPad maybe, the teachers asked in the rural county on the Florida-Georgia border. Did cell phones work at home or were they out of service range, in case the county was able to place a wi-fi hotspot nearby?  

 

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