Coronavirus infections among salvage crew members are delaying the removal of a cargo ship that overturned on the Georgia coast 10 months ago.

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John Miller said Thursday that plans to start cutting the 656-foot ship into eight giant pieces in mid-July have been placed on hold as infected crew members are quarantined along with colleagues who may have been exposed. 

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With 82% of Georgia's critical care beds now in use, health systems across the state say they're quickly nearing capacity as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. The Albany area was one of Georgia's hardest-hit regions early on in the virus's spread.

Maria Pieras makes eye contact with her baby daughter Zoe.
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Children in Georgia and across the country are far less likely to get infected with COVID-19, a local pediatrician says.

When children do test positive for coronavirus, they tend to be less sick, Dr. Jennifer Shu said.

"They are also less likely to transmit it to other people," she said.

File image of a negative quick coronavirus test.
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A dog that tested positive for coronavirus in Georgia last week did not pass the disease to a second dog in the home,  state health officials said Thursday.

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In May, state public health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey announced plans to quadruple the number of contact tracers across the state, up to 1,000 by late June, to help stem COVID-19 infections.

Nurse Connie DeKeyzer was watching and decided to put in her application. Now, she is one of 1,225 contact tracers across the state keeping an eye on people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

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Georgia Power can recover $7.7 million it spent on COVID-19 safety expenses, but drew criticism over the message that it sends when it sticks customers with the tab.

This week’s 3-2 vote by the Georgia Public Service Commission allows the company to eventually collect the money it spent on overtime, cleaning supplies, protective gear for employees and other pandemic-related expenses.

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Coastal Georgia will likely see COVID-19 case numbers continue to increase following a busy Fourth of July holiday weekend, Coastal Health District Director Dr. Lawton Davis said Wednesday.


Because it takes time for the virus to incubate and for people to get tested, that increase will start to show up in late July and early August.

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Michael Hayes, the placekicker and punter for Georgia State's football team, doesn't know precisely where he contracted coronavirus. But he has an idea.

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After months of very gradual growth in coronavirus cases, recorded infections in Macon-Bibb County have more than doubled just in the last two weeks, according to the most recent data from the state health department.

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Whether going to a restaurant or window-shopping downtown, people will be required to wear face masks in Athens as of 8 a.m. Thursday morning, after it gets signed by the mayor. 

The Athens-Clarke County commission unanimously approved an ordinance on Tuesday night that makes masks mandatory in public spaces. 

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GPB is exploring the issues of food and hunger in Georgia during the coronavirus pandemic through a video series featuring stories of those who are being affected, and those who are trying to help.

Over 300,000 Georgia seniors live at or below the poverty line, and food insecurity and access to nutritional food has become critical during the pandemic.

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As the state of Georgia continues to see coronavirus cases rising at an alarming rate, Georgia Tech professors are continuing to speak out against the current reopening plans, saying their health and students' health must be the top priority.  

As the coronavirus infection rate in the U.S. surpasses 50,000 new cases a day, colleges and universities around the country are trying to figure out how to educate their students this fall while still keeping their campus communities safe.

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The majority of Georgia Tech professors, including some the university’s most acclaimed faculty members, have launched a revolt over reopening this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the current plan “threatens the health, well-being and education of students, staff, and faculty.”

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Less than a year ago, college football stadiums across the country were packed with tens of thousands of screaming fans, who gathered to cheer on their favorite teams.


But having live crowds during a pandemic is going to look different.  


On September 6th, Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta will play host to the annual rivalry game between two conferences made up of historically black schools. Grambling State will take on South Carolina State in the 16th annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge.



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Hundreds of Georgia health care workers are urging Gov. Brian Kemp to require people to wear face masks in public.

Doctors, nurses and nurse practicioners signed a letter to the governor, that also calls on Kemp to shut bars and nightclubs and prohibit gatherings of more than 25 people, including at houses of worship.

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Atlanta radio host and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is fighting COVID-19 in a local hospital, according to a statement on his Twitter account. 

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Mercer University is rolling out a new care package program to provide students, faculty, and staff the resources they need in order to help minimize the risk and spread of COVID-19.

The care package will include a cloth mask, bottle of hand sanitizer, digital thermometer, and a guide featuring tips for preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Students attending summer school in Macon and Atlanta will receive the first kits.



A pet dog named "Money" wearing a pet face mask poses for a photo in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, June 4, 2020.
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A pet dog in Georgia tested positive for the novel coronavirus, state health officials said.

The 6-year-old mixed breed dog's owners tested positive for COVID-19, and their dog developed what health officials called a "sudden onset of neurological illness," without any signs of respiratory disease.

A woman wearing a mask due to coronavirus concerns walks by a public library, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass.
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If you're going out to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, wear a mask. If you want to save the economy and prevent the need for shutting down the state again, wear a mask.

That was the takeaway Wednesday from top health officials at Emory who were emphatic that masks should be mandatory.

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Tired of wearing a mask in public places? Do you ever forget to take one along when you go out?

Are you weary of social distancing with friends and family members?

Is your hand-washing getting less frequent and a little less thorough?

These may be signs that weariness with COVID-19 guidelines is setting in.

This “COVID fatigue’’ is a natural response to four months of unprecedented social restrictions, experts say.


Warisara Klawkla, a daughter of teacher Watcharee Klawkla, colors a drawing made to educate children on COVID-19 prevention methods while her mother help cooking a meal at Makkasan preschool in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
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With all we don’t know about the coronavirus and keeping children safe, returning to school is much like a game of Russian roulette, some parents say.

"It's such a Catch-22 because it's Russian roulette," Meghan Roper said. "We should do what's safe, but then in another sense these kids still have to learn; these parents still have to work."

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Two central Georgia counties are experiencing “severe” coronavirus spread fueled through community transmission among the young, according to the weekly report from the North Central Health District.  
Per capita deaths in Hancock County are the highest in the state.

In Baldwin County cases have doubled over the two-week reporting period. Outbreaks in both counties began in long-term care settings like nursing homes and prisons before community spread among the young kicked into gear.

Gov. Brian Kemp shared a photo to Twitter of himself in a cloth face mask Monday, June 29, 2020.

Gov. Brian Kemp won't make face masks mandatory, but he's visiting Albany, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Savannah and Valdosta ahead of the holiday weekend to encourage everyone to heed public health advice and wear a mask to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

Kemp also extended the public health state of emergency to Aug. 11. The emergency order was set to expire at the end of this month.

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A five-day course of the antiviral drug remdesivir will cost private health insurers in the United States more than $3,000, Gilead Chairman & CEO Daniel O'Day said Monday

The Department of Health and Human Services already obtained more than 500,000 treatment courses to ensure "any American patient who needs remdesivir gets it" through September, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said.


With the state of Georgia seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, a global company with ties to Alpharetta is helping blood centers collect and distribute donated blood of coronavirus survivors to try to save as many lives as possible.

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I like to run. And bike. And go for walks.

Especially during the pandemic. It's a time I can almost forget about the novel coronavirus.

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America’s mayors have taken center stage in 2020. Big city mayors feuded with state and federal officials over COVID-19 protections and resources, and have been praised — and condemned — for their handling of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

These crises may be unfolding on a national and international scale, but affect lives in every American city and town. Outside of Atlanta’s national spotlight, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson is working to address these issues head-on.

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LaGrange, Georgia, ranks third in the nation as a COVID-19 hot spot for deaths relative to its population and fourth in the nation for cases relative to its population, according to The New York Times.

Data analysis from the newspaper showed 17 people in the last two weeks had died of coronavirus in LaGrange, a town of about 30,000 people in Troup County located about 70 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Georgians want to know how many people are getting infected with coronavirus, how many are on ventilators in intensive care units and how many are dying. But experts say the state health department is not presenting its data in a way people can easily understand.