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As elections officials continue preparations for Georgia’s May 19 primary, the most certain thing about the process is how uncertain things will be.

In Wisconsin Tuesday, a shortage of poll workers led to a closure of polling places in parts of the state, and social distancing stretched out the lines to the polls for blocks as officials tried to keep people safe.

It’s a preview of what is likely to come in Georgia, where (for now) early voting will begin in less than three weeks for the next statewide election, even as top lawmakers call for a postponement until June 16.


Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her husband will sell off millions of dollars of individual stocks and related stock options after a firestorm of criticism over trades made by third-party advisors amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Morry Gash / AP

Wednesday on Political Rewind, statewide elections in Wisconsin last night provide an interesting case study of elections under lockdown. How did the public health crisis surrounding COVID-19 impact elections there, and what can that tell us about Georgia’s upcoming elections just a month away? 

Our panel of political analysts looked at turnout numbers and the record number of issued absentee ballots in that state.


Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Gov. Brian Kemp and the state’s top legislative leaders will renew the state’s public health emergency for another month as Georgia begins to see a sharp uptick in cases and deaths from COVID-19.

As of noon Wednesday, April 8, there are 9,879 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 361 reported deaths in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. More than 33,000 tests have been performed by state and commercial labs. The state also says 1,980 people have been hospitalized so far.

Here is the latest coronavirus news from Georgia for Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Emily Jones / GPB News

Tybee Island was quiet Tuesday, four days into a standoff with Gov. Brian Kemp over the reopening of beaches. But local leaders were worried about what the holiday weekend will bring.

 

In an email to the Associated Press Tuesday, Kemp spokeswoman Candice Broce said the governor is “considering new options to help those communities” that have complained about the executive order that went into effect Friday.

 

Liz Fabian

NewTown Macon CEO Josh Rogers can’t stress enough the importance of small businesses reaching out online for financial assistance from government programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Just because you fill out the application doesn’t mean you have to take the money, but if you don’t apply you’ll never benefit from these programs,” Rogers told a NewTown Macon conference call Tuesday morning.

Businesses with up to 500 employees have options to help meet their bottom line after revenue has dropped substantially.

Georgie Harris

Staying home and distant from others because of the pandemic can be lonely and stressful. People are finding lots of ways to cope, including bringing home a new furry friend. Animal fostering and adoption is helping both humans and pets through the crisis.


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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. 

Daryn Kagan from DarynKagan.com is using her website to spread good news in Georgia and all across the nation during the coronavirus outbreak. She talks about the importance of positive news at this time with GPB News's Donna Lowry.

Jamie Miller

Dr. Jamie Miller of Milton knows what it's like to lose a loved one.

Her father died one week before last Thanksgiving. Though he didn't die of COVID-19 or related complications, watching his decline was excruciating and Miller said she is still struggling now. 

"I can’t help but see my father’s face on those intubated, dying people infected with COVID-19," Miller said Monday on Facebook. "It puts me right back in his hospital room, by his side, holding his hand."

"Same God" Facebook page

As coronavirus halts plans and gatherings, three people behind the documentary Same God hosted a talk-back discussion on Sunday Cinema in lieu of an Atlanta screening on Sunday to talk about faith, history and identity in the throes of a pandemic.

Bernat Armangue / AP

Tuesday on Political Rewind, we sat down with religious leaders to discuss tradition and community in a time of social distancing. How will services for upcoming religious holidays operate, and what kind of themes from the holy days are relevant to our current moment?

And, what are the challenges of organizing a faith community in a time of social distancing?


True Or False: Is Coronavirus Airborne?

Apr 7, 2020
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There is still much that is unknown about the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Scientists and researchers around the world are working to understand how it is spread, how to treat it and what we can all do to stay safe from it.

In these columns, Georgia Public Broadcasting attempts to dispel some of the most pervasive rumors and falsehoods that are spreading around the internet.

Special to GPB News

The prestigious Masters golf tournament has been rescheduled for early November because of the coronavirus, and four Georgians stuck on the Coral Princess cruise ship have returned home to Georgia.

As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, there are 9,156 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 348 reported deaths in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. More than 33,000 tests have been performed by state and commercial labs. The state also says 1,899 people have been hospitalized so far.

Here is the latest coronavirus news from Georgia for Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is struggling to deal with an influx of people seeking refuge. Hundreds of the city’s homeless are sheltering at the airport terminal on any given night, according to a recent report.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler

Four Georgians who were stranded on the Coral Princess cruise ship off the coast of Florida are self-quarantining at home now after Sen. Kelly Loeffler sent her private jet to return them to Atlanta.

State Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville), chairman of the senate appropriations committee, has died at the age of 75, according to a statement from Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan.

Born July 15, 1944, Hill was first elected to the Senate in 1990 and switched parties in 2002 after Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue was elected. He served 33 years in the Georgia Air National Guard as a unit commander and as State Inspector General.

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MomoCon, an annual gaming and pop culture convention in Atlanta, has been canceled due to lingering worries about the coronavirus pandemic.

The convention draws tens of thousands of people every year to the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.

Marquette Leggett

Since local jurisdictions and Gov. Brian Kemp enforced social distancing and shelter-in-place orders amid COVID-19, several businesses around Georgia are feeling the impact.

Instead of closing its doors indefinitely, one church opened up both their hearts and their parking lot for worship and called it "Pull Up and Praise."

 

Liu Bin/Xinhua via AP, File

 

While the focus of the COVID-19 pandemic has been on respiratory problems and securing enough ventilators, doctors on the front lines are grappling with a new medical mystery.

In addition to lung damage, many COVID-19 patients are also developing heart problems — and dying of cardiac arrest.

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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. 

Atlanta Community Food Bank CEO Kyle Waide spoke with Rickey Bevington, host of GPB's All Things Considered, about the impact COVID-19 has had on food banks and the resources available for those who need assistance.

Mark J. Terrill / AP

The Atlanta Falcons have announced their one-year agreement with running back Todd Gurley.

The framework of the $6 million deal was completed on March 20, less than 24 hours after Gurley was released by the Los Angeles Rams.  

As is the case with other free agents who have reached agreements, Gurley still awaits a physical.

Elijah Nouvelage / Invision/AP

Atlanta resident Tyler Perry not only supported one of his favorite restaurants by ordering take-out food Sunday, but he also dropped a $21,000 tip.

 

Perry's publicist confirms the entertainment giant (actor, director, studio owner/executive) left a tip while picking up his order at Houston's in the Paces Ferry Plaza located in Buckhead.

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Atlanta Humane Society’s foster puppies Odie and Carmel visiting the Georgia Aquarium were so well received, five of their kittens joined in on the fun on Monday.

The Masters

The prestigious Masters golf tournament has been rescheduled for early November, the Augusta National Golf Club announced Monday. This year’s tournament, already once rescheduled for this week, was first postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Masters have taken place in Augusta every year since 1934, but as other sports events are postponed or canceled around the world, officials have put a hold on the popular golf tournament. In the 84 years of its existence,  the tournament has only been canceled during World War II. 

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While COVID-19 continues to dominate the news cycle, we thought our listeners would enjoy a break from coronavirus headlines.

Here’s the weekly roundup of some of our favorite segments that have nothing to do with the pandemic. As always, tell us what you think, and be sure to share your favorites! You can tag us on Twitter at @OSTTalk and join and comment in our Facebook group: “GPB Radio’s On Second Thought.”

GLOBAL DETENTION PROJECT

Monday on Political Rewind, Fulton County Jail reported over a dozen COVID-19 cases in the span of a week, worrying public health officials and highlighting the risks faced by detention facilities across the state.

We were joined by Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson to discuss the unfolding situation and what steps his staff are taking to respond.


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Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Monday a new task force that will investigate allegations of fraud within the absentee voting process as more Georgians are also encouraged to vote by mail in the upcoming May 19 primary election. 

At a press conference outside of the Capitol, Raffensperger said the group would be "responsible for upholding the integrity of the vote in Georgia, whether at the ballot box or the mailbox."

Gov. Brian Kemp / Twitter

CVS Health opened a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site Monday in Atlanta that could test up to 1,000 Georgians a day and provide results in about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the state enters its first full week of a stay-at-home order, and coastal leaders are clashing with the governor’s office over access to beaches.

As of 7 p.m. Monday, April 6, there are 7,558 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 294 reported deaths in all but 5 of Georgia’s 159 counties. Over 31,000 tests have been performed by state and commercial labs. The state also says 1,393 people have been hospitalized so far.

Here is the latest coronavirus news from Georgia for Monday, April 6, 2020.

Phoebe Health

There are signs that healthcare workers in the COVID-19 hotspot in southwest Georgia are playing from a stronger hand than the one they were dealt at the start of the crisis — even if it seems clear the crisis is far from over.

Phoebe Health reported at the end of last week they had developed their own, two-hour turnaround rapid coronavirus test. They also released a patient who had at one time been on ventilator support and they had at least one day in which they released more COVID-19 patients than they admitted to the hospital.

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CVS Health on Monday opened a drive-thru coronavirus testing site on the Georgia Tech campus.

The launch of the testing site is a joint effort between the pharmacy chain, and state and federal governments in a push to open more drive-thru testing sites throughout the state. CVS opened its first drive-thru testing site March 19 in Massachusetts.

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