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The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a civil rights leader who helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, has died at 98.

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I was barely in high school when I saw the trailer for Contagion. My family and I were at the Starlight Drive-In watching a movie I wish I can remember. The only thing I can recall from that night was Gwenyth Paltrow convulsing on the floor and the quick reveal of several people who fell sick from a deadly pathogen. 

I’ll never forget the panic attack that followed. With a wet face and snotty nose, my breath hitched as I tried to explain to my parents how afraid I felt. I don’t want to get sick and die. I don’t want you to get sick and die. I don’t want to see anyone get sick and die.

Augusta University

Students at the Medical College of Georgia are starting a new course Monday on pandemic medicine. 


Liz Fabian

Two Wesleyan College students from China are seeing the worst and best of human behavior amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The young women were out shopping at a local store when they were singled out and harassed.

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. 

Atlanta Beltline CEO Clyde Higgs speaks with GPB's All Things Considered host Rickey Bevington about best practices to stay safe if you must go out to locations like the BeltLine and other outdoor green spaces.

Dani Andujo, Love Beyond Walls

As the coronavirus pandemic has hit Georgia, many nonprofits and community organizations have had to reevaluate how to best support vulnerable populations through the outbreak.

One such organization is Love Beyond Walls, which focuses on supporting the homeless population in metro Atlanta throughout the year. But with the growing threat of coronavirus, Terrence Lester, founder and executive director of the nonprofit, had to quickly pull together a plan to address new and critical needs in the communities they serve. 


  • House Speaker Ralston Says Statewide Lockdown Needed To Prevent Spread of COVID-19
  • Georgia National Guard Deployed To Support Medical Staff
  • Albany Hospital At Center Of Coronavirus Outbreak At Capacity


Photo by Glenny Brown

Chase and Ellen Brown were set to get married Saturday, March 28 in Savannah. But then, the rapid spread of the coronavirus across Georgia and the nation threatened to jeopardize their nuptials. 

The big day they had been planning since last April was quickly looking less likely to happen.


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State House  Speaker David Ralston joined our panel to discuss the latest news surrounding coronavirus in Georgia, including his recent request to postpone the May 19 primary elections in order to avoid potential disruption of voting Friday on Political Rewind.

We spoke about how the shutdown of many businesses and a steep decline in revenues could impact the state budget.


Atlanta Opera costume shop employees begin making masks for healthcare workers.
The Atlanta Opera

Performances may have been canceled, but the Atlanta arts community isn’t sitting idly at home during the pandemic. 

 

The Atlanta Opera and the Alliance Theatre have both started using their unique resources and talents to make face masks for local healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus. 

Photo by Emilia Brock

A few weeks ago, screen time was blamed for keeping us apart. Now that millions of people are sequestered in our homes, our screens are bringing us together. Americans are finding new ways to find connection, community and relief from home.

Two Atlanta-based arts critics and writers, Jason Evans and Kelundra Smith, joined On Second Thought to share some reflections on the new age of streaming amid coronavirus, and recommendations of what to do for "quarantainment."


While online scams are always a danger, malware attacks and phishing schemes have found a new opportunity with coronavirus. Millions of Americans are now working and learning from home, without the protections — or IT help — found in most offices and schools. And in some countries, the virus has upped the ante on government surveillance of online activity. Alfred Ng, senior reporter at CNET News, and Brendan Saltaformaggio, assistant professor at Georgia Tech, talk about the concerns around data privacy and security that have developed alongside the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

 


John Minchillo / AP Photo

While online scams are always a danger, malware and phishing attacks have skyrocketed in the past two weeks. Many of these schemes have found new opportunities through the growing fear and concern over coronavirus. And now, millions of Americans are working and learning from home to help halt the spread of the disease — and find themselves without the protections (or IT help) found in most offices and schools. 

And in some countries, the virus has upped the ante on government surveillance of online activity. 


Georgia Statewide Town Hall

In an unprecedented statewide televised town hall Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp explained his rationale for holding off on a statewide lockdown while urging Georgians to stay at home and follow social distancing guidelines to stop the virus’ spread.

Meanwhile, an outbreak in southwest Georgia is straining the community’s health care system and accounts for 10% of cases and 20% of deaths in the state.

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As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to grow in Georgia, mayors across the state are enacting measures to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19.


Georgia Aquarium

As the state shelters for another week, some puppies got to roam around the empty Georgia Aquarium Thursday for the first time.

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. 

GPB Lawmakers host Donna Lowry spoke with Dr. Sally Goza, the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, about the stresses of being at home with family for long periods of time.

  • Georgia Unemployment Claims Double Amid Coronavirus Shutdowns
  • Kemp Orders K-12 Public Schools Closed Until April 24
  • Georgia Municipal Association Urges Cities To Be More Proactive To Curb Coronavirus


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New claims for unemployment in Georgia have more than doubled as businesses shut down amid coronavirus fears, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.


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There is an increased risk of parents and families letting children use public playground equipment right now, a Georgia pediatric medical director warns as public parks and playgrounds stay open around the state, even as bars and restaurants close amid coronavirus fears.

Geoff Johnson

Local bars and restaurants are closed, music halls are shut down as Georgians are instructed to stay home during the coronavirus outbreak. Artists, with no live audiences, are taking to social media and online streaming platforms to bring fans in-home entertainment.

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Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered the state's public school system to remain closed through April 24 out of concern for the spread of coronavirus. 

In an executive order, Kemp said that further action was needed to slow COVID-19's spread through the state. All public K-12 schools will be closed until April 24, 2020, with limited exceptions, such as meal preparation and distribution or other necessary functions.

Mike Stewart / AP

Thursday on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp is preparing for a 8 p.m. live televised town hall meeting on the coronavirus that will be carried by TV and radio stations across the state.

Among other things, the governor is expected to address an extension of his order closing Georgia schools and colleges. And, the surge of COVID-19 cases in Albany continues to test that community’s resources.


Buford head baseball coach Stuart Chester

Many of the teens on Buford High School's baseball team have been swinging a bat since they were toddlers, fielding ground balls since elementary school. Now it's senior year and the seniors are trying to catch the attention of scouts. 

Before the Coronavirus pandemic upended Buford’s baseball season, the Buford Wolves record was 10-2, they were one of the top teams in the state and poised to make another state championship run this year.

Vincent Hancock

Vincent Hancock, Georgia’s famed skeet shooting gold medalist, is still training for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics even though the games have been postponed. The gold medalist told GPB News he has been smiling since qualifying for the Olympic team trials two weeks ago and isn’t worried about the changes to the competition.

Still, Hancock’s disappointed.

Phoebe Putney Health System

Some people are waiting over a week to get test results for COVID-19, hospitals around the state are already approaching maximum capacity of intensive care beds and the number of Georgians impacted by the virus grows daily.

As of 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, there are 1,643 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in over 100 of Georgia’s 159 counties with 56 reported deaths. Nearly 9,000 tests have been performed by state and commercial labs. The state also says 509 people are hospitalized, a newly-reported measure of the virus' severity.

Here is the latest coronavirus news from Georgia for Thursday, March 26, 2020.

GPB

As efforts to contain the coronavirus continue to ramp up across the country, rumors and false information also continue to spread. In an effort to separate the falsehoods and half-truths from the facts, we have started a new column True or False: Coronavirus to address some of the most pressing questions and concerns.

GPB

Teachers in Georgia are firing up laptops and turning their homes into virtual classrooms as schools statewide remain closed amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

There are challenges with digital learning for both children and parents still adjusting to this new reality. 


State Rep. Matt Gurtler on the floor of the Georgia House during the debate over the budget.
House Media Services

As Georgia gun sales surge in Georgia due to worries over the coronavirus, Georgia state Rep. Matt Gurtler, R-Tiger, wants to make sure people can carry weapons -- concealed or open -- without fear of arrest.

 

"It's imperative that we suspend the enforcement of those weapons licenses," Gurtler said.

 

How To Keep The Workplace Safe Amid The Coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020
Jessica Gurell

To reduce the impact of COVID-19, it is important for employers to care for businesses, workers, customers, and the general public in this trying time.  

“Employers who have not prepared for pandemic events should prepare themselves and their workers as far in advance as possible of potentially worsening outbreak conditions,” wrote the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a published resource guide.

Workers Who May Have Exposure Risk

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