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A Southeast Ambulance employee arrives with a patient at PruittHealth Grandview nursing home where at least 10 patients who were previously tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 have passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Athens. The facility continues to operate at an alert code red status following enhanced infectious disease protocol despite the deaths. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia sees unemployment claims triple in virus lockdown

Apr. 9, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The number of Georgia workers seeking jobless benefits last week surged to more than 390,000, eclipsing the total number of unemployment claims the state saw in all of 2019, as efforts to contain the coronavirus batter the economy. Figures released Thursday by the Georgia Department of...

FILE - In this April 6, 2020 file photo Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference at Liberty Plaza in downtown Atlanta. By requiring Georgia voters to provide their own stamps for mail-in ballots, the state is effectively imposing a poll tax that is an unconstitutional barrier to the right to vote, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia postpones primaries again because of coronavirus

Apr. 9, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia on Thursday postponed primary elections for the second time this year because of the coronavirus, pushing back primaries scheduled for May to June. The move came a day after New Jersey and Virginia joined at least 15 other states in delaying their primaries amid the coronavirus...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks about the COVID-19 virus during a news conference at the Georgia state Capitol on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Kemp extends Georgia stay-at-home order as cases pass 10,000

Apr. 8, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday he's extending his order for Georgia residents to shelter at home through April 30 as the number of coronavirus infections confirmed statewide passed 10,000. Kemp also announced he's requiring nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to do more to...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Apr. 8, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ April 7 Savannah Morning News on the legacy of Georgia Sen. Jack Hill: Georgia’s fiscal budget is drafted by the governor’s office and revised — rewritten — by the House of Representatives. For the last 16 budget cycles, the spending plan...

Lighter than normal traffic flow in and out downtown Atlanta Monday, April 6, 2020. Gov. Brian Kemp has issued an order to shelter in place in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Latest: Japan's Abe: Stay home, obey state of emergency

Apr. 8, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan PM Abe urges cooperation with state of emergency in...

A person wearing a mask walks near the StateFarm Arena where the men's Final Four NCAA college basketball championship game was to be played on Monday, April 6, 2020, in Atlanta. The entire NCAA tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Atlanta hospital to open space early; 348 virus deaths in GA

Apr. 7, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta hospital on Tuesday announced the early opening of part of an expansion to provide more intensive care beds during the coronavirus pandemic as the state's death toll neared 350. Three floors of the new Marcus Tower at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital will now open on April 13 instead of...

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 1, 2020 file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference at Liberty Plaza across the street from the Georgia state Capitol building in downtown Atlanta. Kemp is in a very public battle with Shirley Sessions, who was sworn in barely three months ago as mayor of Tybee Island, a small coastal community that thrives on beach tourism, after he reversed the city's painful decision to close its own beach to slow the coronavirus. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Georgia governor weighs `new options' amid virus backlash

Apr. 7, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's governor is “considering new options” after being criticized by local officials for his order that reversed beach closures and other restrictions imposed by cities and counties to battle the coronavirus, the governor's spokeswoman said Tuesday. Gov. Brian Kemp's...

People wearing face masks walk at a downtown street in Hong Kong Monday, April 6, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The Latest: Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners

Apr. 7, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners indefinitely...

FILE - In this April 3, 2009, file photo, Georgia Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, addresses fellow legislators about the state budget bill from the lower podium in the senate chamber during the last day of the legislative session in Atlanta. The Georgia Senate on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2020, passed its version of midyear budget cuts in a nearly unanimous vote, approving a plan to cut $159 million in state spending for the fiscal year that ends June 30. “This is a budget with few real adds, frankly,

Georgia Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill has died

Apr. 6, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s lieutenant governor announced Monday that Republican state Sen. Jack Hill has died. Hill, of Reidsville, was the chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which controls legislation involving how tax dollars are spent. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced the...

A line of cars gather to enter a COVID-19 testing site on Georgia Tech's campus, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Atlanta: Mass virus tests begin in Georgia Tech parking deck

Apr. 6, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia motorists were told to keep their windows rolled up as their cars lined up at a mass drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 that opened Monday in a parking deck at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The state is partnering with CVS Health to set up rapid testing that can accommodate...