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7 p.m.: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is keeping track of reported coronavirus deaths and cases across Georgia according to the Department of Public Health. There are now 1,588 deaths from COVID-19 and 36,772 confirmed cases in the state.

6 p.m.: Dozens more workers in Georgia's $41 billion poultry industry have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and a second worker has died from the disease since last month, Jeremy Redmon and Greg Bluestein report.

6 p.m.: Through a partnership between Los Angeles-based CORE Response, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and Project South, two free COVID-19 testing centers will open Saturday in Atlanta. Zachary Hansen has the details.

3 p.m.: For nearly three weeks, Decatur sixth-grader Jason Zgonc has serenaded health care workers changing shifts at Emory Decatur Hospital. Helena Oliviero tells you the story of this 12-year-old trumpet player.

1:45 p.m.: Gloria Jameson was many things: a devoted wife, mother and grandmother; a beloved fixture of the St. Pius X Catholic High School community; and a champion of the underdog. And, Courtney Kueppers writes, a victim of COVID-19.

1:30 p.m.: Eric Stirgus reports on a SCAD student who has filed a class action lawsuit against the college over its switch to online learning after the coronavirus pandemic prompted the school to close its campuses to prevent the spread of the disease.

1 p.m.: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is keeping track of reported coronavirus deaths and cases across Georgia according to the Department of Public Health. There are now 1,557 deaths from COVID-19 and 36,681 confirmed cases in the state.

11 a.m.: Sports fields in Smyrna are now open, but a few rules are in place to maintain social distancing guidelines. Kristal Dixon tells you what that means.

9 a.m.: A Cobb County restaurant owner who sold her car to pay her employees during the pandemic will no longer have to worry about how she will get to work, Kristal Dixon reports.

8:30 a.m.: The AJC's Political Insider team looks at a just published editorial in which it declares that the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — "the flagship agency for the nation's public health" — needs rescuing from the Trump administration.

7:45 a.m.: Rosalind Bentley and Ric Watkins have created an illustrated guide showing you how to don a face covering — the safe way — based on recommendations from the CDC and other health care professionals. Really, many of you are doing it wrong.

7 a.m.: According to Political Insider reporter Jim Galloway, we are about to find out what happens when you blend a pandemic with hurricane season, then serve the resulting meal with a side of bitter presidential politics and, for dessert, a tanking economy.

6:45 a.m.: Most metro Atlanta leaders believe it will take a year or more for Georgia's economy to recover from the coronavirus crisis — once the pandemic fully recedes. Bert Roughton Jr. has the story for the AJC.

6:30 a.m.: As pandemic lingers, fears grow that more families forced to go hungry, J.D. Capelouto reports.

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