Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: COVID-19 cases near 36K in Georgia

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Now that Georgia is reopening, teams of experts are calculating whether the rate at which people will sicken or die from the novel coronavirus will rise in the coming weeks.

There are now 1,544 deaths from COVID-19 and 35,977 confirmed cases
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This blog will be updated throughout Thursday, May 14, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.

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7:30 p.m.: Mark Niesse has the latest on a federal judge dismissing a lawsuit that attempted to delay Georgia's July 9 primary election because of the coronavirus.

7 p.m.: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is keeping track of reported coronavirus deaths and cases across Georgia, as reported by the Department of Public Health. As of midday, Georgia has 1,544 COVID-19 deaths and 35,977 confirmed cases.

6:30 p.m.: The latest Georgia restaurant guidelines come with wave of new openings, and Ligaya Figueras has the details.

1 p.m.: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is keeping track of reported coronavirus deaths and cases across Georgia, as reported by the Department of Public Health. As of midday, Georgia has 1,527 COVID-19 deaths and 35,858 confirmed cases.

12:30 p.m.: After two months of altering its hours in response to COVID-19, Publix announced hours would be extended at its more than 1,200 stores starting this weekend. Stephanie Toone has the details.

11:30 a.m.: Georgia's Department of Labor last week processed nearly a quarter-million unemployment claims, as the flow of coronavirus-triggered job cuts continued, Michael E. Kanell reports.

9:30 a.m.: Our Political Insider team has been told Caylee Noggle, the chief management officer of Gov. Brian Kemp's office, will now serve as Dr. Kathleen Toomey's chief of staff to run the operations side of the Department of Public Health.

6:30 a.m.: Gwinnett County's early voting period will look a little different than others in recent memory, thanks to coronavirus. Amanda C. Coyne tells you just how different.

6 a.m.: With the loosening of Georgia's stay-at-home rules, more workers are being called back to work. But, Ty Tagami reports, parents of young children cannot go if there is no place that will look after their children.

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