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Georgia’s coronavirus deaths pass 1,170; cases nearly reach 28.3K

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7 p.m.: Three more COVID-19-related deaths and almost 200 new coronavirus cases has increased the death toll to 1,174 and the number of confirmed coronavirus infections to 28,332, Shaddi Abusaid reported according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

12:30 p.m.:  Shaddi Abusaid reported 999 new coronavirus cases have increased the number of confirmed cases in Georgia to 28,133. Two dozen deaths confirmed since noon Friday has also increased the death toll to 1,171.

noon: According to NCAA chief medical officer Dr. Brian Hainline, widespread testing for coronavirus will be crucial to having college sports in the fall — especially contact sports such as football and basketball, Michael Luck reported.

9 a.m.: Georgia lawmakers are planning to return to the state capitol and many are calling for measures to help keep them safe after almost 10% of state senators tested positive for the coronavirus in March. Maya T. Prabhu has the details.

7 a.m.: Helena Oliviero reports on the major coronavirus-related developments over the past week, including Gov. Brian Kemp continuing to roll back restrictions after lifting the statewide shelter-in-place order Friday.

6 a.m.: Eric Stirgus reports on how plasma therapy could be the "liquid gold" for COVID-19 treatment.

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