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This blog will be updated throughout Thursday, May 7, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.
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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. The state now has 1,340 deaths from COVID-19 and 31,575 confirmed cases.
6:35 p.m.: Gov. Brian Kemp urges all Georgians to schedule an appointment for coronavirus screening regardless of whether they have symptoms, Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report.
4:35 p.m.: More than 1.6 million new Georgia jobless claims have been processed since mid-March, or more than 30% of the workforce. Michael E. Kanell has the story.
3 p.m.: Ariel Hart and Helena Oliviero report on how vast changes may be needed so children don't spread COVID-19.
12:30 p.m.: AJC dining editor Ligaya Figueras provides an update on the Atlanta restaurant scene in the new accessAtlanta podcast.
Noon: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is keeping track of reported coronavirus deaths and cases across Georgia according to the Department of Public Health. At midday, the state has 1,335 deaths from COVID-19 and 31,260 confirmed cases.
10:30 a.m.: Georgia Coalition 2 Save Lives wants to meet with Gov. Brian Kemp to discuss ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and prevent a second wave of the disease that has killed more than 1,300 Georgians, Ernie Suggs reports.
10 a.m.: Those planning to beat the summer heat with a cool dip in the pool will need to take a chill pill; public pools will probably open later than usual this year — if they open at all. Our local reporters break down where counties stand now.
7:45 a.m.: Midtown mixed-used development Colony Square is investing $280,000 in new lighting technology to ensure the safety of workers and visitors, Raisa Habersham reports.
6:30 a.m.: In the rush to expand coronavirus testing across Georgia, a state-run partnership has lost more than two dozen patient samples and test results have been delayed for more than 4,000 people, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News found.
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