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7 p.m.:  Hours after Georgia surpassed the bleak milestone of 500 coronavirus-related deaths, the state added 23 more to its toll, Chelsea Prince and Zachary Hansen report Since the COVID-19 outbreak entered Georgia, the state has suffered 524 deaths from the virus, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The DPH also announced 355 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since noon, bringing the state’s total to 14,578.

4:45 p.m.: A lawyer for acclaimed Georgia Tech professor Eva Lee on Tuesday renewed his request that Lee be allowed access to her 200 computers at the school to help national, state and local governments combat the coronavirus. Bill Rankin has the latest on this story.

4:30 p.m.:  Cautious. Hopeful. Realistic.  Those are words, Eric Stirgus reports, that medical experts are frequently using to describe results of a recent test of the drug remdesivir for patients hospitalized with severe infections of COVID-19.

3:30 p.m.: About 50 members of the Georgia National Guard are assisting Atlanta Public Schools with its new weekly food distribution program, an extraordinary measure that officials said provides needed muscle and logistical expertise, Vanessa McCray reports.

2 p.m.:  A Transportation Security Administration officer in Atlanta died after contracting the coronavirus, airport blogger Kelly Yamanouchi reports TSA announced that Dian Phipps, who had worked for the TSA for more than 14 years, died Monday. Phipps represents the first reported death by a TSA worker in Atlanta.

12:45 p.m.: If walking or running is part of your self-care routine during this pandemic, Courtney Kueppers has tips to yourself and others safe while exercising.

Noon:  Georgia’s coronavirus infections now number more than 14,000 as the state recorded its 500th death Tuesday, Chelsea Prince reports.  The latest data from the Georgia Department of Public Health shows 14,223 confirmed cases statewide. Since Monday night, 21 more Georgians have died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus, bringing the state’s toll to 501.

10:45: Wild Heaven’s new beer is available for purchase. Called Fauci Spring, the pale ale is named after Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the country’s most visible medical expert on the coronavirus pandemic. Henri Hollis has the story.

10:30 a.m.: Americans have begun receiving stimulus checks and amid their roll out, many questions have emerged. Along with those questions, myths have bubbled up. Kiersten Willis separates fact from fiction.

8:45 a.m.: The Cobb &aDouglas Public Health department has expanded the criteria for getting tested for the novel coronavirus at its two drive-thru testing sites at Jim Miller Park and Hunter Park. Meris Lutz has the details.

8 a.m.:  The cost of a stamp to vote by mail in Georgia’s primary has been criticized as an unconstitutional poll tax and an obstacle to casting your ballot.  But, Mark Niesse reports, postage to return absentee ballots isn’t truly required, no matter what voters have been told.

6 a.m.: African Americans are dying from COVID-19 at disproportionate rates. At the same time, they are less likely to even be tested, less likely to be treated, and more likely to be low-wage essential workers on the front lines. Gracie Bonds Staples writes she doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

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OVERNIGHT

  • One month after Georgia reported its first death from the novel coronavirus, state officials are racing to ensure hospitals can handle a surge in critically ill patients — now expected in about two weeks. Alan Judd has the details.
  • After already hiring 100,000 people to keep up with demand during coronavirus isolation, Amazon announced it seeks 75,000 more. Anyone out of work right now is welcome to apply.

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