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This blog will be updated throughout Wednesday, April 8, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.
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5 p.m.: Gov. Brian Kemp extended Georgia's shelter in place order through the end of April and imposed new restrictions on senior care facilities. Greg Bluestein has the details.
1:30 p.m.: Atlanta media mogul Tyler Perry continues to help the community during this pandemic. As Rodney Ho reports, Perry paid the grocery bills for all shoppers during senior hour Wednesday morning at 44 Kroger supermarkets in metro Atlanta and 29 in his hometown of New Orleans.
1 p.m.: Fulton County Board of Health announced the closing of five county health centers to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Adrianne Murchison tells you which ones.
10 a.m.: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will offer free online advertising to local restaurants through its "Support Local Restaurants" campaign. Henri Hollis has the details.
7:30 a.m.: During these extraordinary times, medical professionals have taken to social media to vent, talk about their anxiety, share heartbreak and to seek advice from colleagues. Helena Oliviero shares their stories.
6:30 a.m.: A new series from the Politically Georgia podcast explores how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting various areas of life in our state. The episodes will be short updates from reporters in the AJC newsroom. Check it out below:
Georgia @GovKemp is expected to extend his emergency powers to combat coronavirus. A look back at how he gained that authority: #gapol https://t.co/4eTy9fwBqy— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) April 8, 2020
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- Alexis Stevens reported authorities in west Georgia arrested a woman who has been exposed to the coronavirus, but refuses to self-quarantine. Fran Gore had been ordered to isolate herself after her boyfriend tested positive for the virus, the Haralson County Sheriff's Office said.
- Zachery Hansen reported Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued new hourly guidelines for those using the Beltline. On Tuesday, the usage guidelines were announced and immediately went into effect, according to an Atlanta Beltline press release.
- He wasn't local, but he sometimes felt like family. Folk legend and master songwriter John Prine died from complications caused by COVID-19. Our music blogger Melissa Ruggieri writes a tribute.
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