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This blog will be updated throughout Thursday, April 9, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.
6:15 p.m.: A Fayetteville woman faces federal charges after prosecutors said she smuggled an illegal pesticide into the United States and tried to sell it under the claim that it would protect people against the coronavirus. Asia Simone Burns has the details.
6 p.m.: The Georgia Department of Labor said it processed 390,132 claims for unemployment benefits last week — handling more claims in seven days than during all of last year. Michael E. Kanell has the report.
2:15 p.m.: It doesn’t matter that Clifford “T.I.” Harris is a multi-latinum recording artist, reality TV star and media mogul.He has to stay rooted during the coronavirus pandemic, too. Music blogger Melissa Ruggieri talked with T.I. about family life during lockdown.
2 p.m.: The Atlanta History Center is asking the public to share photos for the center’s new project documenting the impact of the coronavirus on daily life in the city. Rosalind Bentley has the details.
11 a.m.: In the past two weeks, Sandy Springs police have stopped 52 people for driving more than 100 mph on Ga. 400 and I-285, Adrianne Murchison reports. Mayor Rusty Paul wants it to stop.
10:15 a.m.: If you’re self-isolating amid the coronavirus pandemic, you ought to help your cat do the same, according to veterinarians. Kiersten Willis tells you why.
10:15 a.m.: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has ordered that the city spend an additional $1.5 million to test, transport, isolate and shelter homeless people infected with the coronavirus, Stephen Deere reports.
10 a.m.: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Thursday postponed Georgia’s primary election for three weeks, until June 9, as the coronavirus spreads, poll workers quit and voters worry about getting sick at precincts. Mark Niesse has the details.
6:30 a.m.: The Smyrna Police Department is stepping up to help the city’s most vulnerable residents get the basic necessities they need during the coronavirus pandemic, Kristal Dixon reports. The department’s Community Relations Unit will pick up and deliver groceries for residents age 62 and older, or those who can’t get to the store because of hardship.
Two workers at the Tyson Foods chicken plant in Camilla recently died after contracting COVID-19, according to their union, Zachary Hansen reported. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) announced the deaths in a post criticizing the poultry industry’s “delayed COVID-19 response.”
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