The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is committed to providing our readers with the most comprehensive coverage of the deadly coronavirus.
This blog will be updated throughout Saturday, April 4, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.
7 p.m.: Seven more deaths have been confirmed by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Additionally, health officials have confirmed 223 more COVID-19 cases, Shaddi Abusaid reports.
5 p.m.: Contractors, self-employed and gig workers have yet to receive the Georgia unemployment benefits they’re eligible for. Michael E. Kanell has the details.
4 p.m.: The popular tradition of Easter Sunrise service will not be held at Stone Mountain this year, Shelia Poole reports. It would have marked the 76th annual event.
3 p.m.: In a new episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, Greg Bluestein and AJC reporter Tamar Hallerman provide and in-depth look at Gov. Brian Kemp's shelter-in-place order, which affects all of Georgia.
1:30 p.m.: A new video features Atlanta sports stars encouraging people to take care of one another, the AJC sports staff reports. Players from the Braves, Hawks, Falcons, Atlanta United and Dream are included in the spot.
1 p.m.: J.D. Capelouto reports that Tybee Island Mayor Shirley Sessions said in a statement she’s “devastated” by Gov. Brian Kemp’s statewide shelter-in-place order mandating that beaches reopen.
noon: The death toll for the coronavirus has surpassed 200 in Georgia and the number of confirmed cases climbed to 6,160 Saturday, Shaddi Abusaid reports.
10 a.m.: Questions continue surrounding who is handling Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s stock transactions. It’s been alleged that the Georgia senator used insider information obtained from Senate briefings about the coronavirus to inform stock trades that were recently made, Tia Mitchell reports.
7 a.m.: Metro Atlanta students share their experiences after Kemp ordered that school buildings remain closed for the rest of the school year. Ben Brasch, Arlinda Smith Broady and Marlon A. Walker have the details.
7 a.m.: “Everything Will Be OK” signs that have cropped up during the coronavirus pandemic have been replicated. Now, Atlanta-based artist Jason Kofke is seeking credit and has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Spruill Center for the Arts, which has sold the signs to residents, J.D. Capelouto reports.
7 a.m: Helena Oliviero tells about the major COVID-19 developments from the past week in a round up.
- Georgia beaches reopening as of Friday night, trumping local orders amid Kemp’s statewide shelter-in-place order.
- Confusion surrounds Georgia’s coronavirus lockdown amid loopholes residing in Kemp’s shelter-in-place order for Georgia.
- Walmart to limit customers in stores beginning Saturday as the store says in a statement that “stores will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity.”
- Georgia made public Friday the names of the senior care facilities that have had coronavirus outbreaks.
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