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7 p.m.:  The Georgia Department of Public Health has added 10 more coronavirus deaths to the state’s toll, bringing the total to 1,036.  The DPH said an additional 229 Georgians were confirmed to have COVID-19, bringing the number of cases across the state to 24,844. But, as Chelsea Prince and Zachary Hansen report, these numbers differ from the county-by-county totals.

6:30 p.m.: Manufacturers have restarted tissue-making machines, increased efficiency and shipped more paper faster. But the shelves are still empty. The situation, Chris Quinn reports, leaves business marketeers unable to predict when the TP shortage might end. In the meantime, Courtney Kueppers tells you about an app that can help you track down toilet paper.

5:30 p.m.: Lenox Square and at least eight other malls and shopping centers in the Atlanta region plan to reopen Friday, Andy Peters reports, the latest sign of businesses reviving after the coronavirus shutdown.

5:30 p.m.: As Georgia ramps up diagnostic testing for active coronavirus cases, some patients and public health experts fear a weakness in the state’s disease surveillance network isn’t just obtaining enough test kits and supplies but potential false negative results. Our reporters tell you why that matters.

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12:30 p.m.: Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson urges United Methodists not to gather before June 22. Shelia Poole reports on the bishop’s message.

Noon:  At least 1,020 Georgians have died of the new coronavirus, with more than 100 of those deaths reported in the past 48 hours, state health officials said Tuesday. Chelsea Prince reports there are now  24,551 confirmed cases of the virus in the state.

10 a.m.: Marietta students can use part of their summer break to review what they’ve learned during the school year and to prevent a “COVID-19 slide” caused by the earlier-than-normal closure of classrooms. Kristal Dixon tells you how it will work.

» Coronavirus in Georgia: stats in real time

9:45 a.m.: Gwinnett County transit workers are threatening to walk off the job Thursday over fear for their safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, David Wickert reports.

6 a.m.: A Republican state lawmaker and close ally of Gov. Brian Kemp’s is also a restaurateur. Greg Bluestein tells you why the lawmaker didn’t hesitate to reopen his eateries.

5 a.m.: The Class of 2020 has had to give up a lot: proms, graduation ceremonies, college tours. But you can help make things brighter for them through Adopt a 2020 Senior, which was started by one of those seniors. Gracie Bonds Staples has the details.

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