ATLANTA — Here’s a roundup of what’s happening so far today, May 15: (Click here for the previous day)
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- The state’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is up to 36,772 and 1,588 deaths as of 7 p.m. Friday. The Georgia Department of Public Health says it will update its website with new data at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- Governor Brian Kemp is touring Hall County, which has become a growing area of coronavirus in the state.
- Several YMCAs will reopen in metro Atlanta today. There will be new rules for visitors and workers.
- Gov. Kemp announced that Georgia has now topped 300,000 COVID-19 tests statewide. The Department of Health says even with more tests the percent of positive cases in Georgia continues to decrease.
- Greyhound has announced it is requiring all customers to wear a mask if they’re traveling by bus effective immediately.
- The ATP Tour announced today that tour suspension will continue through the end of July due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. As a result, the 2020 edition of the Truist Atlanta Open will not take place as scheduled. The event was to run July 25 - August 2 at Atlantic Station.
- WSB Radio Reporter Jamie Dupree says: “the House on Friday will vote on a $3 trillion Coronavirus aid package from Democrats which features more direct payments to Americans, $1 trillion in aid for state and local governments, and another $75 billion for Coronavirus testing. While Republicans have denounced the plan, we are starting to see cracks in that opposition – and it won’t surprise me if a deal is reached before Memorial Day on a fifth virus aid package. The House will also vote on new rules today which could allow for remote voting and hearings.”
- This year’s college graduates won’t get to take their triumphant walk across the stage. But at least one aspect of the traditional graduation ceremony is being salvaged for the class of 2020: the celebrity keynote address.
- More than 4.4 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.4 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise
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