GEORGIA — Here’s a roundup of what’s happening so far today, April 4: (Click here for the previous day)
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- There are 6,383 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Georgia, with 208 deaths and 1,266 hospitalizations, according to the latest numbers.
- Saturday is the first full day under Georgia’s statewide shelter in place order. Gov. Kemp’s order went into effect at 6 p.m. Friday. Here are answers to your frequently asked questions about the order.
- Here’s what is considered an “essential business” and how to report companies violating shelter-in-place order.
- Kemp is adding 296 hospital beds across the state for patient surge.
- The mayor of Tybee Island blasted the statewide order for allowing beaches to reopen. Read her full statement here.
- Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett said he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and that 5 other employees also have the virus.
- Atlanta Public Schools is handing out groceries today to keep students fed over spring break. It’s open to any family who needs them. Here are how other schools and nonprofits are working to keep families fed.
- Walmart will limit the number of shoppers inside at one time. Only about 20 percent of normal capacity will be allowed. Workers will count people at the door.
- Hobby Lobby closed all its locations Friday night and is furloughing all employees without pay.
- The CDC is encouraging people wear non-medical masks. President Trump says it’s only a recommendation. The cloth masks and face coverings made from household items can be used voluntarily, according to the Surgeon General. He encouraged people to wash their hands before wearing the mask and not to touch their face while wearing them. The Surgeon General asked people to save N-95 masks for health workers and to maintain social distancing. Here’s how to make your own fabric mask | Here’s how to properly use masks and gloves.
- Target began monitoring the numbers of people inside their stores and metering if necessary.
- Delta Air Lines pilot union says more than 50 pilots have tested positive. The Atlanta-based airline has around 14,000 total pilots.
- Phase 1 of Emory University’s vaccine trial is now full. They have 17 participants at the Emory Vaccine Center and another 28 people in the trial in Seattle.
- Carrollton City Schools says summer vacation will start early as they plan to break in early May. Cherokee and Union county schools are also considering earlier end dates.
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