CORONAVIRUS IN GEORGIA: What’s happening today - April 1, 2020

Here’s a roundup of what’s happening so far today, April 1: (Click here for the previous day)

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  • Gov. Kemp has issued a state-wide shelter-in-place order until April 13. He has also closed schools for the remainder of the school year.
  • There are 4,748 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Georgia, with 154 deaths and 1013 hospitalizations, according to the latest numbers.
  • Fulton County has ordered residents to shelter in place. The order prohibits gatherings outside a single household. Violators could be fined up to $1,000 and sentenced to up to 12 months in jail.
  • Low income, elderly an disabled Georgians can now get assistance with cooling their homes starting April 1. Visit www.georgiacaa.org for more information.
  • Mayor of Cumming initially canceled the city’s social distancing order but put parts of it back in place. The city’s Facebook page posted several explanations about the issue.
  • Atlanta Public Schools has announced they will continue to provide food for families over spring break.
  • Georgia’s GOP delegation has sent a letter to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to push back now-May primary back even further. Raffensperger responded Wednesday with the following statement: “I execute elections, I don’t create them. If the leadership of the General Assembly and the Governor wants to hold the election on May 19, we will support them and do our best to make it happen efficiently, safely and accurately. If the General Assembly and the Governor wants to move the election to June or July, we will support them in that too."