COVID-19

State schools’ chief moves to lower stakes of standardized test scores

BY: - September 25, 2020

The Georgia Milestones test that typically is a high stakes nailbiter could have a negligible effect on students’ final grades this year if State School Superintendent Richard Woods gets his way. At the Oct. 1 school board meeting, Woods is set to call for the tests to count for .01% of students’ final grades for […]

Governor makes last-ditch pitch for Georgians to submit 2020 Census

BY: - September 24, 2020

Time is almost up for Georgians to participate in the 2020 Census, and Gov. Brian Kemp is urging residents to make sure their forms are completed by Sept. 30 so the state can get a fair shake from the federal government over the next decade. “Georgians’ response to the 2020 census will directly affect representation […]

Kemp to stress census urgency as Georgia response ranks near bottom

BY: - September 24, 2020

Last September, Gov. Brian Kemp named 66 state leaders to promote the 2020 Census as members of the statewide Complete Count Committee. In November he gave the committee a pep talk to urge that they give the high stakes headcount their all. Co-chaired by Anna Miller of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget and […]

Governor green lights senior care visits but safety guidelines a tall order

BY: - September 21, 2020

Gail Reid regularly joined her mother at her Dunwoody assisted living facility’s dining room before COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders abruptly ended Reid’s access to the campus and kept her 89-year-old mom confined to her apartment. For the next three months, the phone line was the Decatur resident’s only connection to her mom, Irene Margolies. After […]

New $300 unemployment boost arrives but some film workers left out

BY: - September 18, 2020

Over a half million Georgians have received their first federal unemployment insurance supplement in more than a month this week as the state Department of Labor disburses $463 million under the Lost Wages Assistance program. The program’s up-to $300 weekly payments replace the now-defunct enhanced unemployment payment through the CARES Act, which offered an extra […]

Health officials blame prison for COVID outbreak in rural SE Georgia

BY: - September 16, 2020

An error in COVID-19 data reporting has obscured an outbreak in a Georgia prison and in the community surrounding it. The count of coronavirus cases in rural Wheeler County nearly doubled last week when CoreCivic, the Tennessee-based, publicly traded company that runs the Wheeler Correctional Facility, reported 145 cases to the Georgia Department of Public […]

Amid campus COVID spread Georgia colleges to push for in-person class

BY: - September 16, 2020

University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley Tuesday defended his decision to bring students back to campus for in-person learning and pledged to continue to push for students and instructors to get together in classrooms. “We believe strongly in on-campus instruction, the richness it adds to education and the total student experience,” Wrigley told members […]

Kemp order opens path for long-term care residents to host family, friends

BY: - September 15, 2020

More visitors will be allowed into long-term care facilities under new state guidelines issued late Tuesday. Gov. Brian Kemp authorized in-person visitation “subject to specific criteria and restrictions outlined by the Department of Public Health,” according to a press release. The governor’s order also clarifies that community and state ombudsmen are authorized to perform inspections […]

Politically connected firm earning millions in state COVID contract

BY: - September 14, 2020

A health care staffing company with strong political connections has been paid more than $40 million by the state of Georgia to supply medical workers to fight COVID-19. Jackson Healthcare, a private company based in Alpharetta, was asked by state officials for help in March. That’s when Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and the city of […]

Georgia college students adapt to online classes, new kind of tests

BY: - September 14, 2020

Georgia Southern University’s Dr. Isaac Chun-Hai Fung stays away from campus these days unless he has a class to teach, and he’s not the only one avoiding the Statesboro school’s grounds when he can. “There are certainly fewer students on campus compared to last year at this time, compared to the pre-pandemic situation,” said Fung, […]

Georgia’s COVID testing drop blamed on virus fatigue, lost confidence

BY: - September 11, 2020

Long waits for midsummer testing appointments and results, a recent decline in cases and “pandemic fatigue” have all likely contributed to a steady – and troubling – overall decline in the number of Georgians who want to know whether they carry a virus that has claimed about 6,200 lives in the state. The state tested […]

‘We’re not through this’: Governors plead with Congress for COVID aid

BY: - September 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic governors on Thursday begged Congress to come to the aid of ailing states, which face unexpected expenses as they attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as massive revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic. But Republicans at a House hearing rejected their pleas, arguing that states have yet to spend […]