Georgia Trend Daily – March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020 WABE 90.1

Coronavirus Updates: Kemp Issues Shelter In Place Order For Those At High Risk

Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Monday evening that he plans to sign an executive order closing all bars and nightclubs, banning all gatherings more than 10 people, and requiring all Georgians at high risk for COVID-19 to shelter-in-place.


March 24, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Boredom Relievers Available

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that with many entertainment options closed and social distancing the new normal, Georgians are getting creative about how to fill their time. People are re-discovering the joys of being outside, either gardening, walking or cycling. But for the long evenings, what are social distancers to do?


March 24, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia-based global farm supplier AGCO warns of production disrupted

Matt Kempner reports that Metro Atlanta-based AGCO, one of the world’s largest farm equipment makers, said that with the coronavirus outbreak, “production has been significantly reduced or suspended in several” of its European factories. And it expects additional production disruptions to its operations in other regions of the world, the Duluth-based company disclosed in a press release Monday.


March 24, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Birmingham CRE firm working on big Georgia project

Stephanie Rebman reports that a Birmingham commercial real estate company is ramping up work on a project in metro Atlanta. Birmingham-based Retail Specialists is providing leasing services for Monroe Pavilion, a 100-acre shopping center project in Monroe, Ga.


March 24, 2020 Georgia Southern University

Parker College of Business student receives $1,000 scholarship, inspired by Savannah tourism leaders

Staff reports that Elizabeth Duncan, a junior hospitality management student in the Parker College of Business, now has an extra $1,000 for her education thanks to the Savannah Tourism Leadership Council (TLC).  Duncan was one of five area students to receive a scholarship from the TLC during its annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner in early March to further her studies in the tourism and hospitality field.


March 24, 2020 Brunswick News

Unemployment claims spiking in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Larry Hobbs reports that although Georgia Department of Labor offices are closed to the public statewide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the employees inside those buildings have never been busier, department of labor spokeswoman Kersha Cartwright told The News on Monday. With layoffs soaring as a result of a quarantine-induced stagnant economy, applications for unemployment benefits are at an all-time high, Cartwright said.


March 24, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Port of Savannah sets February record, March volumes expected to slip amid COVID-19 outbreak

Reports that the Port of Savannah achieved its busiest February ever last month, handling 364,405 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs), an increase of 17% over the same month last year, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch announced Monday, March 23 during the board’s monthly meeting. The meeting was held via teleconference as the GPA has suspended all in-person meetings as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.


March 24, 2020 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

UPDATE: Pause on H-2A visas due to coronavirus sparks concern of ag labor shortage

Riley Bunch reports that Georgia farmers are bracing for a potential labor shortage as harvest season approaches after the federal government decided to limit foreign workers in an effort to prevent COVID-19 spread. The state’s fruit and vegetable producers are highly dependent on workers through the H-2A guest worker program — a federal program that brings migrant workers from neighboring countries seasonally to work in U.S. agriculture.


March 24, 2020 Cherokee Tribune Ledger-News

Ball Ground manufacturer ramps up production to meet pandemic needs

Staff reports that a Ball Ground-based manufacturer of oxygen therapy equipment has ramped up production at plants here and in New York to help meet increased demand created by the novel coronavirus pandemic, company officials said. CAIRE’s products are used for administering concentrated oxygen therapy, delivered through a nasal cannula to an infected person, company officials said.


March 24, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Rome school system donates thousands of medical supplies to local hospitals

Olivia Morley reports that Rome City Schools officials realized they had an untapped resource that could highly benefit the medical community during the COVID-19 pandemic. By going into their science classrooms and career technical school — as well as collecting supplies through community donations — the school system has been able to donate 3,000 medical masks, over 30,000 rubber gloves, over 1,000 isolation gowns and other miscellaneous items such as wipes.


March 24, 2020 The Center Square

1.3M low-income earners in Georgia likely to be hit hardest by COVID-19 fallout

Nyamekye Daniel reports, low-wage workers and the hospitality industry likely will face the biggest hits amid the COVID-19 outbreak, according to several reports. With social distancing orders in place, many hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants have been forced to close their doors and or layoff workers.


March 24, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Additional money headed to Georgia food stamp recipients amid virus

Maya T. Prabhu reports that Georgia’s 1 million food stamp recipients will get additional money this month as state officials work to ensure all have access to food during the growing coronavirus pandemic. Food stamp recipients will receive the maximum allowed under federal guidelines in March and April.



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