Georgia Trend Daily – April 3, 2020
April 3, 2020 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that on April 2, Governor Brian P. Kemp issued a shelter in place order for the state of Georgia. The order will be effective beginning Friday, April 3rd, at 6:00 PM and expire Monday, April 13th, at 11:59 PM.
April 3, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports, as the coronavirus pandemic increasingly impacts Georgians’ everyday lives and hospitals’ ability to care for the sick, organizations and businesses are figuring out ways they can help. From manufacturing and donations of much-needed supplies for healthcare workers to educational resources for homebound kids and meal delivery for vulnerable citizens, Georgians are harnessing their energies and creativity to fight the good fight.
April 3, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that the Georgia Labor Department said Thursday that it processed 133,820 claims for unemployment benefits last week – a stunning increase that reflects the virtual shutdown of many sectors in the state’s economy.
April 3, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams reports that for almost three weeks, closures, cancellations and furloughs have rippled through the Atlanta economy, but new population data offers a reminder of just how fast the region has been expanding over the past decade. Atlanta was the fourth fastest growing metro area in the country between 2010 and 2019, adding just over 730,000 people, according to the U.S. Census.
April 3, 2020 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that President Donald Trump signed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act last week. The rescue package includes over $30 billion for public schools and colleges.
April 3, 2020 Georgia.org
Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp and the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provided an overview of the funding allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This critical funding will help small businesses keep workers employed during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
April 3, 2020 Savannah Morning News
Katie Nussbaum reports that the Port of Savannah will close its gates to truck drivers on Saturdays during the month of April as well as on Friday, April 10, as cargo continues to slow due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgia Ports Authority announced this week. Truck gates don’t operate on Sundays, but vessel and rail operations continue to provide 24/7 services as normal, said the executive director of the GPA Griff Lynch.
April 3, 2020 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that Shaw Industries announced plans to temporarily shut down all of its U.S. manufacturing plants starting Monday, April 6. Shaw is the largest employer in neighboring Bartow County, with more than 3,500 workers, according to Melinda Lemmon, director of the Cartersville-Bartow County Office of Economic Development.
April 3, 2020 Fox 5 Atlanta
Randy Travis reports that Georgia farmers worry the COVID-19 pandemic could leave them in the worst spot imaginable: bumper crops… but not enough migrant workers to help bring in those fruits and vegetables. “We’re going to have ripe strawberries in a couple weeks,” worried Jaemor Farms general manager Drew Echols.
April 3, 2020 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Donald Campbell reports that Universal Alloy Corp., like many other businesses across the country, has temporarily closed its production facilities in Canton and Ball Ground, idling 473 of its 548 employees. The company makes components for other companies, including aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus, both of which have suspended production during the coronavirus pandemic.
April 3, 2020 Georgia Recorder
Jill Nolin reports that the small staff at the Press-Sentinel has kept the residents of Wayne County informed of what the local hospital is doing to prepare for COVID-19’s arrival, what actions their officials have taken to limit the spread of the virus and how businesses are finding ways to improvise in tough times.
April 3, 2020 The Center Square
Jason Schaumberg reports that Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids providers in Georgia now have more flexibility to treat COVID-19 thanks to the federal government approving the state’s waiver request. Gov. Brian Kemp announced Thursday the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted Georgia’s section 1135 waiver request.
April 3, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein reports that the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t slowed the increasing number of Georgia Democrats endorsing Joe Biden’s bid for the presidency. Six more local lawmakers said Friday they’re supporting the presumptive nominee’s campaign, including two metro Atlanta state legislators, three county commissioners and an Atlanta city councilman.