Georgia Trend Daily – April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020 WABE 90.1

Georgia Pushes Primary Election To June Amid Pandemic

Emil Moffat reports that Georgia’s Secretary of State has postponed the May primaries until June 9 because of concerns over the coronavirus. Early voting will now take place between May 18 and June 5 for both the presidential preference primary and state and local races with potential runoffs on Aug. 11.


April 10, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Beating the pandemic

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, among all the scary news related to COVID-19, each day seems to bring more positive stories about people, institutions and state government coming together to help Georgians. Several local celebrities are putting their fame and fortune to good use by making sizable donations.


April 10, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Some Georgia workers say employers not ensuring safety amid pandemic

Ernie Suggs reports that several days ago, someone walked into Augustine Lenox’s office to chat. Lenox is a property manager at a DeKalb County apartment community and she says the visitor wanted to talk about having brought her mother, whom the visitor suspected had pneumonia, up from Florida.


April 10, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Health system CEO: COVID-19 will cause financial losses ‘like no system has seen’

Jessica Saunders reports that the CEO of one metro Atlanta hospital system says responsible steps taken to prepare for treating COVID-19 patients will cause “enormous” financial losses. Kevin Brown, chief executive of Piedmont Healthcare, declined to name a figure.


April 10, 2020 Rome News-Tribune, Capitol Beat News

Coronavirus-driven unemployment claims soaring in Georgia

Dave Williams reports that nearly 400,000 Georgians filed unemployment claims last week, more than three times the claims filed the week before — and more than were filed during all of last year, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.


April 10, 2020 The Center Square

Kemp: COVID-19 a ‘punch in the gut’ for Georgia farmers

Naymekye Daniel reports that Georgia farmers are facing less of a demand for products because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Gov. Brian Kemp said. Kemp called COVID-19 another “punch in the gut” for farmers who still are reeling from Hurricane Michael’s landfall in Georgia in October 2018.


April 10, 2020 Gainesville Times

What’s being done to make sure there are workers to pick crops

Nathen Berg reports that Georgia Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are at the forefront of a movement which would ensure farmers around the country have access to the workers they need to keep the food supply stable. In a letter sent to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Eugen Scalia and U.S. Department of Homeland Security acting secretary Chad Wolf, Loeffler and Perdue stressed the importance of adding flexibility to the H-2A program to make sure farmers have access to requisite amounts of labor during harvest time.


April 10, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Firm launches Coronavirus Advisory Hub for business, HR, executive leaders

Katie Nussbaum reports that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, small business owners are faced with more decisions and information than ever before, from applying for loans to filing for employees unemployment claims. Recently launched Coronavirus Advisory Hub from OneDigital is helping them make informed decisions by putting all the tools and resources in one spot.


April 10, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Business Casual: Respecting Traditions

Susan Percy writes, I’m a pushover for traditions, rituals, customs – even a little pomp and circumstance every now and then. All those things, I believe, strengthen families, communities and countries. They enrich our private lives and lend stability to our public institutions.


April 10, 2020 Georgia Health News

Pandemic brings financial trouble for many doctors

Andy Miller reports, an irony about COVID-19 — the greatest public health threat in a century — is that many doctors’ offices are now basically empty. The pandemic has led to much lower patient volumes for physicians across Georgia.


April 10, 2020 Athens Banner-Herald

$23.7 million in stimulus funds slated for UGA

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia will get $23.7 million from the federal COVID-19 stimulus package, according to a database posted by the Chronicle of Higher Education. About $11.9 million of that is a minimum allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students.


April 10, 2020 New York Times

Poultry Worker’s Death Highlights Spread of Coronavirus in Meat Plants

Miriam Jordan and Caitlin Dickerson report that Annie Grant, 55, had been feverish for two nights. Worried about the coronavirus outbreak, her adult children had begged her to stay home rather than return to the frigid poultry plant in Georgia where she had been on the packing line for nearly 15 years. But on the third day she was ill, they got a text from their mother. “They told me I had to come back to work,” it said.


April 10, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Congressional Dems want more food stamp funding during pandemic

Jill Nolin reports that Democratic lawmakers want to prioritize food insecurity in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. The issue is of concern in Georgia, where the prevalence of food insecurity is higher than the national average, according to Feeding America, a national hunger-relief organization. About 1.5 million Georgians — or about one in seven residents — struggle with hunger.


April 10, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Perdue’s Democratic rivals race to link him with Loeffler

Greg Bluestein reports that the three leading Democrats competing to challenge U.S. Sen. David Perdue are racing to link him to U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler as she tries to tamp down an uproar over her stock transactions during the coronavirus pandemic.

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