Georgia Trend Daily – April 13, 2020

April 13, 2020 GPB

Georgia World Congress Center To Be Used As Temporary Hospital For COVID-19 Patients

Josephine Bennet reports that the Georgia World Congress Center is becoming an alternate hospital as more people in the state become sick with COVID-19. The state expects the number of cases to peak around April 26.


April 13, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

The Children’s Hour

Susan Percy reports that news on the child and adolescent mental health front is not good. Teen suicides are up – way up; anxiety and depression are increasing. The situation demands attention and solutions.


April 13, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia textile firms join forces to churn out medical equipment

Tamar Hallerman reports that it started as a small-scale effort to help friends on the front lines of northwest Georgia’s coronavirus response. Within days it blossomed into an unusual partnership between a handful of textile companies to craft and assemble hundreds of thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment desperately needed by nearby hospitals.


April 13, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia bread-maker gives $5.6M in ‘appreciation bonuses’

Eric Mandel reports that Georgia bread-maker Flowers Foods said it baked a bonus into the compensation for its frontline employees working through the COVID-19 pandemic. Flower Foods Inc. said it paid approximately $5.6 million in “appreciation bonuses” to 11,757 eligible hourly and nonexempt employees, leased labor and contract workers.


April 13, 2020 Albany Herald

Georgia State Labor Department updates system to distribute federal unemployment funds

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Labor is updating its current systems to distribute federal unemployment funds as part of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) bringing economic relief to many Georgians.


April 13, 2020

Georgia’s Global Manufacturers Retool to Help Health System Fight COVID-19

Trevor Williams reports that even as they deal with a maze of restrictions, new safety protocols and uncertainty about their own operations, manufacturers across Georgia, many of them with foreign parent companies, have found ways to step up and fight the COVID-19 pandemic within the state and beyond.


April 13, 2020 Brunswick News

Georgia hospitals to receive $792 million in funding to fight COVID-19

Staff reports that Georgia hospitals will receive $792 million in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to help combat the COVID-19 outbreak. It is a portion of $30 billion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stability Act funding being released today by the HHS.


April 13, 2020 Emory University

Emory Board of Trustees Names Gregory L. Fenves as 21st President

Staff reports that Emory University Board of Trustees announced today that Gregory L. Fenves, president of The University of Texas (UT) at Austin, has been elected as the 21st president of Emory University by a unanimous vote of the board. Fenves will assume office on August 1, 2020. Fenves succeeds Claire E. Sterk, who announced her retirement in November 2019 after serving as Emory’s president since 2016.


April 13, 2020 Saporta Report

Coronavirus pandemic spurring collaboration among Atlanta’s nonprofits

Maria Saporta reports that the COVID-19 crisis has had at least one positive impact in Atlanta – an unprecedented level of cooperation among local nonprofits. The best example is the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the United Way of Greater Atlanta.


April 13, 2020 University of Georgia

‘Natural killer’ cells could halt Parkinson’s progression

Charlene Betourney reports that researchers at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center and their colleagues have found that “natural killer” white blood cells could guard against the cascade of cellular changes that lead to Parkinson’s disease and help stop its progression. Natural killer (NK) cells are white blood cells that can kill tumors without being “told” from the body to do so.


April 13, 2020 Georgia Health News

Southwest Georgia hit especially hard; convention center turning into hospital

Andy Miller reports that all but two of Georgia’s 159 counties have at least one case of COVID-19. Both these counties have very few people. Taliaferro, in east Georgia, is the least populous county in the state, with about 1,600 residents, and nearby Glascock has only about 3,000 people.


April 13, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Georgia Democrats seek broader mail-in vote amid coronavirus

Beau Evans reports that Georgia Democratic Party leaders are pushing for state election officials to send absentee ballots to every voter and pay for postage ahead of the delayed June 9 primary as concerns over coronavirus remain strong. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office has begun mailing absentee ballot request forms to Georgia’s roughly 7 million registered voters for the June 9 presidential and general primaries, which were previously scheduled for May 19.


April 13, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp sets primary day special election to replace longtime Senate budget chief 

James Salzer reports that Gov. Brian Kemp on Saturday set a special election for June 9 to replace longtime Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill, a Reidsville Republican who died earlier this week. Kemp set the special election on the same day Georgia voters will be going to the polls to pick Republican and Democratic nominees for a host of offices, including president, U.S. senator and state legislative posts.


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