Georgia Trend Daily – April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020

Governor Kemp Issues Statewide State of Emergency for Severe Weather Damage

Staff reports that yesterday, Governor Kemp declared a statewide state of emergency following severe storm damage across Georgia over the last twenty-four hours.


April 14, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite nominations open

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 10, 2020, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite listing will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 16 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2020 issue.


April 14, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta requests waiver to keep U.S. Virgin Islands flights on hold

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines wants to keep its flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands on hold amid travel restrictions in place because of the coronavirus, according to a request filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation.


April 14, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Marcus Foundation gives $2.1M to Grady Healthcare System to prepare for surge of COVID-19 patients

Grace Donnelly reports that the Marcus Foundation, the philanthropic organization of Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, has made a $2.1 million grant to the Grady Healthcare System in order to fast-track Grady’s surge capacity plan. The money will help to stand up patient beds, which are currently down by 220 due to the flooding experienced by the hospital in late 2019.


April 14, 2020 USDA

USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

Staff reports that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (PDF, 349 KB) is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.


April 14, 2020 GPB

Georgia Expands COVID-19 Testing Criteria, Hospital Capacity As Peak Approaches

Stephen Fowler reports that Gov. Brian Kemp said in a Monday press conference Georgia will expand COVID-19 testing sites and revise the criteria for who can get tested as the state enters its second full week under a stay-at-home order. The governor called Georgia’s lag in testing numbers unacceptable.


April 14, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Local colleges receive over $10 million in coronavirus aid

Kenya Hunter reports that the four colleges in Floyd County received over $10 million from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, the CARES Act. At least half of it, according to the U.S. Department of Education, should go directly to students in emergency aid.


April 14, 2020 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb gets $18 million for public transit

Rosie Manins reports that in total, a little more than $522 million was made available to Georgia transit operators by the Federal Transit Administration under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, according to a Monday news release from the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority.


April 14, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Savannah medical startup launches free training module to help public care for loved ones with COVID-19

Katie Nussbaum reports that Savannah-based health care startup Febris Medical has launched a free online training module designed to help members of the general public care for a loved one who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is exhibiting coronavirus symptoms. The module, which focuses on at-home care, is available at


April 14, 2020 Albany Herald

Collective creates fund to aid farmers during pandemic

Staff reports that local food organizations Georgia Organics, Food Well Alliance, Community Farmers Markets, Wholesome Wave Georgia, Global Growers Network, The Common Market Southeast, and Atlanta Farmers Coalition have teamed up to create a way for people to support local food and the farmers who grow it: The Farmer Fund COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign.


April 14, 2020 Athens Banner-Herald

Creature Comforts bottles new product in response to the coronavirus

Chris Starrs reports, in its six years of operation, Creature Comforts Brewing has been known (and lauded) for its products that wet one’s whistle. In the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Athens-born brewery can now also be known for its product that keeps hands clean.


April 14, 2020 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta native sworn in as newest Georgia Supreme Court justice

Sandy Hodson reports that Augusta native Carla Wong McMillian has been sworn in as the newest justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. In a private ceremony Friday because of the coronavirus ban on public gatherings, Gov. Brian Kemp swore in McMillian. She is the first Asian Pacific American to serve on the court, and the first to serve on any state supreme court in the Southeast, according to a news release by the Georgia Supreme Court.


April 14, 2020 Georgia Health News

Pandemic could swell Georgia’s Medicaid rolls, numbers of uninsured

Andy Miller reports, even before COVID-19 struck, Georgia had a high rate of people with no health insurance. Now, with job losses piling up amid the pandemic, the number of Georgians without coverage is expected to spike.


April 14, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Georgia transit systems land $522.2M from federal coronavirus stimulus

Dave Williams reports that public transit systems across Georgia will receive $522.2 million from the federal economic stimulus package Congress passed late last month, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday. The money is being made available by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) out of the $150 billion in the stimulus package dedicated to helping state and local governments offset financial losses from the coronavirus pandemic.


April 14, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Senate: Warnock to report raising $1.5M since joining the race

Greg Bluestein reports that the Rev. Raphael Warnock will report that he raised roughly $1.5 million over a two-month span since joining the contest for U.S. Senate, setting an early financial marker as he tries to consolidate Democratic support in a volatile free-for-all race.


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