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FORT GAINES — State Rep. Gerald Greene and Coral Hospitality have announced that, given the current situation in regards to COVID-19 and reduced business levels, certain operations are being suspended at George T. Bagby State Park at this time until further notice.

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ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp announced Sunday that President Trump has declared a major disaster for all 159 Georgia counties due to the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in a statewide Public Health Emergency being declared on March 14.

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While the COVID-19 outbreak started as an international story that felt distant to many of us, this global pandemic has clearly become an issue impacting Georgians in every corner of our state.

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LEESBURG — Corrections officials are struggling to combat the rising spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails throughout the state. The disease has led to one death, and more than two dozen other people are either known to be infected or showing potential symptoms.

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ATLANTA – On March 14, Gov. Brian Kemp authorized the activation of up to 2,000 members of the Georgia National Guard in order to combat COVID-19. At this time, more than 170 service members have been activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have mobilized to support requests from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and Georgia Department of Public Health.

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ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Labor addressed the unprecedented demand for economic relief for Georgians as witnessed in the recent unemployment claims numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor. Kemp signed an Executive Order allowing GDOL Commissioner Mark Butler to issue two new emergency rules.

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ALBANY — With employees from throughout the Pretoria Fields Collective — including brewers, nurses, farm workers and med student volunteers — working around the clock, the downtown Albany Pretoria Fields Brewery has become ground zero for hand sanitizer production and distribution in the region.

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Elected and appointed officials from Georgia’s 159 counties have prepared for and are addressing issues arising from the spread of COVID-19, doing so in part with information being provided daily by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG).

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ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp called on all Georgia businesses that are able to help the state provide, produce, distribute, or store critical health care items needed to fight the spread of COVID-19.

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ATLANTA — Social distancing is a vital tool to help seniors avoid COVID-19. But it may be exacerbating a longtime problem for older people: social isolation, which can lead to loneliness.

Just a few days ago, we were complaining about life’s little annoyances. The pastor’s sermon was too long. Standing in line for more than five minutes at the checkout line, or the fast food place.

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ATHENS — Georgia pecan growers should be monitoring for ambrosia beetles now, especially if they have planted new trees or their orchards include trees that are less than 3 years old. The tell-tale sawdust “toothpicks” sticking out of trees is a sure sign of ambrosia beetles boring into trees.

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ATLANTA — Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black is applauding the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency for releasing a memo giving guidance regarding the critical infrastructure industry during the COVID-19 response. Food and agriculture are among those industries listed as essential to continuing critical infrastructure viability.

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ATLANTA — In the midst of the uncertainty that many are now feeling, officials with the Georgia Council for the Arts say they want to alleviate any potential concerns regarding GCA grants. A release by the agency provides arts programs with the most up to date information on resources available to the arts community.

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News from churches around Clayton and Henry counties.