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Piedmont Athens Seeks Donations for COVID-19 Fund

19 hours ago


Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center has created a coronavirus (COVID-19)-specific fund, called the COVID-19 Infrastructure Fund, intended to enhance and accelerate the work that is being done to take care of the communities the hospital serves. 

“We’ve seen amazing support from the Athens and surrounding communities,” said Tammy Gilland, executive director of philanthropy for the Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation. “With many people in our community still inquiring how they can help, we wanted to create a donation fund that these supporters can contribute to.”

Blood Donations, Funds Needed in COVID-19 Battle

21 hours ago
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

There is no shortage of organizations in need of assistance during the coronavirus pandemic, and Athenians wanting to help in a variety of ways. The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to donate blood during this time. The organization says every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Visit RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-Red Cross or 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment.

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing hundreds of millions of people here in the U.S. and around the world to modify their behavior from shelter-in-place orders to lockdowns elsewhere. And that, mental health experts say, is causing stress reactions.

"All of the grocery stores that have been stripped of food--chicken and beef and all the cleaning supplies and masks--all these things just shows the degree of fear and overpreparation perhaps that might be going on."


While unemployment numbers are skyrocketing around the nations, state and locally. One Athens man is trying to assist those in need. Lemuel LaRoche also known as Life the Griot is the founder of Chess and Community and an instructor at UGA’s school of Social Work. He says as bad as the numbers are, especially in the hospitality industry, some Athenians are even harder hit.

Georgia Cases of COVID-19 Climb

22 hours ago
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More than 75-hundred people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Pubic Health reports 7,558 cases as of this afternoon. 294 have died in the state while 1,393 remained hospitalized. Seventy-two cases have been confirmed in Clarke County, resulting in eight deaths.

Barrow County has 29 cases and three deaths, Oconee has 24 cases, no deaths. Jackson County, 18 cases, no deaths. Madison County has nine cases and one death. Oglethorpe County has one case and one death.

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Athens News Matters

Athens News Matters: April 3, 2020

Apr 3, 2020

This week on Athens News Matters, hear:

As health care providers are struggling to keep a supply of personal protective equipment, one Athens maker is turning to 3D printing to help alleviate the PPE shortage.

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Athens News Matters: How Long Will It Take to Reboot the Local Economy?

Apr 3, 2020

It’s anyone’s guess when our lifestyles return to normal, but it’s a safe bet that sometime, we’ll be back to dining in restaurants, going to concerts, and meeting friends for drinks. Once social distancing restrictions are lifted, how long could it take to reboot the local service economy?

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NPR News

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats will push to include a new hazard pay program for frontline workers in the coronavirus pandemic in the next legislative vehicle that passes Congress in response to the crisis.

"We are asking these workers to take great risks and we should reward them for it," Schumer told reporters Tuesday on a conference call.

The Democratic proposal has two main components: up to a $25,000 pay increase for essential workers, and a one-time $15,000 incentive to help recruit new health care workers during the pandemic.

Humanitarian groups say they've never had to face a challenge like the novel coronavirus.

"We've never had to respond to a crisis that has simultaneously impacted every single office that we run in the world at the same time," says Elinor Raikes, head of program delivery at the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organization that operates in 40 countries.

Updated at 3:28 p.m. ET

Homeowners who've lost their jobs or income say their lenders are demanding punishing terms if they take part in what's supposed to be a government effort to help them.

In order to avoid a wave of home loan defaults, Congress and regulators told lenders that they have to let homeowners defer payments if they've been hurt financially during the coronavirus crisis.

A lawsuit over the fiery loss of recording materials, spurred on by a New York Times Magazine investigation published last year, has ended. For now.

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