Jeff Dantre

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COVID Climbs in Athens-Clarke

Jul 30, 2021

COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Athens-Clarke County.

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 36 new COVID cases in Clarke County yesterday. This number is tied with Wednesday, the 28th, for the highest number of new cases since early March. The PCR test positivity rate for the past two weeks in Athens increased to 10.3%, showing steady growth in cases since last month.

Surrounding counties are seeing similar surges. Madison County's 2-week PCR testing positivity rate is 14.1% and Jackson County is at 14.8%.


Former UGA football coach Mark Richt has disclosed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Richt, who spent three years at Miami after a 15-year tenure at Georgia, retired in 2018 with a 171-64 record and joined the ACC Network.

Parkinson's is a brain disorder that can cause shaking and trouble with balance and coordination. Symptoms usually begin mild and get progressively worse over time. Richt and his wife Katharyn recently moved back to Athens after living in Florida for several years.

Starting Sunday, Georgians who are receiving unemployment payments will have to submit evidence to the state department of labor that they’re looking for work.

Teresa MacCartney will be the acting chancellor of Georgia’s university system as regents remain at an apparent impasse over efforts to name former Gov. Sonny Perdue as the leader of 26 universities and colleges.

Regents voted unanimously Wednesday to name MacCartney to take the reins from outgoing Chancellor Steve Wrigley when he retires June 30. But the “acting” title could signify that they expect MacCartney, now the system’s executive vice chancellor of administration, to hold the post for only a short while.

The state’s top judge says Georgia courts can continue to hold proceedings using video and other remote technology adopted in response to the coronavirus pandemic for at least another year.

In late March 2020, the Georgia Supreme Court issued orders to temporarily clarify and change video conferencing rules for the state’s courts. Those temporary rules would have ended when an order declaring a statewide judicial emergency expires, which is expected to happen at the end of this month.