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Millions more children in the U.S. are learning that they’re unlikely to return to classrooms full time in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It came as death tolls reached new highs Friday and many states in the Sunbelt and elsewhere struggle to cope with the surge. In a sign of how the virus is galloping around the globe, the World Health Organization reported nearly a quarter-million new cases in a single day.

California laid out strict criteria for school reopenings that makes classroom instruction unlikely for most.

Leaders Disagree on When Georgia Lawmakers Should Return

Apr 24, 2020
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With Georgia’s legislative session suspended, the two Republicans who must agree on when to return continue to eye different dates. House Speaker David Ralston wrote a letter to House members Friday reiterating his preference for the General Assembly to return to the capitol on June 11.

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is planning a news conference where he's expected to discuss plans for reopening the state as health officials continue battling the spread of the coronavirus. Kemp, Lt Gov. Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston are expected to discuss the issue at the briefing Monday afternoon.

The University of Georgia has announced Commencement ceremonies for its spring 2020 graduates, inviting them to join together and celebrate their accomplishments inside Sanford Stadium and Stegeman Coliseum this fall—provided these gatherings are declared safe by federal and state health officials, university President Jere W. Morehead announced Friday.


In a letter to graduates, Morehead shared the university’s new Commencement plans:


Georgia COVID-19 Cases

Apr 13, 2020
Georgia Department of Public Health

There are now more than 13-thousand cases of COVID-19 in Georgia. According to the state Department of Public Health, 13,315 people have coronavirus. 2,589 of those infected are hospitalized and there have been 464 deaths.

Locally, Clarke County has 85 cases and 11 deaths. Barrow has 55 with three deaths. Cases in Oconee County now number 39. Jackson County has 27 cases with one death. In Oglethorpe County there are now 13 cases and one death. Madison County has 10 cases, one death.