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COVID-19 Cases in Georgia

20 hours ago
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Georgia is reporting more than 302-thousand cases of COVID-19 infections today, with the death toll at 6,537. Just over 27-thousand people have been hospitalized, with ICU admissions approaching 5,000.

Athens-Clarke County is reporting 4,821 cases of coronavirus infections and 41 deaths, that’s up three from Thursday’s numbers. Barrow County is reporting 2,054 case and 44 deaths, Jackson has 1,855 cases with 30 deaths, Madison County comes in with 657 cases and 8 deaths, Oconee County has 704 and 25 deaths and Oglethorpe County has 310 case with 11 deaths.

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Jackson EMC crews are heading to help storm-stricken residents in Alabama. Heavy rain and strong winds resulted in widespread power outages in Summerdale, Alabama. According to a release from the company, 11 Jackson EMC employees are going to assist Baldwin EMC to help restore power to approximately 77,000 members. Sally also affected Jackson EMC members and linemen who worked through Thursday morning to restore power locally.  

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An Athens nonprofit dedicated to helping area youth is receiving some assistance from a local artist. AthFest Educates is getting a new mural downtown.

Time and the elements have taken a toll on the Washington Street mural which is in the process of being replaced. Artist, David Hale is revamping his original panels, “20 Georgia Songbirds”, and will create a new work of art for the nonprofit.

UGA Hosts Early Voting at Stegeman Coliseum

22 hours ago
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The University of Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum will be used as an early voting site for the general election in November. 

UGA offered the coliseum as an advanced voting site on Thursday morning, and state and local officials approved the location shortly after. 

UGA’s decision was made in response to criticism from a previous statement, which said the university would not hold an early voting site on campus due to lack of space in the Tate Student Center, which served as a voting site in previous elections.  

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Companies are struggling to recruit diverse volunteers in final U.S. tests of possible COVID-19 vaccines.

Minority enrollment in studies of two shots has inched up in recent weeks, but even more is needed this fall as additional vaccine testing gets underway over the next two months. New recruitment efforts are gearing up, with the help of trusted voices in hard-hit communities of color, such as Spanish-speaking “health promoters” and Black pastors. The outreach is getting a late start. But it's critical to prove if the vaccines work in all the populations who will need them.