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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reversing course on some masking guidelines. The agency announced new recommendations Tuesday that even vaccinated people should return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Athens Clarke County with 36 new cases reported today by the Georgia Department of Public Health. That’s the highest number of new cases in a single day for the county since Spring.

The upward trend is also true statewide, as Georgia reported the highest number of new cases for a single day in months, at 3,724 total new COVID-19 cases.

In Jackson County, the PCR test positivity rate increased to 12.1% for the past two weeks and Georgia DPH reported 14 total cases today for the county.

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 A man accused of killing eight people, most of them women of Asian descent, at Atlanta-area massage businesses pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday to the four killings that took place in Cherokee County and was handed four sentences of life without parole. Robert Aaron Long, 22, still faces the death penalty in the four other deaths, which are being prosecuted in Fulton county. 

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Athens is in the middle of the pack when it comes to the best cities for new home purchases for first-time buyers. Athens comes in at 153 out of 300 cities on WalletHub’s list of 2021’s Best & Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers. Analyst Jill Gonzalez.

All Clarke County students will now have to wear masks once school starts. Effectively immediately, all staff students, and visitors on any Clarke County School District property are required to wear masks while indoors. The district announced changes to its COVID protocol Monday.

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