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The last year and a half has placed tremendous burden on health care workers, particularly those on the frontlines. The often, unrelenting stress which is a near constant for many workers, could put them at risk for burnout. New research from the University of Georgia shows physical activity could help lower that risk. Dr. Marilyn Wolff is the lead author of that story.

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Georgia schools are set to receive 1.4 billion dollars in federal stimulus funds—the final third of the total 4.2 billion dollars allocated under the American Rescue Plan to support Georgia’s K-12 schools.

The US Department of Education approved Georgia’s plan to spend the funds Thursday, something that is required for states to receive the remaining third of the funding. Georgia will distribute 90 percent of the total 4.2 billion dollars directly to school districts.

Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order on Saturday that will allow Georgia cities and counties to pass local mask mandates.

The order also extends restrictions that have been in place for most of the summer, including a shelter-in-place order for the “medically fragile,” bans on large gatherings and safety requirements for businesses. Kemp also dropped his lawsuit that sought to block Atlanta’s mask mandate, citing a stalemate in settlement negotiations.

COVID On Rise in Athens-Clarke

Jul 26, 2021

Positive cases [of COVID-19]in Athens-Clarke County are on the rise once again this week.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, there are 13,111 cases of coronavirus in Clarke County. The county also has a 6.6% PCR test positivity rate out of 1,598 tests administered in the past 14 days. Surrounding counties are also seeing their positivity rates increasing as well.

This week, Oconee County has a 5.5% positive rate and Jackson County is now at 10.3%. Madison County also has a higher rate at 9.7%, and Barrow County at 8.4%.

Historic Athens and Mayor Kelly Girtz’s office are partnering together to document the Impact Urban Renewal has had on Athens, as well as to remedy past damage. The Mayor’s Office is funding an internship at the nonprofit so that additional records can be digitized.

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