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Fauci warns coronavirus could kill as many as 200,000 Americans

The Guardian (REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading US government infectious disease expert, offered a grim prediction on Sunday (March 29): the coronavirus could kill as many as 200,000 Americans. “Looking at what we’re seeing now, I would say between 100,000 and 200,000… deaths,” Fauci told CNN’s State of the Union, then […]

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Kemp Closes K-12 Public Schools Through April 24

Atlanta, GA – MARCH 26. Today Governor Brian P. Kemp issued Executive Order 03.26.20.02 closing public elementary and secondary schools for in-person instruction through April 24, 2020. Students may return to school on Monday, April 27, 2020. “I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents, and parents […]

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Fauci says US needs to be prepared for coronavirus to be cyclical

AP NEWS — Americans need to be prepared for the possibility that COVID-19 could become a seasonal disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Wednesday (March 25). Fauci told reporters during a White House briefing that more cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus have begun to appear in the Southern Hemisphere, which is transitioning […]

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Gov. Kemp Signs Midyear Amended Budget

AP News ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law a midyear amended budget that includes $100 million in emergency funding to combat the new coronavirus. The emergency money was pulled from the state’s $2.8 billion reserves for the budget that the governor signed Tuesday (March 17). Despite that new money, the […]

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Tax Deadline Extension: What You Need to Know

Due to the stress that the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is putting on the economic system and society at large, the federal government is giving Americans an extra 90 days to work on their taxes. That means everyone has until July 15 to prepare, file and pay their taxes. This means you can technically heave […]

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City Approves $750,000 Purchase to Move Maintenance Shop

By Bree Collar, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer — A $750,000 purchase of property to relocate the City of Blue Ridge’s maintenance shop was approved March 10, opening up new possibilities for the current shop location. A city shop move, rezoning request approval and steps toward enacting a storm water management ordinance and watershed protection plan […]

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Kemp Authorizes Call of Georgia National Guard for COVID-19 Response

Atlanta, GA – Today (March 14) Governor Brian P. Kemp issued Executive Order 03.14.20.02 authorizing Adjutant General Tom Carden–at the request of Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Homer Bryson–to call up as many as 2,000 Georgia National Guard troops to State Active Duty to address novel coronavirus and COVID-19 in Georgia. “Through extensive […]

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Trump Declares National Emergency To Fight COVID-19

By Elaine Owen, Editor President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday (March 13) to help combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up billions of dollars to fund the response and help states, small businesses and individuals while allowing for a broader federal role in coordination. The emergency declaration allows agencies to waive rules and allow […]

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Rep. Brett Harrell to Introduce 2020 Budget and Tax Reform Package

ATLANTA – State Representative Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, today announced that he will introduce tax reform legislation which seeks to cut personal income taxes. Chairman Harrell made the announcement at the Atlanta Press Club today with Speaker of the House David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) and House Appropriations Chairman […]

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Army institute developing COVID-19 diagnostic test, vaccine

By Patricia Kime, Military Times It’s been all hands on deck since Jan. 10 at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, WRAIR, working to develop a vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus, now responsible for 91,000 illnesses and at least 3,000 deaths worldwide. The date marks the first publication of the virus’s genetic makeup — […]

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