Coronavirus

‘Goodnight with Dolly’: Country star to read bedtime stories to kids online

The Facebook event “will feature Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time.”

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

R. B. Wright Elementary spreads joy to their students

Moultrie martial arts studio moves classes online

Thomasville City Schools start handing out weekly meals

  US cities brace for coronavirus spread; Spain’s hospitals at breaking point

Moultrie native’s life during Italy’s lockdown

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Archbold reports first COVID-19 deaths

  NY Rep. Velazquez tests positive for COVID-19

Tracking SWGA coronavirus cases

Americus senior living home resident tests positive for COVID-19

Blakely mayor announces COVID-19 diagnosis

Photo of health care workers flying to help NY gets love

  Wall Street pushes higher, led by surging health care stocks

The relatively tentative moves in the market follow last week’s stellar performance, where the S&P 500 surged 10.2% for its biggest weekly gain since the market hit bottom in 2009 following the financial crisis.

Florida pastor arrested for violating rules amid virus outbreak

Florida officials have arrested the pastor of a megachurch after detectives say he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

  FBI: ‘Don’t fall victim to stimulus check scams’

Officials say don’t fall victim to phone calls, texts, e-mails or websites that ask for personal or financial information in order to receive your federal payment.

  Crisp Co. ambulances cannot test for COVID-19

Crisp Regional has an established hotline for COVID-19.

Dougherty Co. leaders hold Monday press conference on COVID-19 latest

‘They’re passing away without loved ones:’ Nurse helps dying patient speak to family one last time

  How to avoid aches and pains while working from home during coronavirus pandemic

  Singer John Prine is in stable condition, his wife says

WATCH: Italian twins strike a chord with Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ in a coronavirus world

  At least 130 test positive for coronavirus at Tenn. nursing home, including 2 deaths

  Traveling to Florida? You may be stopped at a checkpoint

People entering Florida driving on the Interstate will be screened near the state line as the state looks to stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Time to ‘revenge shop’: China’s coronavirus hot spot reopens

Officials are under orders to revive manufacturing, retailing and other industries while also preventing a spike in infections as people return to work.

Phoebe reports 9 additional COVID-19 deaths in daily numbers Monday

Over 1,000 patients are still waiting on test results.

  Macy’s to furlough majority of its 130,000 workers amid coronavirus outbreak

Macy’s says it will stop paying tens of thousands of employees who were thrown out of work when the chain closed its stores in response to collapsing sales during the pandemic.

Local farmers work to keep grocery stores stocked

Some of the safety measures they're implementing include keeping one farmer assigned to their own tractor or equipment, riding to fields separately and encouraging them to stock up on groceries at home and stay there when they're not working.

  Student learns she’s school valedictorian at drive-thru window where she works

The high school principal didn't let her school’s closure stop her from announcing this year's valedictorian and salutatorian.

County-by-county COVID-19 tracker

We are updating this county-by-county map to illustrate the number of COVID-19 cases in each county in the United States per capita.

Waitr announces additional efforts to keep customers, employees safe during COVID-19 outbreak

Waitr has announced its latest efforts to help protect restaurant partners, employees and customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

LIST: SWGA cities, counties enact curfews for COVID-19

A number of Southwest Georgia cities and counties have issued curfews in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dutch museum says van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid

The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam says “Spring Garden” by the Dutch master was taken in the early hours of Monday.

Colquitt Regional reports first COVID-19 death

The hospital CEO said that “out of respect for the privacy of the patient’s family, we are unable to share any further information.”

  Prince Charles ends isolation period for coronavirus

Royal officials said last week the 71-year-old heir to the British throne was showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and self-isolating at the royal family’s Balmoral estate in Scotland.

  Is takeout safe to eat during the coronavirus outbreak? Experts explain.

There has not been evidence to show the virus is transmitted by eating food.

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump gets a reality check on coronavirus

For weeks, President Donald Trump carved out a trail of groundless assurances about the coronavirus pandemic as health officials, governors and local officials sounded the alarm about what was coming — and already here.

  Blissful ignorance? Submariners likely unaware of coronavirus pandemic

Mariners aboard ballistic submarines are habitually spared bad news while underwater to avoid undermining their morale, say current and former officers who served aboard France's nuclear-armed subs.

  Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021

Last week, the IOC and Japanese organizers postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Trump uses wartime act but GM says it’s already moving fast

President Donald Trump, claiming the company wasn't moving fast enough, on Friday invoked the Defense Production Act, which gives the government broad authority to direct companies to meet national defense needs.

  Instacart workers seek strike as jobs get busier, riskier due to coronavirus

The Gig Workers Collective is calling for a nationwide walk-out after asking Instacart to provide workers with hazard pay and protective gear, among other demands.

  Liberty University denies report of returning students with coronavirus symptoms

Liberty says no students in the residence halls have had “sufficient symptoms” to get tested for the virus after a report from The New York Times claimed "nearly a dozen" had shown symptoms.

  Co-writer of ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ dies from coronavirus complications

Alan Merrill, who co-wrote the song “I Love Rock and Roll” that became a signature hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett, has died from COVID-19 complications at the age of 69.

  As virus makes goodbyes hard, fears of many more rise in US

The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as smoldering hotspots in nursing homes and a growing list of stricken cities heightened the sense of dread across the country.

John Prine in critical condition with COVID-19 symptoms

The family of John Prine says the singer-songwriter is critically ill and has been placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms.

Dougherty Co. Judicial Building closed through May 17

According to the order, it was determined that it is no longer feasible to allow the courthouse to remain open to the general public after a number of courthouse employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Albany Utilities closes drive-thru in response to COVID-19

Customers will be able to make utility payments at the night drop boxes, by phone, alternate sites and online.

  Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

Country music star Joe Diffie died of complications from coronavirus at 61.

Phoebe reports Sunday COVID-19 numbers

Over the last 24 hours, Phoebe officials said they received their largest number of daily COVID-19 test results so far.

  Iran defends virus response as Syria reports first death

Iran's president on Sunday lashed out at criticism of authorities' lagging response to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, saying the government has to weigh economic concerns as it takes measures to contain the pandemic.

Gov. Kemp announces federal approval of major disaster declaration

On Sunday, Gov. Brian Kemp announced that President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster for all 159 Georgia counties due to the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic.

  Relief package billions can’t buy hospitals out of shortages amid coronavirus outbreak

For more than a week, governors have pushed back against administration assurances that supplies are available now, bitterly complaining to President Donald Trump that there's no coordination.

Brooks Co. sees first confirmed case of COVID-19

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) South Health District said they received confirmation of four new cases of COVID-19.

  A team of experts helps battle Coronavirus in South Georgia

Dr. Charles Ruis said the hospital is planning to find ways to decrease the number of COVID-19 cases in Albany by working with the National Guard and Infectious Disease Specialists.

  Albany mayor urges businesses to comply with State of Emergency

Dorough is urging people to limit their travel to and from grocery stores. However, the mayor said he is asking stores to continue to take the proper safety methods.

  Age is not the only risk for severe coronavirus disease

Older people remain most at risk of dying as the new coronavirus continues its rampage around the globe, but they’re far from the only ones vulnerable.

  Coronavirus makes it harder for campaigns to ask for money

With a recession potentially on the horizon, there's a question of whether wealthy donors are in a giving mood and whether grassroots supporters who chip in small amounts will still have the wherewithal to keep at it.

  World Health Organization encourages playing video games during coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization is encouraging people all over the world to play video games during the coronavirus outbreak.

  Dog delivers groceries to Colo. neighbor self-isolating due to coronavirus

When a Colorado woman with underlying health issues had to self-isolate, her neighbors thought of a clever way to help her get her groceries.

  Doctor sees son crawl for first time through glass door after coronavirus separates family

An Arkansas father is among the many healthcare workers separated from their families while on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump: No quarantine, but travel advisory for NY, CT and NJ

President Donald Trump backed away from calling for a quarantine for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, instead directing Saturday night that a “strong Travel Advisory” be issued to stem the spread of the outbreak.

North Korea test fires missiles amid worries about coronavirus

In recent weeks, North Korea has fired a slew of missiles and artillery shells into the sea in an apparent effort to upgrade its military capability amid deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States.

  ‘Off the charts’: Virus hotspots grow in middle America; Illinois infant with virus dies

The U.S. leads the world in reported cases with more than 112,000, but five countries exceed its roughly 1,700 deaths.

  Second Harvest Food Bank working hard during coronavirus pandemic

McCall said the food bank is taking all the necessary precautions to keep their workers safe.

3 more national parks close to prevent coronavirus spread

Three more of America's most popular national parks have closed their gates as pressure mounts on superintendents to prevent crowded trails that could lead to more spread of the coronavirus even as the Trump administration sticks to its decision to waive entrance fees at the parks.

Ga. National Guard deploys medical support team to Albany to fight COVID-19

At this time, over 170 service members are activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Albany leaders create plan to help homeless population during pandemic

While many South Georgia families are practicing shelter-in-place in their homes, Albany city leaders are concerned about the people who have no home.

‘These are challenging times in Southwest Ga.’: Gov. Brian Kemp pens COVID-19 op-ed

These are challenging times in Southwest Georgia and throughout our state and country.

National Guard visits Phoebe; Hospital system releases Saturday COVID-19 numbers

Over the last 24 hours, Phoebe received its largest number of daily COVID-19 test results so far. The 250 total results included 91 positives and 159 negatives, with no additional deaths.

WATCH LIVE: Dougherty Co. leaders hold Saturday COVID-19 press conference

Dougherty County leaders are addressing the latest developments on COVID-19.

Google donates $800 million, provides ad grants as part of coronavirus response

The tech company says it is giving the World Health Organization and global government agencies $250 million in ad grants.

Highlights of Trump-signed $2.2T economic relief package

Highlights of a $2.2 trillion package to help businesses, workers and a health care system staggered by the coronavirus that President Donald Trump signed into law Friday after the House voted final congressional approval.

  ‘It’s been quite a journey’: Arlington distillery now making hand sanitizer

A Southwest Georgia distillery is trading in wine and spirits for hand sanitizer.

  Trump seeks to force GM to produce ventilators; Infections worldwide top 590,000

Italy, with by far the most deaths from COVID-19, surpassed China and the U.S. to also record the most infections in the world. With numbers rising in the U.S., though, the grim distinction could be temporary.

  Mike’s Country Store rebuts COVID-19 price gouging claims; curbside pick on the way

A Southwest Georgia store owner said he is not price gouging at his stores.

Albany leaders address community issues and problems during press conference

With new reports of the coronavirus spreading rapidly through Dougherty County.

US government looks to continue feeding students

The U.S. federal government is turning to public/private partnerships to keep feeding students in need after the global pandemic forced nationwide school closures.

  Volunteers show support to those on pandemic front line

Volunteers with the Albany Chain Gang and South Georgia Disasters placed signs at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on Thursday.

  COVID-19 impacting some South GA animal shelters

The shelter is down to just five workers, working seven days a week.

  Bainbridge community follows curfew put in place

The city of Bainbridge is now under a curfew until April 6, according to Bainbridge Public Safety.

Peeps production stops, but Easter is taken care of

No more Peeps are being hatched for at least a couple of weeks — but it shouldn't affect Easter baskets.