Unemployment dips to 13.3% as US added 2.5 million jobs in May

Economists have forecast that the government will report Friday that employers shed 8.5 million more jobs last month on top of 21.4 million lost in March and April.

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

Navy carrier sidelined by virus is back operating in Pacific

NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan

  Study on safety of malaria drugs for coronavirus retracted

JC Penney closing 154 stores in first post-bankruptcy phase

Disney World to open with no parades, fireworks

  UK hosts vaccine summit amid calls for free virus vaccine

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  Autopsy report shows Floyd tested positive for coronavirus

  How to travel safely during COVID-19

Social distancing not required at Trump Mount Rushmore event

  Dougherty Co. leaders hold Thursday COVID-19 press conference

GRAPHS: Tracking Phoebe’s daily COVID-19 numbers

Tracking SWGA coronavirus cases

Phoebe reaches new milestone in COVID-19 fight

Thursday marks the first time that Phoebe hospital system has not had any new COVID-19 patients at its main hospital and no new admissions in the last 24 hours.

  1.9 million seek jobless aid even as reopenings slow layoffs

The diminishing pace suggests that the job market meltdown that was triggered by the coronavirus may have bottomed out as more companies call at least some of their former employees back to work.

  Protests eclipse pandemic, but White House fears resurgence

For weeks, President Donald Trump has been eager to publicly turn the page on the coronavirus pandemic. Now fears are growing within the White House that the very thing that finally shoved the virus from center stage — mass protests over the death of George Floyd — may bring about its resurgence.

Cinema chain AMC warns it may not survive the pandemic

Movie theater chain AMC warned Wednesday that it may not survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered its theaters and led film studios to explore releasing more movies directly to viewers over the internet.

  COVID-19 hospitalizations at all time low since pandemic began

Malaria drug fails to prevent COVID-19 in a rigorous study

Senate passes fix for small-business coronavirus relief

DPH announces additional COVID-19 testing opportunities

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing available in Albany

US job losses in May could raise 3-month total to 30 million

  FDA approves new NASA, Fitbit ventilators

These ventilators are less expensive, short-term options for health care providers.

  Albany Salvation Army store to close, permanently

The Salvation Army said despite the store closure, Salvation Army services will still be available for those in need.

AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart

The NBA has suspended its season on March 11 “until further notice” after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz became the first player in the league to test positive for the coronavirus.

NerdWallet: Ask an expert: Is any travel safe?

Social distancing is still key for pandemic safety, especially while traveling.

Curfews, pandemic test voters in primaries held amid unrest

Polls have begun to close as voters navigated curfews and health concerns in a slate of primary contests that tested the nation’s ability to host elections amid dueling crises.

Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is seeking a new state to host the Republican National Convention after host North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus.

SRTC tutors adjust to new normal during virtual lessons

Tutoring at Southern Regional Technical College have transitioned totally online.

  Teen depression on upswing during pandemic

Experts say parents of teens need to be looking for warning signs of depression.

WATCH LIVE: Kemp, other top state officials address the latest on COVID-19

Gov. Brian Kemp and other top state officials will address the latest on COVID-19 at a Tuesday press conference.

Protests in top 25 virus hot spots ignite fears of contagion

Many of the protests broke out in places where the virus is still circulating widely in the population.

Archbold reports additional COVID-19 death

Archbold has reported an additional COVID-19 death in its weekly report on Tuesday.

  Pucker up: Man drinks lemon juice through straw in record time

David Rush is a tech company senior product manager, who also holds 149 Guinness World Records.

  Parisians return to cafes; Latin America sees virus surge

But as Parisians reclaimed their rhythm of city life, health experts warned that virus cases are still rising in Latin America, the world's latest COVID-19 epicenter.

  Albany court system can’t reopen until certain guidelines are met

Dougherty County courts have been closed since March and they may not reopen again until July.

  GRAPHIC: Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

A military deployment by Trump to U.S. states would mark a stunning federal intervention not seen in modern American history.

Ga. Army National Guard closes Albany COVID-19 testing site

As of Saturday, the Army National Guard closed its testing site in Dougherty County.

  Dougherty Co. coroner explains how COVID-19 deaths are determined

In recent weeks, people have been questioning how coroners and doctors determine the cause of death of COVID-19 patients.

  Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

The House’s staggering $3 trillion package is mothballed in the Senate, where Republicans are focused instead on trimming unemployment benefits and getting Americans back to work. Quick action by Congress is skidding to a halt.

  Tift Regional given the green light to resume elective surgeries

For months, the coronavirus pandemic forced hospitals, like Tift Regional, to delay elective surgeries as doctors turned their attention to treating COVID-19 patients. But now elective procedures are now reopened at the Tifton hospital system.

  Downtown Moultrie business opening soon

One business in Moultrie was set to have its grand opening in April. Because of the coronavirus, those plans have been delayed.

  When there’s a pandemic, have a parade (but do it safely)

The parks and rec team took to the streets of the city dressed as a crazy cast of characters, including Scooby-Doo, Mr. Potato Head and a T-rex.

  Nearly 26,000 nursing home deaths reported as lockdowns ease

The first day of June saw coronavirus restrictions ease from Asia to Europe to the United States on Monday, even as U.S. protests against police brutality sparked fears of new outbreaks.

Gilead says drug helped moderately ill coronavirus patients

Remdesivir is the only treatment that’s been shown in a rigorous experiment to help fight the coronavirus.

Steiner: Phoebe sees fewest COVID-19 patients since March

"This is proof that what people in our community are doing to protect each other and minimize the spread of the virus is working," said Scott Steiner,

  Italy loosens travel restrictions, reopens to tourism

Italians will be allowed to freely move about the country and European Union visitors will be welcomed without quarantine requirements.

Pier 1 closing all stores; bankruptcy approved

Pier 1 can now begin to shut down retail operations in about 500 stores across the country.

  GA Department of Public Health increases workforce to monitor COVID-19

“First thing, we do is call in the contact investigation so we will have a nurse or a epidemiologist staff member to call that infected individual to find out all we can about their case to advise the on isolation and so forth,” said Director of Public Services Charles Ruise.

  Artist with autism thanks essential workers with balloon sculptures

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the balloon artist has used his sculptures to express gratitude to grocery store workers, mail carriers and healthcare workers.

  Remains of Mont. veteran who died from coronavirus lost in mail for months

The Air Force veteran and his wife had been on a trip abroad for their 41st anniversary when he became ill, later dying in the intensive care unit at a Spanish hospital.

  Massive protests worldwide raise fears of new coronavirus outbreaks

Health experts fear that silent carriers of the virus who have no symptoms could unwittingly infect others at packed gatherings with people cheering and jeering, many without masks.

Unrest demonstrates Biden’s challenge in breaking through

Joe Biden will spend the next five months presenting himself as a calming, competent alternative to the tumultuous administration of President Donald Trump.

  Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for coronavirus

Hurricane season officially starts Monday, though Tropical Storms Arthur and Bertha arrived early. Forecasters are expecting a busier-than-normal season.

  NY governor signs bill granting front-line worker death benefits in coronavirus fight

Dozens of police officers, public health workers, transit workers and paramedics have died of COVID-19 in the months since New York became the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.

US food prices see historic jump, are likely to stay high

Big fluctuations in food prices began in March, when the coronavirus pandemic began to sink in for U.S. consumers.

  US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

As some countries have effectively lowered the rate of infections, they have been moving ahead with relaxing restrictions but are keeping a very close eye on developments.

  Partygoer at Missouri’s Lake of Ozarks tests positive for COVID-19

Health officials are seeking to “inform mass numbers of unknown people” after a person who attended crowded pool parties over Memorial Day weekend at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19.

  Albany’s National Guard COVID-19 testing site up until further notice

The Army National Guard’s COVID-19 test site in Albany continues to see steady numbers at its drive-thru.

  SGMC receives Remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment

Nearly 85 Georgia hospitals have received the drug Remdesivir from the Department of Public Health to help treat COVID-19 patients.

  Partners launch project to document COVID-19 pandemic

Five local partners in Thomas County are coming together to make sure this historic pandemic, is documented for years to come.

  Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlooks worsens

In the U.S., the virus threw more than 2 million people out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses, stoking fears the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the world's largest economy.

  Homeless student in Florida graduates as valedictorian

Martin Folsom and his mother have been in and out of homelessness since he was a kid and throughout his four years at A. Philip Randolph Career Academies.

  Coroner asks community to be safe during pandemic

Coroner Michael Fowler says even though the death tolls are going down in Dougherty County, the virus is still here.

  Albany pastor discusses future during pandemic

Church has looked a lot different since Albany became a hotspot for COVID-19 back in March.

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

In the news conference, Trump also said the U.S. would sanction Chinese officials responsible for the eroding autonomy of Hong Kong.

  Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

That means anyone in the U.S. who thought they had the virus in December or early January probably had the flu, public health researchers said.

New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening

New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

  Sewage could be key in detecting coronavirus outbreaks

Germany is among several countries experimenting to see whether sewage could be a COVID-19 early warning system.

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods to reopen all stores in next month

TJX Companies temporarily closed its 4,400 locations on March 19 and began to reopen them on May 2.

  Home healthcare expand services to meet COVID-19 needs

Home healthcare services are continuing to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic and services have even been expanded to include grocery shopping and other errands.

  Secrecy on legislator’s COVID-19 illness roils Pa. statehouse

A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker’s decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate.

Phoebe issues Friday’s COVID-19 numbers

PPMH has fewer hospitalized COVID-19 patients, more recovered patients and no additional deaths, and they certainly hope those trends continue.

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

The money, included in a government relief package enacted in March, is set to expire July 31.

  US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

‘I’m very disappointed’: Albany mayor says we need to continue wearing masks

Albany Mayor Bo Dorough wants to see more people follow the county and city’s joint resolution that recommends residents wear a mask or face covering when out in public.

  Downtown Bainbridge slowly begins to reopen

Downtown Bainbridge is slowly reopening and leaders said people are excited to be back downtown, but they’ve had some challenges as they move toward reopening.

  US virus deaths top 100,000, 41 million unemployed

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 5.6 million people and killed over 350,000, with the U.S. having the most confirmed cases and deaths.

Mars Wrigley gives thousands in grants to Phoebe Foundation

Mars Wrigley has announced it will donate a $25,000 grant to the Phoebe Foundation to support frontline workers.