Tracking SWGA coronavirus cases

Health officials said positive coronavirus cases are counted by the patient’s county of residence.

  Parisians return to cafes; Latin America sees virus surge

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

  GRAPHIC: Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

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

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

  Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

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  Tift Regional given the green light to resume elective surgeries

  Downtown Moultrie business opening soon

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

  Nearly 26,000 nursing home deaths reported as lockdowns ease

Gilead says drug helped moderately ill coronavirus patients

GRAPHS: Tracking Phoebe’s daily COVID-19 numbers

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

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

  Massive protests worldwide raise fears of new coronavirus outbreaks

Unrest demonstrates Biden’s challenge in breaking through

  Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for coronavirus

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

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.

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

Washington officials say the state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims.

‘Feisty’ 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer

“Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother.

  Sweden steadfast in strategy as virus toll continues rising

Sweden took a relatively soft approach to fighting the coronavirus, one that attracted international attention. Large gatherings were banned, but restaurants and schools for younger children have stayed open.

Chehaw gives update on reopening amid pandemic

Chehaw has now had its zoo back open for a week now.

Albany, Dougherty Co. receives 50K masks from state

On Tuesday, Dougherty County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) received 50,000 masks from the State of Georgia Governor’s Office for residents in the community.

Kemp extends state of emergency to mid-July

Gov. Brian Kemp and other top state officials are holding a press conference to address the latest on COVID-19.

  House approves changes to business virus aid subsidy program

The House gave sweeping bipartisan approval Thursday to legislation to modify a new “paycheck protection” program for businesses that have suffered COVID-related losses.

  Coronavirus takes deadly toll on African American communities

Coronavirus has had a disproportionate impact on African-Americans, as minority communities have seen much higher rates of infection and death.

Phoebe releases Thursday’s COVID-19 update

Phoebe honored all nurses as a group as DAISY nurses Thursday and distributed cupcakes to all nurses at its main and north campuses.

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

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

  2.1 million workers filed for unemployment last week

The national jobless rate was 14.7% in April, the highest since the Great Depression, and many economists expect it will near 20% in May.

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have

As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has been claiming extraordinarily sweeping powers that legal scholars say the president simply doesn't have. And he has repeatedly refusing to spell out the legal basis for those powers.

  House casts proxy votes in pandemic, Republicans have doubts

It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic.

  SOWEGA Council on Aging closes 13 senior centers ‘indefinitely’ due to COVID-19

Many senior citizens are being impacted after the SOWEGA Council on Aging said it was indefinitely closing 13 of its 14 senior centers across South Georgia.

Los Angeles allows shopping, worship sooner than expected in pandemic

Retail shops and offices were allowed to open Wednesday and the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the U.S. announced a plan to resume services as Los Angeles County took another step toward a reopening that seemed hard to imagine a week ago.

  US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

Outbreaks are still climbing in much of the Americas, while many countries in Asia and much of Europe are making steady progress in containing the deadliest pandemic in years.

Colquitt Regional Medical Center sees a rise in COVID-19 cases

Colquitt Regional Medical Center is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Grady Co. early voters become accustomed to new machines, following guidelines during pandemic

Among other changes in place because of the pandemic, leaders say this is also the first time many voters in Grady County have been able to use the new machines.

Thomasville YMCA to follow summer camp safety guidelines set by state

Summer camp is already underway at the YMCA in Thomasville.

  'People are still dying’: DPH expands contact tracing for COVID-19

The DPH plans to add thousands of staff members to identify and mitigate hotspots of infections to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

Community members host surprise parade to honor frontline nurses

Sheri Barlow and several others showered about 10 nurses with gifts, thanking them for their service.

Through kids’ eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

Associated Press reporters around the world asked kids about living with the virus and to use art to show us what they believe the future might hold. Some sketched or painted, while others sang, danced ballet, built with LEGOs. A few just wanted to talk.

Albany organization feeds Phoebe workers

The Albany Baptist Minister’s Conference fed 400 employees at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on Wednesday.

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

Attorney General William Barr says he doesn’t expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s presumed Democratic opponent this summer.

Boeing slashes 12,000 jobs as virus seizes travel industry

Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry. And the aircraft maker says more cuts are coming.

  CEO pay has topped $12.3M. Can it keep rising post-pandemic?

The typical pay package for CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies topped $12.3 million last year, and the gap between the boss and their workforces widened further, according to AP’s annual survey of executive compensation.

  Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

Disney World's reopening plan was approved Wednesday by Orange County, Fla. officials, clearing a hurdle to inviting people back in July.

  Landlord threatens Texas church’s lease over COVID relief effort

The need is evident for the food bank at The Redeemed Christian Church of God Royal Priesthood Parish, with hundreds of families lined up.

  Ford heats up police SUVs to 133 degrees to kill COVID-19

Ford has unveiled a new tool to help neutralize COVID-19 and other germs inside police vehicles.

  CDC: More than 62,000 healthcare workers sickened by COVID-19, at least 291 dead

On Tuesday the federal agency stated more than 62,000 healthcare professionals contracted the coronavirus in the U.S., a big jump from the more than 9,200 that the CDC reported back in mid-April.

Phoebe releases Wednesday COVID-19 numbers

Phoebe released its latest COVID-19 numbers shortly before noon on Wednesday.

NerdWallet: Looking for safer ways to pay? Go contactless

Breaking old habits of forking over cash or swiping a credit card may be challenging, but contactless payments themselves are easy to use and may even help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine

Among Americans who say they wouldn’t get vaccinated, 7 in 10 worry about safety.