Gov. Kemp issues guidance for retailers, consumers amid COVID-19

Gov. Kemp’s shelter in place order allows for the suspension of the use of PIN pads, PIN entry devices, electronic capture signature, and any other credit card receipt signature requirements if it is permitted by underlying credit card agency and company agreements, according to the office.

Tifton mayor addresses concerns of the coronavirus in the community

  Tift Regional take precautions to stop the coronavirus spread

7 charged in multiple car break-ins in Albany

Number of recovering patients continues to grow as Phoebe releases Saturday’s COVID-19 update

  'I’m perfectly fine’: Coronavirus survivor shares story

1 dead, another injured in Valdosta shooting; suspect in custody

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Ga. governor tells Tybee leaders to comply with order; beach open for exercise

Tracking SWGA coronavirus cases

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site closed until further notice

  Second Harvest serves 1,700 boxes of food to Thomasville community

‘They played their last game and didn’t know it’: GHSA cancels all spring sports

  Resources available for mental health during COVID-19 crisis

DPH releases Ga. nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks

As of April 1, there are 47 nursing home facilities with outbreaks.

  Preparing for college during the COVID-19 pandemic

With Georgia public schools closed for the rest of the year, high school seniors and juniors may be wondering how to prepare for college.

Gov. Kemp: USG, GEMA partner to provide housing for healthcare workers in Albany

The effort comes as Albany and its surrounding counties battle a surge in COVID-19 cases.

  Albany funeral home offers drive-thru services in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

“It was actually a vision of the drive-thru I had some time ago, but it just hit at the right time,” Fields said.

  Albany business serving the community in time of need

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

  State: Vote absentee to avoid COVID-19 dangers

Should you wear a medical mask?

  Moultrie city leaders curbing the spread of the Coronavirus

  Moultrie Fire Department orders additional fire truck

Albany business now serving fresh produce through drive-thru

Paradise Produce has been selling fresh fruits and vegetables to the Albany community for the past ten years however, they have now made changes to their operation due to COVID-19.

AMA to host virtual book club meeting

The Albany Museum of Art has temporarily closed their doors due to COVID-19, but they are still reaching the public through digital platforms.

Albany Boys & Girls Club continue to support members

Albany Boys & Girls Club continues to do their part, helping their members in this time of uncertainty.

Gov. Kemp issues executive order allowing enforcement of shelter-in-place order

On Friday, Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order deputizing law enforcement to enforce Thursday’s statewide shelter-in-place order.

GRAPH: Tracking Phoebe’s daily COVID-19 numbers

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is releasing its daily COVID-19 numbers.

Phoebe now has rapid COVID-19 testing abilities

Hospital officials say now they have the ability to perform rapid COVID-19 tests in their lab at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

‘This virus has a ripple effect, there is no boundaries’: Dougherty Co. leaders hold Friday COVID-19 press conference

“This virus has a ripple effect, there is no boundaries.”

  Relay for Life postponed; virtual luminary ceremony planned

However, organizers are still finding a way to let those know who have been impacted that they are still here for them.

  Lee Co. Schools successfully plugged in to virtual learning

Although she said it’s been interesting to completely switch to virtual learning, Greenway said Lee County has already used a lot of the technology they’re now having to use.

  Business, citizens donate tablets so patients can video chat with loved ones

With no visitors allowed, patients in many hospitals are alone as they go through tough times medically.

Oprah, DiCaprio, others launch $12M coronavirus relief food fund

America's Food Fund said Thursday that the monies will be aimed to help low-income families, the elderly, individuals facing job disruptions and children who rely on school lunch programs.

  Clean shelter: What you need to know about disinfecting your home

If you're reaching for the bottle of bleach to be the end all to kill all, think again.

  Albany doctor thinks COVID-19 battle is just beginning

Dr. Derek Heard said they could always use more supplies, like test kits, to fight the international virus.

Thomasville bank finds ways to help customers during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis is hitting families hard financially.

  Decatur Co. escapee still at large, wife of another detainee concerned about husband’s health

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for the man officials said escaped their substance abuse treatment facility in Bainbridge.

  Students can gain internet access in Colquitt Co. with ‘Hotspots for Homework’

There's an immense need for free internet in Colquitt County as the schools have transitioned to online learning.

  Atlanta man drives to Albany to deliver Bible scripture face masks

One man drove over 180 miles to make sure doctors and nurses at Phoebe Putney had additional masks during the pandemic.

  Doctors changing routines to protect families during COVID-19 pandemic

Within the past two weeks, Colquitt Regional Medical Center went from zero confirmed Coronavirus cases to more than 30.

Crisp Co. Sheriff’s Office looking for wanted man

The two men were hurt and there’s no word on how they’re doing.

Kemp signs state shelter-in-place executive order

The order also states that Georgia residents are required to shelter in place in the residences, unless performing essential services, like getting food or medicine.

  Valdosta business goes above and beyond for VPD

In a Facebook post, the Valdosta Police Department thanked Home Depot for a recent donation.

Pretoria Fields still making hand sanitizer for the community

CEO Tom Vess says they’re now helping hospitals in Georgia, and other states with their germ x.

Lee Co. business helps make masks, signs during COVID-19 pandemic

One business in Lee County is making sure the community stays protected in these uncertain times.

Albany Civil Rights Institute closed until further notice

The Albany Civil Rights Institute and its offices are closed until further notice.

Phoebe releases Thursday’s update on COVID-19 test results

In addition to reserving four intensive care units for critically ill COVID-19 patients, Phoebe is now caring for COVID patients on five general medical floors of its main hospital.

  Phoebe begins reporting number of ‘recovered’ COVID-19 patients

The health system is classifying someone as "recovered" if they tested positive and have self-isolated at home for at least 14 days from the testing date.

Gov. Kemp, DCH announce approval of 1135 Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids waiver

Gov. Brian Kemp and DCH announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved Georgia’s waiver request granting the state several flexibilities for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids providers and members.

  Phoebe CEO addresses medication supply, ICU plans

As Phoebe staff members pay close attention to their supply of personal protection equipment, the staff is also paying close attention to medications the hospitals have on hand.

  Georgia Power offers power saving tips, discounts during pandemic

GA power offers energy saving tips

Dougherty Co. probate judge passes away

Stephenson was Dougherty County probate judge for 27 years.

  Covid Hotspot: Taking on a pandemic from the front lines

It's already a stressful job, but add 12-hour shifts, and an overload of very sick patients, and you see the strain.

  United Way offering online education lessons

As schools across southwest Georgia begin rapidly adopting online and distance learning, United Way is also providing virtual education.

  Colquitt Co. releases inmates amid COVID-19 concerns

More than 60 inmates have been released from Colquitt County Jail in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  2-year-old at center of AMBER Alert found safe in Florida; suspect in custody

The two-year-old child at the center of an Amber Alert has been found safe, but authorities are currently in an armed standoff with the suspect in Florida.

  Ga. sees increase in scammers since coronavirus pandemic

The Department of Justice is stepping up, to protect people in these critical hard times.

  United Way of Southwest Georgia launches Community Relief Fund

United Way’s CEO said, thirty-one percent of local households in Dougherty County are already struggling to meet basic needs.

Homestead Hospice offers programs for those in need of assistance

Homestead Hospice in Tifton is striving to help the elderly and the most vulnerable stay home.

  Flint RiverQuarium host virtual visits on Facebook

Everyday in the afternoon, the aquarium releases an activity sheet that is a printable. Parents can print out at home for their kids.

  University offers ‘Thomasville Live’ musical performances

A program at Thomas University will start showing their concerts live online.

  Bainbridge church making masks for doctors

A church in Bainbridge is stepping up to help doctors during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  Thomasville organization offers mental health support during COVID-19 pandemic

With a world crisis going on, it may be difficult to get your mind off the COVID-19 outbreak.

  Albany lawyer sees an increase in divorce requests during COVID-19 pandemic

Lawyers in Dougherty County are seeing a large number of divorce requests since families were asked to remain inside their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Goodwill offering jobs for those laid off during pandemic

If you’ve been laid off from your job due to COVID-19, Goodwill’s offering a virtual job fair.

  Albany renter worried about how to pay rent in the COVID-19 outbreak

The first of the months comes with a lot of responsibilities. Rent, Car note, and even medical bills. One Albany man told us that if it’s this bad now.... what about the upcoming months?

Lanier Co. confirms first COVID-19 case

The person is currently hospitalized, and the source of exposure is unknown.

Thomasville police search for entering auto suspect

The video shows the suspect on Clay Street, according to police.

Ga. governor orders schools to remain closed for the year, shelter-in-place

On Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp ordered all K-12 public schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.

WATCH LIVE: Kemp addresses the state on COVID-19 latest

Gov. Brian Kemp and other state officials are addressing the latest developments on COVID-19 from the state capital.

Calhoun Co. Courthouse closed to general public

Effective immediately, the Calhoun County Courthouse will be closed to the general public.

DCSS addresses weekend meals and free internet

The Dougherty County School System will now serve weekend meals starting this weekend.

Realtors offer virtual home tours

An Albany real estate agency adjusted the way they do business.

Ga. National Guard deployed to Pelham Parkway Nursing Home for decontamination

Gov. Kemp and the Adjutant General Carden said they will send troops to specific locations to implement infection control protocols and enhanced sanitation methods to reduce COVID-19 exposure among vulnerable residents.

  Critical care specialist gives insight into Albany COVID-19 outbreak

Dr. Enrique Lopez recorded a powerful video diary from his garage, where he's been staying to keep his family protected.

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

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

Phoebe reports Wednesday’s COVID-19 numbers

The hospital is reporting that 91patients have recovered from the virus.

Dougherty Co. Jail reduces inmate count ahead of COVID-19 outbreak

Today, the population is 482 — a reduction of 20 percent.

  ‘It’s perfectly legal’: Law enforcement offers boating do’s and don’t’s during COVID-19 crisis

It’s OK to be boating right now during the COVID-19 crisis. That’s a reminder from Georgia law enforcement.

Tift Regional-Southwell reports two Covid deaths

Tift Regional now has 22 COVID-19 positive inpatients.