In clamor to reopen, many black people feel overlooked
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Many African Americans watching protests calling for easing restrictions meant to slow the spread of the new coronavirus see them as one more example of how their health and their rights just don’t seem to matter. To many, it seems that the people protesting — who have been predominantly white — are agitating for reopening because they won’t be the ones to suffer the consequences of it. Instead, those will fall disproportionately on the shoulders of black people and other marginalized groups. The pandemic has highlighted gaping inequalities in the United States. Black people are dying in disproportionate numbers from COVID-19 in the U.S.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NURSING HOME LOCKDOWN
At senior home, staff stays put 24-7 to stop virus spread
ATLANTA (AP) — Like other places that house and care for older adults, the Park Springs community near Atlanta is working to prevent a widespread outbreak of the coronavirus. But Park Springs has taken one unusual step. Since the end of March, the facility has had employees live on its campus. About 70 employees of what is usually a staff of 300 are sheltering in place alongside residents in the upscale community. They're making sacrifices. Some stay in tents. One employee missed her sister's wedding. Another has weekly date nights with his wife across a fence. But most say they'll stay as long as it takes to keep residents safe.
Kemp warns of growing outbreak stressing northeast Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp says a growing coronavirus outbreak is stressing resources in northeast Georgia. The state Department of Public health reports that nearly 30,000 Georgians have had coronavirus infections confirmed by a test. At least 1,280 people have died. The city of Gainesville is quickly becoming one of the state’s most affected areas. Gainesville is located about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta and is synonymous with Georgia’s large poultry industry. Kemp said Tuesday that the Gainesville area is “being stressed pretty hard.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Kemp made the remarks while touring a temporary medical pod in southwest Georgia, one of the state's earliest and worst hot spots.
Prosecutor: Grand jury to weigh charges in Georgia shooting
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia prosecutor says he wants a grand jury to consider criminal charges in the fatal shooting of a man who was chased by armed men who suspected him of being a burglar. The announcement came as cellphone video purporting to show the shooting was posted online by an attorney for the slain man's mother. Ahmaud Arbery was killed Feb. 23 in a neighborhood near the city of Brunswick. No one has been arrested or charged in the case, prompting an outcry by the local NAACP and others. Arbery was black and the men who pursued him are white.
Ad for Georgia Senate hopeful touts John Lewis' backing
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia congressman John Lewis’ endorsement of Democratic Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff is the focus of a new television ad from Ossoff’s campaign. It began airing statewide Tuesday. Ossoff is a former congressional aide who broke fundraising records during an unsuccessful 2017 run for a metro Atlanta U.S. House seat. He faces a handful of other Democrats in a June 9 primary. The winner will face Republican Sen. David Perdue as he seeks a second term in November. Lewis is the last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists once led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Ossoff opened his bid for the seat with Lewis’ endorsement in September.
Where's the beef? Production shutdown leads to shortages
U.S. meat supplies are dwindling due to coronavirus-related production shutdowns. As a result, some stores like Costco and restaurants like Wendy's are limiting sales. U.S. beef and pork processing capacity is down 40% from last year. On Monday night, nearly 20% of U.S. Wendy's didn't have beef available on their online menus, according to an analysis by Stephens, an investment bank. Wendy's confirms it's seeing temporary shortages. Meat production plants are gradually reopening. In the meantime, some alternative meat companies like Impossible Foods are hoping to fill the void. Impossible says its soy-based burger will go on sale at 1,700 Kroger stores this week.
GULFSTREAM JOB CUTS
Gulfstream lays off nearly 700 employees in Georgia
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An aerospace company has announced it laid off nearly 700 employees at its Georgia facility amid the coronavirus pandemic. News outlets reported Monday that Gulfstream laid off 699 employees in Savannah due to a decline in revenue. A company spokeswoman says cost cutting measures Gulfstream put in place weren't sufficient to overcome the effect of the virus outbreak on their operations. Some employees that were laid off may receive severance pay and get their benefits extended. The Savannah Morning News reported last week the company experienced a $549 million decline in revenue during the first quarter of this year.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-GEORGIA SCHOOL AID
Georgia allocates $411M in federal COVID-19 aid to schools