Ga DPH updates Athens COVID count

The Georgia Department of Public Health says Athens has 82 cases and 10 deaths from coronavirus: Oconee County has now recorded its first coronavirus death.

The University of Georgia plans to deliver today another 400 medical face shields, 200 each to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital. The shields were cranked out by workers in UGA’s College of Engineering.

With college and university campuses closed for the rest of the spring semester because of coronavirus, the state Board of Regents is indicating that there will likely be no tuition increases for fall semester at the University of Georgia or at other schools around the state.

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department says its pools and camps in Athens will remain closed until July because of concerns about coronavirus.

Oconee County says several of its government workstations will close today and again next Friday, when crews will work to deep clean the Oconee County Courthouse, the Government Annex, and other Oconee County government facilities. It's another precaution against the spread of coronavirus. 

Elberton says it has suspended until at least April 30 the city's curbside recycling collection. The recycling center in Elberton is still open. The Elbert County Transfer Station is scaling back its hours of operation because of coronavirus concerns, closing now at 4 o'clock each afternoon. 

Franklin County sees its coronavirus count reduced from five to three: officials in Franklin County say it was a case of mis-reporting. 

The US Forest Service is closing more federal recreation sites in north Georgia, shutting down facilities in Lumpkin, Towns, Union, and Rabun counties because of coronavirus.



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