Atlanta Journal-Constitution: More than 100 years of African American funeral programs now online

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: More than 100 years of African American funeral programs now online. “The Digital Library of Georgia recently added more than 3,000 African American funeral home programs from Atlanta and throughout the Southeast to its vast collection of online sources. The programs span from 1886 to 2019 and can be great sources of information for genealogists. The materials that were digitized were contributed by the Auburn Avenue Research Library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, the Wesley Chapel Genealogy Group and the Metro-Atlanta Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. Funding came from Georgia HomePlace, a program of the Georgia Public Library Service.”

The Register: Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia’s election? There were no hacks

The Register: Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia’s election? There were no hacks. “On November 4th, 2018, now-Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp announced an investigation into his rival Democratic party, accusing the organization of trying to hack the US state’s voter registration system…. On Friday, ProPublica and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) found ‘no evidence of damage to (the Secretary of State’s office) network or computers, and no evidence of theft, damage, or loss of data.'”

CNN: Doctor in small Georgia city says coronavirus spread through community before hospital staff found out what it was

CNN: Doctor in small Georgia city says coronavirus spread through community before hospital staff found out what it was. “Coronavirus spread through a southwest Georgia city for 10 days in March before hospital staff were told what was filling their wards with desperately sick people, a doctor told Congress on Thursday. ‘We were shocked by its abrupt entrance into our lives, and the virus had been spreading quietly for 10 days, and very quickly,’ Dr. Shanti Akers, a pulmonary critical care physician at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, testified.”

Reopening reality check: Georgia’s jobs aren’t flooding back (Politico)

Politico: Reopening reality check: Georgia’s jobs aren’t flooding back. “Georgia’s early move to start easing stay-at-home restrictions nearly a month ago has done little to stem the state’s flood of unemployment claims — illustrating how hard it is to bring jobs back while consumers are still afraid to go outside. Weekly applications for jobless benefits have remained so elevated that Georgia now leads the country in terms of the proportion of its workforce applying for unemployment assistance. A staggering 40.3 percent of the state’s workers — two out of every five — has filed for unemployment insurance payments since the coronavirus pandemic led to widespread shutdowns in mid-March, a POLITICO review of Labor Department data shows.”

Center for Public Integrity: As Georgia Reopens, Its Intensive-Care Beds Are Largely Full

Center for Public Integrity: As Georgia Reopens, Its Intensive-Care Beds Are Largely Full. “Georgia — one of the first states to reopen its economy — may not have enough hospital beds to treat a new wave of critically ill patients infected with the coronavirus, according to internal federal government documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. A slide prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for an interagency briefing last week said Georgia’s intensive care unit beds were 79 percent full on May 6, based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Washington Post: Smartphone data shows out-of-state visitors flocked to Georgia as restaurants and other businesses reopened

Washington Post: Smartphone data shows out-of-state visitors flocked to Georgia as restaurants and other businesses reopened. “One week after Georgia allowed dine-in restaurants, hair salons and other businesses to reopen, an additional 62,440 visitors arrived there daily, most from surrounding states where such businesses remained shuttered, according to an analysis of smartphone location data. Researchers at the University of Maryland say the data provides some of the first hard evidence that reopening some state economies ahead of others could potentially worsen and prolong the spread of the novel coronavirus. Any impetus to travel, public health experts say, increases the number of people coming into contact with each other and raises the risk of transmission.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia’s COVID-19 death toll increases to 1,165; cases nearly reach 27.5K

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia’s COVID-19 death toll increases to 1,165; cases nearly reach 27.5K. “In the past 24 hours, the Georgia Department of Public Health has recorded 33 COVID-19 deaths.In addition, the DPH confirmed 358 cases of COVID-19 since 11:30 a.m., bringing the state’s total to 27,492. Of those, more than 5,300 patients have been hospitalized at some point in Georgia, which is about 19.3% of all cases. At least 1,229 patients have been admitted into a hospital’s intensive care unit due to the virus.”

Yahoo News: Birx says Georgia residents ‘can be very creative’ about getting tattoos and haircuts while social distancing

Yahoo News: Birx says Georgia residents ‘can be very creative’ about getting tattoos and haircuts while social distancing. “Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the leading medical experts on President Trump’s coronavirus task force, tried to reconcile the controversial order by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp reopening some businesses across the state with the task force recommendations that call for continued social distancing. Among the businesses that Kemp, a Republican and a strong supporter of President Trump, plans to allow to reopen on Friday are hair and nail salons and tattoo parlors.” Don’t you want to get a tattoo from someone who’s six feet away from you and holding the tattoo gun or whatever it is on a stick?

Gov. Kemp: DCA Launches New Resources for Georgians to Access High-Speed Internet (Georgia)

Brian Kemp, Governor of Georgia: Gov. Kemp: DCA Launches New Resources for Georgians to Access High-Speed Internet. “To support social distancing requirements, broadband providers are offering various options for Georgians to connect to the internet. By visiting broadband.georgia.gov, Georgians can find locations to which they can drive for accessing WiFi around the state, made available from telecommunications cooperatives and government agencies. While many public libraries are currently closed, some are still offering limited services such as WiFi outside their buildings.”

Georgia Department of Public Health: Kemp, DPH Roll Out Status Report Website for COVID-19 in Georgia

Georgia Department of Public Health: Kemp, DPH Roll Out Status Report Website for COVID-19 in Georgia. “Today Governor Kemp and Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) commissioner, announced a daily status report page for confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia. This will replace nightly news releases from the Governor’s Office and DPH.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Sanborn fire insurance maps for select Georgia towns and cities dating from 1923-1941 now available for free online

Digital Library of Georgia: Sanborn fire insurance maps for select Georgia towns and cities dating from 1923-1941 now available for free online. “The Digital Library of Georgia has just made Sanborn fire insurance maps produced between 1923-1941 for 39 Georgia towns and cities in 35 counties freely available online.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Valdosta State University Archives map and plat collections now available online

Digital Library of Georgia: Valdosta State University Archives map and plat collections now available online. “Three map and plat collections featuring historical maps, plats, deeds, records, and correspondence pertaining to South Georgia land holdings dating from 1767 to 1899 are now available in the Digital Library of Georgia.”

Ars Technica: A Georgia election server was vulnerable to Shellshock and may have been hacked

Ars Technica: A Georgia election server was vulnerable to Shellshock and may have been hacked. “Forensic evidence shows signs that a Georgia election server may have been hacked ahead of the 2016 and 2018 elections by someone who exploited Shellshock, a critical flaw that gives attackers full control over vulnerable systems, a computer security expert said in a court filing on Thursday.”