Closer Look: Georgia Responds To COVID-19

As of today, the Georgia Department of Health reports there are at least 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our state.
As of today, the Georgia Department of Health reports there are at least 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our state.
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Friday, March 13, 2020 on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

00:00: As of today, the Georgia Department of Health reports there are at least 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our state. Today, “Closer Look with Rose Scott” brings you a special edition of the program — co-hosted by Rose Scott and WABE health reporter Sam Whitehead — dedicated to Georgia’s response to COVID-19.

Rose Scott and Sam Whitehead report on the latest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia and provide a rundown of metro-area school districts that have suspended face-to-face learning.

Also, in light of the coronavirus, the Georgia General Assembly will suspend its current legislative session until further notice.

04:34: Felicia Moore, President of the Atlanta City Council, joins “Closer Look” by phone to give us the latest update on how local government officials are responding to the coronavirus.

11:26: The Atlanta Public School System is one of many school districts in Georgia closing on Monday the 16th among rising concerns surrounding the coronavirus. APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen joins “Closer Look” by phone to share what’s next for the school system.

22:57: Agnes Scott College announced this morning that the school will move to online teaching from March 23 to April 3. Dr. Christine Cozzens, vice president for Academic Affairs, dean of the college and Charles A. Dana professor of English, joins “Closer Look” to discuss how the college will navigate this.

31:18: Tourism and conventions are a $16 billion industry in Atlanta. William Pate, president and CEO of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, joins “Closer Look” to discuss how the coronavirus is impacting this industry.

40:35: After speaking with members of the local school system, city council officials and leaders from the business and tourism industry, we turn to a medical professional for his expertise on staying healthy and preventing the spread of coronavirus. Dr. Jeffrey Stephens, an infectious disease specialist at the Mercer University School of Medicine, joins “Closer Look” from Macon, Georgia.

“Closer Look” is produced by Candace Wheeler, Grace Walker and LaShawn Hudson.