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Editorial: We need to take personal responsibility now; The government won’t save us

Gov. Brian Kemp officially announced that “due to favorable data and more testing,” fitness, beauty and some entertainment centers have the option of reopening on April 24 with “basic operations.” This pretty much shortens his original shelter-in-place-order by 6 days, since going bowling and getting your nails filled in isn’t exactly “essential.” According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, ...

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Gov. Kemp orders statewide shelter-in-place to curve coronavirus spread

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp held a televised news conference Wednesday afternoon to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order to curve the new coronavirus. The governor said he would sign the order on Thursday, and it will go into effect on Friday. Also, Kemp ordered that all public schools remain closed for the rest of the academic school year. Georgia has a ...

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Editorial: Concern for our nation in coronavirus pandemic

As I’ve observed the response of the U.S. government to the coronavirus pandemic, my level of concern has been on the same trajectory as the number of reported cases in our country. My two primary areas of concern are combatting the pandemic efficiently and simultaneously dealing with the economic implications that come with it. As of now, the U.S. has ...

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Florida orders people to stay home, Georgia could be next

While Florida makes a move, Georgia waits. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Wednesday asking people to stay at home across the state due to the overwhelming spread of the coronavirus. DeSantis said people are only permitted to leave their homes for essential services or activities. The order lists the following as essential activities: Attending religious services Participating in ...

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First cases of coronavirus at Valdosta State confirmed

The VSU’s President’s Office confirmed that a staff member and a faculty member have tested positive for COVID-19 in a statement released today. The staff member was last reported on campus on March 18. The faculty member was last seen on campus on March 11. Despite the incubation period for coronavirus lasting two weeks, the President’s Office assures students, faculty ...

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Photos: A campus abandoned: Valdosta State left bare in light of coronavirus pandemic

Normally, VSU’s campus is bright and bustling the week after spring break. Most students are refreshed and ready to finish out the semester. Several students either look forward to the end-of-the-year events, finish up their registration or prepare for the spring commencement. With the front lawn sprawling with activity, most students are either enjoying the warmer weather or catching up with ...

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Petition and student concerns discussed at on-line press conference

VSU’s spring semester will continue as originally planned, despite the transition to on-line classes caused by the coronavirus, according to Dr. Rodney Carr, vice president for student success. Dr. Carr made the announcement and discussed related issues at an on-line press conference Monday afternoon. “We have not made any plans to extend the semester at all,” he said. “It looks ...

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