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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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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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South Health District asks people to take ‘social distancing recommendations seriously’

It might be the time to start that new Netflix series you’ve been procrastinating over. You have the time now. The South Health District has urged residents of Lowndes County and nine other counties to take social distancing recommendations seriously. Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding local public transportation (e.g., bus, trains, ride share), and maintaining distance ...

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Column: VSU graduation should be postponed, health should be priority

Each day the number grows. And, with each day, so does the pain. The coronavirus pandemic has infected around 220,000 people worldwide and has killed over 9,000. The confirmed death toll sits at 160 people in the U.S, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only France, Spain, Iran, Italy and China have higher totals. For the billions of ...

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VSU Spring Commencement cancelled amid coronavirus outbreak

College students for generations have yearned for the opportunity to walk across the stage for graduation. VSU’s upcoming spring 2020 class will not know what that feels like. University System of Georgia has announced Spring Commencement ceremonies have been cancelled for all 26 USG institutions, including VSU. The decision was made Wednesday, March 18, by USG as part of massive ...

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Valdosta State will be temporarily suspending school starting Monday

VSU students get their wish. The University System of Georgia announced Thursday, March 13, it will suspend instruction for the next two weeks and then transition to a remote learning environment at all institutions. The announcement was made through a letter to presidents of 26 USG institutions. Spring break was set for March 16-20. Teresa MacCartney, Board of Regents of ...

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Valdosta State football cancels pro day, NFL pulls scouts

Valdosta State football announced via Twitter that a pro day scheduled for tomorrow, March 13, will be canceled. The decision was made after some NFL teams pulled scouts from traveling due to the new coronavirus. According to the Associated Press, the Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets have ordered all scouts and assistant coaches to ...

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Social butterflies stay cautious as coronavirus outbreak continues

If you enjoy hugging and shaking hands, those practices may need to cease for a while. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected more than 800 people in the U.S and has killed at least 29, according to the Associated Press. With Spring break just around the corner for VSU students – and others across the country – there are some ...

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Valdosta State announces decision to remain open in face of coronavirus

Valdosta State University announced Wednesday night that for the time being, all school operations will continue, bucking the trend of several nearby universities, which have chosen to close due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the new coronavirus. Dr. Rodney Carr, vice president of Student Success, sent an email to VSU students, faculty and staff detailing the administration’s decision to continue ...

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Valdosta City School closed Wednesday due to coronavirus case, VSU remains open

Valdosta City Schools will be closed Wednesday, March 11, due to a potential coronavirus case. According to a statement released by Valdosta City Schools on late Tuesday, March 10, a student teacher at Sallas Mahone Elementary School had indirect contact with family members who may have previously contracted the virus (COVID-19). The statement added that the student teacher or family ...

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