Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: Drive-through testing site to open in Cobb

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This blog will be updated throughout Wednesday, March 18, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.
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6 a.m.: A Cobb County park will soon become a coronavirus “drive-through” testing site to provide a speedy and safe location for testing high-risk workers in the community, Kristal Dixon reports. Dr. Janet Memark, district director of the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department, told Cobb County commissioners Monday that Jim Miller Park on Callaway Road south of Marietta will serve as a location for the testing in Cobb.
6 a.m.: As virus-linked actions slam the brakes on the metro Atlanta economy, the first to be hurt are the workers who are already in the most precarious positions, earning low wages and living paycheck to paycheck. Michael E. Kanell looks at how social distancing is affecting these workers and their employers.
OVERNIGHT

  • Michael Stipe shared a fun — yet serious — message with fans on social media by singing what has become an anthem of sorts during the coronavirus pandemic, “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” Melissa Ruggieri writes in the Atlanta Music Scene blog. The 1987 rock hit (it climbed to No. 16 on the Mainstream Rock Chart) for Athens-born R.E.M. has exploded on the downloads chart, increasing 184 percent for the week ending March 12, according to Billboard.
  • Eric Stirgus reports the University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University will cancel commencement ceremonies and all upcoming public events, citing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Additionally, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College announced they are moving their commencement events from May to December.

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