Category: Coronavirus

Robin’s Nest: A hike down Memory Lane, and toward the pandemic’s end

He was my high school boyfriend. I hadn’t seen him in decades (I won’t say how many), but we reconnected on Facebook because I had jumped on social media to peddle my book (“The Best of the Nest” — get your copy now!), and he contacted me last September when he and his wife happened to be in town. We had a double date for lunch, each of us with our spouses, and we talked to each other of our lives, our kids, and our plans for the future. As we chatted over our Thai food, I congratulated my...

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Around Town: When safety comes down to politeness and self-policing

On Mother’s Day, shortly after the governor of Georgia lifted his statewide shelter-at-home order for most Georgians, David Schulman spotted a group of his neighbors gathered around an ice-cream truck parked near a playground in his Sandy Springs condo community. “What really amazed me was there was nobody wearing masks, nobody standing 6 feet apart,” he said. It looked like little had changed from the days before the world stopped in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. “Unfortunately, there were too many people around,” Schulman said. “It went against the governor’s guidelines.” Schulman, who’s 57, thought this crowd...

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June 1 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 135 more diagnoses; 14-day trend down

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 135 new COVID-19 diagnoses between May 27 and June 1 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The diagnoses increased in all of the main ZIP codes in Buckhead and Sandy Springs. But new diagnoses in the previous 14 days trended downward in both cities. As of June 1, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 2,117 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 2,007 on May 27. Sandy Springs had 426 diagnoses, up from 401. Atlanta remains the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at 46.6%...

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Commentary: Who had the best branding in the pandemic?

As the pandemic crisis struck local communities, leaders emerged, volunteer programs multiplied, and efforts to boost morale spread. In the terms of business and politics, many of these were partly efforts of branding and profile-raising. But which ones worked, which ones fell by the wayside, and will any have impacts after the immediate crisis is over? Down the road, will anyone still say “Brookhaven Strong” or remember that a local restaurant donated food? The Reporter asked professors of marketing, business and politics for their perspectives on some local examples.   ‘Brookhaven Strong’ The city of Brookhaven promoted this phrase,...

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Pandemic Roundup: Bars and clubs can reopen; Atlanta mayor urges testing after protests

News updates about the coronavirus pandemic: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and local health officials are concerned that the ongoing protests over the killing of George Floyd could cause a spike in COVID-19 cases. Thousands of people have converged on the city for the past four days in circumstances making social distancing impossible. “If you’re out there protesting, then you need to go get a COVID-19 test this week,” Bottoms said during a weekend press conference. “There’s still a pandemic in America killing black and brown people at a higher rate.” As of 1 p.m. on June 1, there...

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Restaurants seek elbow room in the pandemic’s distanced dining

From picnic tables in parking lots to dining on strips of shopping center landscaping, restaurants returning after pandemic shutdowns are looking for room to spread out for social distancing. And no one knows how long that will last. Or how long it can last. Can restaurants survive with the lower capacity as they spread tables apart until the pandemic is contained or a vaccine is found? How long will neighbors and city inspectors have patience for seating snatched from parking spaces and sidewalks? Experts and local restaurateurs say the pandemic could push the industry to a trend of building...

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Chattahoochee national park’s temporary leader steers through pandemic

The temporary boss at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area took on her duties just as the park was about to close for health reasons due to the pandemic. “We’ve dealt with natural disasters and government shutdowns,” said Acting Superintendent Ann Honious, “but nothing that is health-related and pandemic. And that is a different response.” Honious came to Georgia from the nation’s capital, where she serves in her permanent posting as the deputy superintendent at National Capital Parks East in Washington, D.C. Her 120-day temporary posting began in mid-April and ends in mid-August. She’s filling in temporarily for the...

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State Rep. McLaurin joins push for tobacco tax hike to offset $3.5B budget shortfall

A state representative from Sandy Springs joined a colleague in suggesting Georgia should increase the cigarette tax to help cover a $3.5 billion budget shortfall that could cause at least 1,000 layoffs and an equal number of furloughed workers. Rep. Josh McLaurin (D-Sandy Springs) joined Rep. Angelika Kausche (D-Johns Creek) in a virtual town hall meeting on May 28 that covered state budget cuts. The legislators were joined by Danny Kanso, a policy analyst with the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, a non-partisan organization. McLaurin said the state House of Representatives had already worked out a proposed budget with...

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Fulton County Schools to provide student meals at three local sites starting June 3

Fulton County Schools will begin offering student meals for pickup at 22 locations starting June 3 in its “Summer FoodStop” program. The meal pickups will be available Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each package will contain five breakfasts and five lunches. The local schools with pickup locations include: Ison Springs Elementary, 8261 Ison Road; Lake Forest Elementary, 5920 Sandy Springs Circle; and Sandy Springs Middle, 8750 Pride Place. The meals are available to all children under the age of 18, or under 21 for those with special needs. The pickups operate as a drive-thru — with drivers asked...

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Dunwoody church to host month-long food drive

Dunwoody’s First Baptist Church Atlanta plans to host a month-long food drive in June to help Atlanta Community Food Bank to help feed those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Drop-offs can be made on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church at 4400 North Peachtree Road in Dunwoody. Donors have options in making a donation. They can: Deliver food in a no-contact drop-off at the church; Use a local grocery app to donate directly to First Baptist Atlanta, or; Donate directly to that Atlanta Community Food Bank. Atlanta Community Food Bank says that $1 can provide...

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Photos: Memorial Day weekend becomes unofficial pandemic reopening, with and without distancing

Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, also served as an unofficial reopening of businesses and activities amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With warmer weather and safety restrictions slightly loosened by Gov. Brian Kemp, many people flocked to parks and restaurants, though some facilities, especially in Atlanta, remained closed. At local spots, social distancing and mask-wearing ranged from strict to nonexistent. Some business owners said the weekend provided an uptick, but still nothing near pre-pandemic times. Photos by Phil Mosier. Tubers ride the Chattahoochee River at the National Recreation Area’s Powers Island area in Sandy Springs on May...

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Teleworking a double-edged sword for Perimeter Center’s mall and major employer

Teleworking in the pandemic crisis has been a boon to one of Perimeter Center’s biggest employers — and a bane to its biggest shopping center. That double-edged sword was discussed by Bill Baker, general manager of Perimeter Mall, and Chris Kirk, an executive with Cox Enterprises and Cox Automotive, at the May 28 installment of the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber of Commerce’s “Return to the Perimeter” speaker series. A representative of State Farm was originally scheduled to join the discussion but was unable to. Perimeter Mall’s traffic hit between 40% and 50% of its normal daily numbers since its reopening...

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