Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Virtual Town Hall Meeting Focuses On Absentee Balloting And Census Participation

***Organized By Mokah Jasmine Johnson***

Sara Tindall Ghazal, former voter protection director for the Georgia Democratic Party, and Rev. James Woodall, president of the Georgia NAACP, participating in a virtual Town Hall meeting last week, urged Georgia voters to apply for an absentee ballot for the May 19 election.

Voters should fill out the application sent to all active, registered voters in the state by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the two said, as a safe way to vote as the COVID-19 pandemic plays out in the state.

UPDATE: Raffensperger on Thursday morning moved the primary back to June 9.

Number Of Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Region And State Increases, But At Lower Rate Than Day Earlier

***Local Hospital Demand Exceeded With Extreme Projection***

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 10-county Northeast Health District of Georgia grew by 16 in the 24-hour period ending at noon on Wednesday, down from the increase of 46 cases in the 24-hour period ending at noon on Tuesday.

The number of deaths in the Northeast Health District increased by only one during that time period, reflecting the first death attributable to the disease in Oconee County, picked up in the 7 p.m. Daily Status Report from Tuesday.