Coronavirus Live News: Updates and Analysis

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[singing] Song: “Oh, brother, I want you to keep walking. And one of these days and one of these days, you will be free. Albany, Georgia, became an epicenter for Covid-19 in April. Hundreds of cases have been traced to two funeral services and have resulted in one of the highest death rates in the country. “It was like a tornado that no one had prepared for. Our churches weren’t prepared for it, and before we knew it, people were falling like flies. Pastor Orson Burton lost members of his congregation in the wave, including the father of his wife. “I can see the park. “Can you see the park?” “But we can’t go to the park. ” ” No. “It’s still not sure. ” ” No. “Because the whole world is sick. “Yeah, but we pray for the world to get better, right? Governor Brian Kemp announced on April 20 that small businesses could reopen less than three weeks after imposing a state-wide shutdown. For the Burton, the restart is too early. “The already reopened opening is like a slap on the face. “We have seen how the coronavirus can strike our city, our family, our church and it is not worth it. The harsh reality is that there is no longer business as usual. Pastor Burton is now tasked with preventing a second peak. He appeals to people who feel in conflict about the return to work. “When the owner of the store told me for the first time, we can go back, I was excited. But that day, I thought about it in my head like, it doesn’t seem right to me, you know? “Yeah. “It was not enough time to prepare. Pastor Burton does outreach like this almost every day, with home visits and sermons online. “My hope and my prayer is that you always take shelter there. And we know that even during this pandemic, God has given us resources. And he’s not alone. “Configure the emojis. Raise the praises. »« Make room in this living room. Church leaders across the city are telling members to stay at home with live video and driving services. [car horns beeping] The virus hit black residents particularly hard. Thirty black and white church leaders joined forces to remain closed, a decision they announced in this joint statement. “We believe it is in the best interest of our congregations and our community not to resume the meeting for the time being.” “The figures did not indicate that it was time for our city to open. “We knew we just couldn’t go back the way we did before and start coming together.” “It doesn’t matter if your congregation is small or large – black, white, Hispanic – it doesn’t matter, we’re in the same storm. Pastors’ efforts were bolstered by the city mayor, who helped pass a resolution encouraging residents to keep the accommodation in place. “I was a little worried because I thought the ministers were going to say, We have to go back to the church. The response was overwhelming: we are not going to resume worship in our sanctuary until we get the green light from the medical community. Dr. James Black heads the emergency department at Phoebe Putney Medical Memorial, the only hospital in the Albany area. “It was absolutely essential that the clergy support us. They realized the importance of social isolation. Although he has seen a drop in the number of cases, the speed of the initial spread makes him wary of rushing to reopen. “It took us a short time to get 160 Covid patients to the hospital, so we are afraid of a second wave. We’re just not done yet. The fact that places are allowed to reopen is a frightening prospect for many of us. The closure devastated small business owners in southwest Georgia. Dougherty County, where Albany is located, has experienced a 4,500% increase in jobless claims since March. Many residents are now forced to decide between safety and their outcome. “In our living room in Albany, Georgia, we decided to go ahead and open Friday after Governor Kemp said we could. I am single and totally dependent on myself, and so far I have not received a stimulus check because I am self employed. I just had no choice. “Some people feel more in conflict, like Marcus Scott, who manages Masterpiece Barbershop. “We will not reopen. I understand that people have their financial situation and what they have to face. However, just receiving a phone call or hearing that this barber died because he returned to work – I would not be able to live with that. He has decided to keep his store closed for the time being, but with the support of a local pastor. “We, as a church, have decided to give each of these barbers a certain amount of resources. For some of these barbers, it is their only income. “Hey, pastor. “Hey, sister, how are you?” ” ” I’m fine. How is it going? Pastor Orson Burton saw economic pressure on his congregation. “Now how are you doing financially?” How are you paid? What is going on? What’s good about that? “OK – I’m good unemployed. Everything is in place. “Be encouraged. Keep going and know that we will keep staying with you and walking with you. “Amen. As more and more members lose their jobs and even return to work, they are doing everything they can to make sure they move forward cautiously. “All right, man, God bless you. “Yes, sir, thank you. “I believe that if we mismanage this moment in order to reopen the economy and make money, we can literally put our children and our children back for generations to come.” “We just don’t want to bury someone else. We don’t want to bury other loved ones. We don’t want to bury more friends because of Covid-19. “These are not numbers. They are souls. These are lives lost. We have experienced so much. Now is the time to make sure that people are represented in rural southern Georgia, but also to spread the wisdom and life-saving information. “

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