The number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Georgia has increased to 6,647 as of Sunday lunchtime. There are now 211 deaths, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Following the Board of Commissioners’ April 1 approval of $10 million for COVID-19 relief, more than $3.2 million has been allocated to a group of eight nonprofit agencies serving Fulton County residents and businesses. This represents the first wave of funding to meet immediate needs in the community. Those organizations include: Antioch Urban Ministries, Buckhead Christian Ministries, Community Assistance Center, Hosea Helps,  North Fulton Community Charities, Midtown Assistance Center, Mercy Care, and ACE Loans, which will administer a $1.5 million small business loan program that will benefit Fulton County small businesses and arts organizations.

Gov. Brian Kemp has announced the members of the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force Community Outreach Committee. “To continue to serve the needs of all Georgians during this challenging time, we have formed the Community Outreach Committee,” said Governor Kemp. “Comprised of talented individuals from the public and private sectors, I am confident this committee will ensure that our state remains prepared in the fight against COVID-19.”
The committee includes:
Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO, The King Center – Co-Chair
Leo Smith, President, Engaged Futures Group, LLC – Co-Chair
Santiago Marquez, President and CEO, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Representative Calvin Smyre, Dean of the Georgia House of Representatives
Leona Barr-Davenport, President and CEO, Atlanta Business League
Nancy Flake Johnson, President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Atlanta
Reverend Tim McDonald III, Pastor, First Iconium Baptist Church – Moreland Avenue
Pastor Reggie Joiner, CEO and Founder, Orange
Tres Hamilton, CEO, Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority
Natalie Keng, Founder and CEO, Chinese Southern Belle, LLC
Jasmine Crowe, Founder and CEO, Goodr, Inc.
Dr. Wayne S. Morris, MD – Internal Medicine/Geriatrics
Laura Mathis, Executive Director, Middle Georgia Regional Commission
Rodney D. Bullard, Executive Director, Chick-fil-A Foundation
Jacob Vallo, Senior Director of Transit Oriented Development and Real Estate, MARTA
Sunny Patel, Operations Manager, Office of the Governor

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.