Georgia passes 200,000 COVID-19 cases, nears 4,000 deaths

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A sign outlining safety measures hangs on the door at Leroy Massey Elementary School on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Summerville, Ga. Thursday is the first day of school for over 2,600 students in the Chattooga County Schools system. As other districts around the state delayed their back-to-school days or moved to all-remote learning, Chattooga County school officials are going ahead with its plan to start school Thursday, one of the earliest start days in the nation. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has become the fifth American state to record 200,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The numbers were announced Wednesday as the state also neared 4,000 deaths from the COVID-19 respiratory illness that the virus causes.

The milestone comes amid signs that the pace of new infections has slowed, although hospitalizations and deaths remain high.

Unclear is how the resumption of in-person classes at schools and universities will affect the infection rate.

More Georgia school districts opened for face-to-face instruction Wednesday, while Mercer University announced 35 students have tested positive before fall classes even begin.

Gov Brian Kemp has ignored pleas from some medical experts to mandate masks and shut down bars.

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