Samantha Robles Villa, 9, right, is given a coronavirus test at a walk-up testing center April 20 in Annapolis, Md.

Protesters demonstrate on April 20 at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to employees as Pete Gaynor, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, listens at FEMA headquarters on April 20 in Washington, D.C.

City workers bundle fruits and vegetables products as cars drive by to collect them during a food distribution event April 20 in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The White House is visible behind a woman wearing a mask on April 20 in Washington, D.C.

Anti-stay-at-home demonstrators gather April 20 in front of the Blaine House, the Maine governor’s mansion in Augusta.

Signs posted on the window of the Fine Wine and Good Spirits store in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia on April 20 inform customers that the store will remain closed until further notice. 

Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department wear protective equipment April 20 at a COVID-19 testing site in the Skid Row district in Los Angeles.

People stand in line for COVID-19 testing April 20 at NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania in New York City.

Ana Diaz, a nurse at Northwell Syosset Hospital (L) plays tennis with her husband Melanio on a makeshift court they created on the driveway of their home on April 19 in Merrick, New York.

A customer uses the new drive-thru option to buy goods from a vendor at the Ballard Farmers’ Market which reopened Sunday with new safety measures as efforts continue to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 in Seattle, Washington on April 19.

President Donald Trump holds up swabs as he speaks at the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on April 19 in Washington, DC. New York state will begin the nation’s most aggressive COVID-19 antibody testing campaign this week even as some states begin to loosen restrictions amid pressure to restart the economy.

A driver displays an alternate opinion as she passes protesters demonstrating at the Tennessee state capitol to speak out against the state’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak on April 19 in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee is under a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus outbreak except for essential personnel.

Jim and Marilyn Ridel eat their take-out lunch in the parking lot outside the restaurant in Keene, New Hampshire on April 19.

Los Angeles City Hall is seen lit up in blue framed by the Twin Dragon Gateway in Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, on  April 19. This landmark and several others around L.A., and the nation, are lit up blue to show support for medical workers and first responders on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Marji Monte Carlo dances in her chair as Henry Molder plays the Native American flute in his front yard after his concerts and classes were cancelled on April 19 in Carefree, Arizona.

The downtown stands empty on April 19 in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Signs of support are posted at Perry-Lecompton High School in Perry, Kansas, on April 19.

Jane Hassebroek jumps on the couch with her brother, Felix, while celebrating his birthday at their home in Brooklyn, on April 18.

Protesters against the state’s extended stay-at-home order, demonstrate at the Capitol building in Austin, Texas, on April 18.

A notebook with U.S. President Donald Trump’s notes rests on the briefing room podium following the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, on April 18.

Hospital beds are pictured inside the Pasadena Convention Center, which has been designated as an alternate care facility to treat COVID-19 patients, in Pasadena, California, on April 18.

People call for Utah’s economy to be re-opened, on April 18, in Salt Lake City, Utah

An employee prepares a take away order at a fast food restaurant as the spread of COVID-19 affected local business on April 18 in Roanoke, Virginia.

Air Force Academy cadets salute during the national anthem as the class of 2020 graduates six weeks early due to the coronavirus pandemic on April 18 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Saturday’s graduation marks the first time a military academy is graduating a class early since WWII.

Partitions are installed between beds as work is performed to turn Sleep Train Arena into a 400-bed emergency field hospital to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak in Sacramento, Calif. on April 18. The arena, the former home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings basketball team, is expected to begin receiving patients Monday, April 20.

General view of a drive thru coronavirus (covid-19) testing site on April 18, in Springfield, Tennessee. Tennessee drive-thru testing sites now allow those without symptoms of coronavirus to receive testing.

Protesters with the group “Reopen Maryland” rally near the State House to call on the state to lift the stay-at-home orders and reopen the economy, on April 18, in Annapolis, Maryland. Most protesters rallied from inside their cars as they caused gridlock in a traffic circle and a smaller group protested outside of their cars.

An aerial view shows Los Angeles City Hall illuminated in blue as a tribute to healthcare workers responding to the pandemic, on April 18, in Los Angeles, California.

Journalists wearing masks sit in chairs spaced for social distancing as Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks on April 17, in Baton Rouge, La.

A man and a child cross a street amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on April 17, in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Medical workers pose for photos taken by coworkers as they stand with signs saying “Heroes Work Here” that have been placed outside the FutureCare Lochearn senior nursing facility where a large number of residents and staff have reportedly tested positive on April 17, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Uber motorized scooters and bicycles are stored in a vacant parking lot at the U.S. Salvation Army building on April 17, in Washington.

Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks about the coronavirus on April 17, in the White House.

A “Now Hiring” sign advertising jobs at Lowe’s is seen as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues on April 17, in Homestead, Florida.

Banners are seen in a green beans field open for people to harvest for free, on April 17, in Homestead, Florida.

In a protest designed to adhere to social-distancing and with care taken for safety, 1,000 pop-up signs were arranged on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building showing the faces of nurses and frontline healthcare workers pleading for adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) on April 17 in Washington, D.C.

Kitchen workers prepare bag lunches at Centro Hispano Daniel Torres to be distributed at Olivet Boys and Girls Club to help feed children in Reading, Pennsylvania on April 17.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis talks to the media during a press conference at the Urban League of Broward County to announce that Florida’s first two walk-through coronavirus testing sites will be opening on Saturday as the pandemic continues on April 17.

A COVID-19 IgG and IgM Rapid Test Cassette is displayed on April 16, in New York City. The take home test says they can tell a person if they have Coronavirus antibodies in their system, thus indicating that they have had the virus.

A woman wearing a face mask and a plastic bag pulls a cart loaded with bags of recyclables through the streets of Lower Manhattan during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (which causes COVID-19) on April 16, in New York City.

A New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) wearing personal protective equipment assist a woman who was having difficulty breathing during ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID19) in New York, April 15.

An animal keeper feeds a piece of fruit to a fruit bat during a behind the scenes interactive live stream from the Oakland Zoo on April 16, in Oakland, California. Since the Oakland Zoo has been closed to the public during the shelter in place, they are offering a subscription based service that will feature five weekly behind the scenes live streamed interactive programs that will feature animal keepers and their animals. Viewers are able to interact with the keepers by submitting questions to about the animals.

Demonstrators measure out a ‘social distance’ of six feet as they gather in opposition to Virginia’s stay-at-home order and business closures in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak during a protest against the lockdown measures in Richmond, Virginia, April 16.

Michele Pottberg, a Senior Nurse Clinician on the COVID-19 treatment ward at NYU Langone Medical Center pats a New York Police Department (NYPD) horse outside the hospital on 1st Avenue in Manhattan as NYPD Mounted Police and other units came to cheer and thank healthcare workers at 7pm during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, April 16.

President Donald Trump speaks as Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao listens during an event “celebrating America’s Truckers” at the White House on April 16 in Washington, D.C. President Trump honored American truckers for their efforts to move food and supplies around the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Workers from Island Harvest and North Babylon High School prepare to serve goods to patrons on April 16 in North Babylon, New York.

Sun Pacific founder and CEO Berne Evans delivers Cuties to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on April 16 in Los Angeles, California.

The National Guard delivers food to some of the communities hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Chelsea, Massachusetts on April 16.

Protesters rally against stay-at-home orders related to the coronavirus pandemic at Capitol Square in Richmond, Virginia on April 16.

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Monday that gyms, hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, and bowling alleys will be allowed to reopen in the state on Friday—even as the number of cases of coronavirus in the state to continue to rise. 

During an afternoon press conference, Kemp said that the statewide shelter-in-place order will expire on April 30, however he urged the “medically fragile” to continue to hunker down until May 13. 

The announcement comes even as top health officials maintain that the best way to prevent further spread of the virus at this stage of the pandemic is to continue enforced social distancing.

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As of Monday, Georgia has recorded over 18,301 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and at least 637 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

“These are tough moments in our state and our nation. I hear the concerns of those that I’m honored to serve,” Kemp said. “I am confident that together we will emerge victorious from this war we have been fighting.”

The governor, who cited the pandemic’s heavy toll on the state’s economy, said that some restaurants and movie theaters can reopen on Monday as long as they adhere to social-distancing guidelines. He also gave the greenlight to churches to hold in-person services.

Kemp has faced criticism for his delayed response to the outbreak, finally issuing a shelter-in-place order weeks after the first reported infections in the state. He also claimed on April 2 that he had only just found out that the virus could be transmitted by asymptomatic carriers.

“Those individuals could have been infecting people before they ever felt bad, but we didn’t know that until the last 24 hours,” the governor said, as he announced the statewide order. 

The governor’s revelation, which he called a “game-changer,” shocked health officials who had been warning for weeks of the risk of those who could spread the disease without exhibiting any symptoms. 

Dr. Sanjay Gupta called his remarks “inexcusable” in an interview with CNN, adding, “We’ve known this for a long time. To say that we’ve just found out in the last 24 hours and that’s why we’re doing this, this is just not right.” 

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