APS Essential Workers Will Receive 'Hero Pay': GA Coronavirus

Andrea V. Watson

ATLANTA, GA — Atlanta Public Schools will give the district’s front-line workers “hero pay,” reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Essential workers such as those working in safety, facilities and food and nutrition aren’t able to work from home.

APS will begin paying them at a rate of time and a half for hours they’ve worked beginning April 13, after spring break.

Students have been participating in virtual learning at home since March 16. Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order to keep public schools in Georgia closed through the end of the year, an attempt to limit the risk of the coronavirus spreading.

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More than 1.3 million COVID-19 cases are confirmed worldwide and more than 79,000 people have died, Johns Hopkins reported Tuesday. The U.S. has over 379,000 cases, the most of any country as of Tuesday.

Georgia saw its largest jump of deaths due to coronavirus on Tuesday, when numbers released by the Georgia Department of Public Health at noon showed 329 deaths, an increase of 100 from Monday at noon.

As of noon on Tuesday, there have been 8,818 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Georgia, and 1,774 hospitalized. This is an increase of 442 hospitalizations and 1,504 new cases since Monday at noon.

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This article originally appeared on the Atlanta Patch