Historic Fourth Ward Park on May 10 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

2,946 new coronavirus cases were reported by Georgia's state health department over the last 24 hours, the highest spike in the state yet.

Why it matters: Georgia lifted its shelter-in-place warning for most residents over 65 years old in mid-June, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.

By the numbers: Over 84,000 people in the state have cumulatively tested positive for the coronavirus overall, per the state's health department. More than 2,800 people have died and another 11,000 people have been hospitalized. Over 2,300 people have been admitted to intensive care units.

  • Daily reported fatalities in the state have gradually decreased since May 1, per the state health department.

The big picture: The pandemic has surged across the U.S. since late June, but the South is particularly vulnerable to the crisis due to weak health care systems and a higher concentration of at-risk populations.

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  2. Politics: Top HHS spokesperson pitched coronavirus ad campaign as "helping the president" — Space Force's No. 2 general tests positive for coronavirus
  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases — Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" wave France imposes lockdown Germany to close bars and restaurants for a month.
  4. Sports: Boston Marathon delayed MLB to investigate Dodgers player who joined celebration after positive COVID test.
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Lindsey Graham refuses to take COVID test for Senate debate in SC

Graham talks with reporters in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) refused to take a COVID-19 test as demanded by his Democratic challenger, Jaime Harrison, forcing organizers of Friday's U.S. Senate debate to change the format at the last minute.

Why it matters: If Graham were to test positive for the virus it could delay confirmation hearings on Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

Trump says he's off coronavirus treatment medication

President Trump said he has been off coronavirus medication for at least eight hours, in his first televised event since his hospitalization for treatment of COVID-19.

Why it matters: Trump claimed on Fox News that he went to Walter Reed Medical Center because he felt tired and denied that he received supplemental oxygen because he had trouble breathing. White House physician Sean Conley said last week that the president received oxygen after his oxygen saturation level dropped below 94%.