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As COVID cases surge, lawmakers encourage precautions but stop short of mandates
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Visitors to downtown Gainesville enjoy the mild weather Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, while shopping and dining on the sidewalk. Businesses have adapted to changes forced by the coronavirus pandemic, and as numbers surged to new records locally, shutdowns seemed unlikely, according to several elected officials. - photo by Scott Rogers
As the Northeast Georgia Health System on Friday treated its highest number of COVID-19 patients since the pandemic began, local and state government officials encouraged precautions, especially during the holiday season as more people gather.