Friday, July 31, 2020 10:32 PM EST
By JEFF AMY, AP
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor says one of the nation’s largest convention centers will reopen on Monday with “surge beds” to treat COVID-19 patients as critical care units across the state remain nearly full. Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday that the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta will begin receiving patients Monday with 60 beds initially. Later Friday, Kemp signed executive orders extending the state of emergency to combat the coronavirus outbreak. One of those orders makes new claims about Kemp's legal authority, which could be aimed at bolstering the governor's position in a lawsuit against Atlanta officials. Kemp says local governments don't have the legal power to do anything different than his orders. Local governments that have ordered more restrictions disagree.