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Coronavirus in Georgia on April 9

Here is what happened on Thursday.

For April 10 updates click here.

Below is an archive 

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The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Georgia has jumped again to more than 10,800, with more than 400 Georgians dead from COVID-19, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Scroll to read more.

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State and federal officials with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are continually monitoring the spread of the virus. They are also working hand-in-hand with the World Health Organization to track the spread around the world and to stop it.

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Thursday, April 9

Confirmed cases jump to 10,885 with 412 deaths

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Georgia has jumped again to 10,885, with 412 Georgians dead from COVID-19. There are now just under 3,000 people hospitalized.

Fulton County is now reporting more than 1,300 cases alone with nearly 50 deaths. Meanwhile, hard-hit Dougherty County is now reporting more than 1,000 cases of the virus. More than 65 people have died there. 

According to the data from the Georgia Department of Public Health, African-Americans account for more than 1,800 cases of the virus, versus the more than 1,300 cases for Non-Hispanic White Americans. There are more than 6,200 patients classified as "unknown" race.

Here is the county-by-county breakdown:

County - cases - deaths

Fulton    1336    48
Dougherty    1042    66
Dekalb    766    13
Cobb    653    32
Gwinnett    618    17
Clayton    298    11
Hall    247    0
Henry    233    3
Lee    217    15
Bartow    203    15
Carroll    195    5
Sumter    194    9
Cherokee    167    6
Douglas    134    5
Chatham    131    4
Mitchell    118    13
Muscogee    118    3
Forsyth    109    2
Houston    108    7
Early    105    5
Floyd    100    5
Terrell    98    1
Randolph    95    4
Fayette    93    4
Richmond    89    4
Coweta    87    2
Rockdale    85    2
Clarke    82    10
Colquitt    79    5
Thomas    72    3
Newton    70    3
Worth    70    4
Paulding    69    2
Crisp    60    0
Spalding    60    4
Columbia    58    0
Bibb    56    1
Tift    55    1
Troup    54    3
Lowndes    53    1
Coffee    50    2
Barrow    48    3
Ware    45    4
Upson    42    0
Pierce    40    1
Calhoun    37    2
Dooly    35    1
Oconee    34    1
Baldwin    32    1
Walton    32    2
Glynn    31    0
Bryan    28    2
Gordon    27    3
Laurens    27    0
Jackson    26    1
Butts    25    0
Decatur    25    0
Turner    25    0
Dawson    24    1
Greene    24    1
Polk    22    0
Burke    21    1
Washington    21    0
Whitfield    21    3
Peach    20    2
Camden    19    0
Effingham    19    1
Mcduffie    18    2
Meriwether    18    0
Brooks    17    1
Harris    17    1
Macon    16    0
Bulloch    15    0
Clay    15    1
Haralson    15    0
Lamar    15    0
Stephens    15    0
Johnson    14    1
Liberty    14    0
Bacon    13    0
Grady    13    0
Morgan    13    0
Seminole    13    0
Monroe    12    1
Murray    12    0
Pike    12    0
Baker    11    2
Habersham    11    0
Irwin    11    0
Schley    11    1
Toombs    11    1
White    11    0
Catoosa    10    0
Madison    10    1
Pickens    10    2
Dodge    9    0
Fannin    9    0
Jones    9    0
Lumpkin    9    0
Miller    9    0
Pulaski    9    0
Jenkins    8    1
Marion    8    0
Talbot    8    1
Wilkinson    8    0
Appling    7    0
Ben Hill    7    0
Emanuel    7    0
Telfair    7    0
Berrien    6    0
Brantley    6    1
Cook    6    0
Jasper    6    0
Lincoln    6    0
Rabun    6    0
Warren    6    0
Wilkes    6    0
Banks    5    0
Lanier    5    0
Oglethorpe    5    1
Putnam    5    0
Screven    5    0
Taylor    5    2
Union    5    1
Wilcox    5    0
Atkinson    4    0
Candler    4    0
Chattooga    4    1
Gilmer    4    0
Jefferson    4    1
Quitman    4    0
Stewart    4    0
Walker    4    0
Chattahoochee    3    0
Clinch    3    0
Crawford    3    0
Elbert    3    0
Franklin    3    0
Hart    3    0
Heard    3    1
Mcintosh    3    0
Tattnall    3    0
Wayne    3    0
Webster    3    0
Charlton    2    0
Dade    2    1
Echols    2    0
Towns    2    0
Twiggs    2    0
Wheeler    2    0
Bleckley    1    0
Hancock    1    0
Jeff Davis    1    0
Long    1    0
Treutlen    1    0
Unknown    951    8

*Based on patient county of residence when known

Georgia prison inmate dies of COVID-19

The Georgia Department of Corrections announced today the death of a 67-year old offender due to complications of COVID-19. 

State officials said the offender, who had been housed at Johnson State Prison and had underlying medical conditions, had been hospitalized at a local hospital in Augusta, Georgia, and was pronounced deceased on April 9 at approximately 10:15 a.m.

Atlanta to "Light it Blue" tonight

At 8 p.m., many of Atlanta's landmarks will "Light it Blue" as part of a national recognition of those working on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. 

In order to comply with current city and state orders designed to flatten the curve, Atlanta residents should stay home and follow social media for photos and video feeds of the lights.

Some of the landmarks participating are: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Georgia World Congress Center International Plaza, Centennial Olympic Park Amphitheater, Atlanta City Hall, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Skyview Atlanta Ferris wheel, Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, Georgia State Stadium, 14th Street Bridge, Colony Square and several others. 

City of South Fulton providing lunch to city's front line employees

The City of South Fulton is partnering with the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce to create a fund that will provide lunches each day for the city’s front line employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, while supporting local restaurants that are feeling the financial pinch created by the virus outbreak. 

The South Fulton United Fund will allow residents and businesses to contribute, with all proceeds used to provide meals for some 250 employees in the city’s police, fire, parks and recreation, public works and permitting departments. 

“We are excited to introduce yet another way to support our essential staff members as they continue to provide critical services to our 100,000 residents. South Fulton United also allows us to assist our small business community as it works through the financial impacts of COVID19,” said City Manager Odie Donald II. “I am equally thankful for the regional support we have received from businesses, residents and our staff leaders to diversify how we deliver services in the face of this unprecedented pandemic.”

MARTA adds emergency paid sick leave for all employees

MARTA announced it will provide an additional 80 hours of paid sick leave to all employees affected by COVID-19 and will implement the new requirements around Emergency Family and Medical Leave outlined in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. 

“We understand how difficult it is to be an essential public worker during this pandemic,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker. “As we all adapt to this new normal, I want to do everything I can to protect the health of our employees and our customers while continuing to provide essential transit service."

Xpress regional transit making changes, suspending fares

The State Road and Tollway Authority announced they will implement additional service reductions and suspend fares for Xpress transit effective Monday, April 13.

They said Xpress has been experiencing a "significant decrease in ridership" due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the remaining routes that are being served, SRTA is suspending fare collection on all coaches in an effort to eliminate any potential crowding at the farebox, thereby increasing social distancing. 

To review the revised schedule for Xpress, visit the website. For more information on SRTA’s efforts and service updates related to COVID-19 prevention, please visit the SRTA website.

Confirmed cases now at 10,566 with 379 deaths

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. As of Noon, there are 10,566 confirmed cases of the virus and 379 deaths reported. This is up from the 10,204 confirmed cases and 370 deaths that they announced on Wednesday evening.

Of the 10,566 confirmed cases, 1,276 are in Fulton, 1,020 are in Dougherty, 742 are in DeKalb, 629 are in Cobb and 603 are in Gwinnett. In all, there are cases reported in 155 counties (1,020 cases are listed as unknown counties). For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

They said 2,159 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Of the confirmed cases, 1 percent are between the ages of 0-17, while 60 percent are 18-59 years old, 35 percent are over 60 and 4 percent are unknown. 54 percent are female, and 44 percent are male.

In total, 38,124 tests were conducted at commercial labs, reporting 10,050 positive cases. At the Department of Public Health Laboratory, 2,961 tests were conducted with 516 positive results.

COUNTY - CASES - DEATHS

Fulton    1276    45
Dougherty    1020    62
Dekalb    742    12
Cobb    629    29
Gwinnett    603    17
Clayton    297    11
Hall    238    0
Henry    225    3
Lee    212    14
Bartow    196    12
Sumter    190    5
Carroll    183    4
Cherokee    159    6
Chatham    131    4
Douglas    127    5
Mitchell    116    14
Early    105    5
Forsyth    104    2
Houston    103    7
Floyd    99    4
Muscogee    98    2
Terrell    96    9
Randolph    91    4
Fayette    89    3
Rockdale    85    2
Coweta    84    2
Richmond    84    4
Clarke    81    9
Colquitt    78    5
Worth    68    3
Newton    67    3
Paulding    65    1
Spalding    58    4
Thomas    57    2
Columbia    55    0
Bibb    53    1
Crisp    53    0
Tift    52    1
Troup    52    3
Lowndes    50    1
Coffee    48    2
Barrow    46    3
Ware    45    4
Pierce    40    1
Upson    40    0
Calhoun    35    2
Oconee    33    1
Glynn    31    0
Baldwin    30    1
Dooly    28    1
Laurens    27    0
Walton    27    2
Gordon    26    3
Bryan    25    2
Dawson    24    1
Jackson    24    1
Butts    23    0
Greene    23    1
Polk    22    0
Turner    22    0
Decatur    21    0
Burke    20    0
Peach    20    2
Whitfield    20    3
Camden    19    0
Effingham    19    1
Mcduffie    18    1
Meriwether    18    0
Brooks    16    1
Harris    16    0
Washington    16    0
Haralson    15    0
Lamar    15    0
Liberty    15    0
Macon    15    0
Stephens    15    0
Bulloch    14    0
Clay    14    1
Bacon    13    0
Johnson    13    0
Seminole    13    0
Monroe    12    1
Morgan    12    0
Murray    12    0
Pike    12    0
Baker    11    2
White    11    0
Irwin    10    0
Madison    10    1
Pickens    10    2
Schley    10    1
Catoosa    9    0
Dodge    9    0
Fannin    9    0
Jones    9    0
Lumpkin    9    0
Miller    9    0
Pulaski    9    0
Grady    8    0
Jenkins    8    1
Toombs    8    1
Wilkinson    8    0
Appling    7    0
Habersham    7    0
Marion    7    0
Talbot    7    1
Telfair    7    0
Ben Hill    6    0
Brantley    6    1
Emanuel    6    0
Lincoln    6    0
Rabun    6    0
Warren    6    0
Chattooga    5    1
Cook    5    0
Jasper    5    0
Lanier    5    0
Putnam    5    0
Taylor    5    2
Union    5    1
Wilcox    5    0
Wilkes    5    0
Atkinson    4    0
Banks    4    0
Berrien    4    0
Candler    4    0
Gilmer    4    0
Jefferson    4    0
Quitman    4    0
Screven    4    0
Stewart    4    0
Walker    4    0
Clinch    3    0
Crawford    3    0
Elbert    3    0
Franklin    3    0
Hart    3    0
Mcintosh    3    0
Tattnall    3    0
Wayne    3    0
Webster    3    0
Charlton    2    0
Chattahoochee    2    0
Dade    2    1
Echols    2    0
Heard    2    0
Oglethorpe    2    1
Towns    2    0
Twiggs    2    0
Wheeler    2    0
Bleckley    1    0
Hancock    1    0
Jeff Davis    1    0
Long    1    0
Treutlen    1    0
Unknown    1020    8

Georgia primary election postponed, again

Due to Gov. Kemp's extension of the state of emergency, the Secretary of State announced on Thursday that the general primary/presidential preference primary election has been postponed until June 9.

The state’s presidential primaries had already been moved from March 24 to May 19. Primaries were already scheduled for that day for a U.S. Senate seat, U.S. House members and members of the state House and Senate. Now they'll all take place in June. 

Flat Shoals Kroger worker tests positive

Kroger confirmed a worker at its Flat Shoals Parkway store tested positive for the coronavirus.

Corporate Affairs Manager Felix B. Turner said the worker hadn't been at the store for 15 prior to testing positive, and that there were no other workers who showed symptoms in that time period. 

"Upon learning of the positive test, we closely followed all local, state and federal health and safety guidelines including rigorous sanitation, disinfecting, and cleaning procedures, in addition to direct communication and support with our store team," a statement said. "We will continue to follow guidance from local, state and federal agencies, including the CDC and other health organizations".

Turner added the worker received treatment and is now recovering. 

"We are supporting the associate and wish all the best in their recovery," he said.

Things to know this morning

  • Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order authorizing the allocation of up to $1.5 million to provide additional individual shelter options for people experiencing homelessness.
  • More national forests in north Georgia close down 
  • Drive-thru testing to begin in Douglasville
  • Statewide shelter-in-place order extended to April 30
  • Gas South commits more than $1M to support COVID-19 relief
  • Bank of America awarded Grady Health System $500,000 to expand treatment and testing capacity
  • Georgia’s public health state of emergency extended through May 13 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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