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Coronavirus in Georgia on April 14

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has now grown to 14,578, according to the latest information released by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Here is the latest coronavirus blog for April 15.

Below is an archive 

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At 11Alive News, our coverage of the coronavirus is rooted in Facts, not Fear. Visit the 11Alive coronavirus page for comprehensive coverage, find out what you need to know about Georgia specifically, learn more about the symptoms, and keep tabs on the cases around the world here. Have a question? Text it to us at 404-885-7600.

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.

We will continue to track the most important coronavirus elements relating to Georgia on this page. Refresh often for new information.

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Tuesday, April 14

More than 50 resident cases of COVID-19 at senior living community

The number of coronavirus cases at Arbor Terrace at Cascade has climbed to more than 50. On Tuesday, a spokesperson told 11Alive they had 52 positive resident cases.

Back on March 31, a spokesperson said they were aware of seven residents from Arbor Terrace at Cascade with confirmed cases of COVID-19. They also said in that statement that Cascade residents had been asked to quarantine in their apartments to help reduce the spread of illness in the community.

Number of cases surges to 14,578, with 524 deaths

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has now grown to 14,578, according to the latest information released by the Georgia Department of Public Health. There are now 524 people who have died from COVID-19, with another 2,800 hospitalized with the virus.

Fulton (1,812), Dougherty (1,297) and DeKalb (1,144) counties are now all reporting more than 1,000 confirmed cases of the virus. Not far behind are Cobb and Gwinnett counties.

There are still two counties in Georgia out of 159 that have not yet reported a positive case of COVID-19.

Here is the county-by-county breakdown:

County - Cases - Deaths

Fulton    1812    60
Dougherty    1297    78
DeKalb    1144    15
Cobb    895    41
Gwinnett    815    29
Clayton    435    12
Hall    363    0
Henry    306    4
Sumter    269    12
Lee    258    15
Carroll    235    6
Bartow    230    17
Cherokee    219    7
Douglas    189    6
Muscogee    175    4
Mitchell    164    19
Richmond    162    7
Chatham    157    5
Forsyth    153    5
Houston    138    9
Early    137    6
Coweta    135    2
Terrell    134    11
Randolph    131    6
Upson    128    5
Floyd    120    6
Fayette    115    5
Paulding    115    4
Rockdale    106    5
Newton    100    3
Worth    99    4
Clarke    95    12
Bibb    91    1
Thomas    89    5
Colquitt    88    5
Crisp    83    1
Spalding    83    4
Columbia    75    0
Tift    71    1
Lowndes    70    3
Baldwin    69    2
Troup    68    4
Barrow    65    3
Coffee    64    3
Ware    64    4
Calhoun    54    2
Walton    52    3
Dooly    51    2
Macon    47    0
Pierce    47    2
Decatur    46    0
Gordon    45    3
Oconee    42    0
Turner    41    1
Glynn    40    0
Dawson    36    2
Butts    35    0
Laurens    35    1
Jackson    32    1
Greene    31    1
Bryan    30    2
Mcduffie    30    2
Whitfield    29    3
Burke    28    2
Habersham    28    1
Wilcox    28    0
Effingham    25    1
Polk    25    0
Meriwether    24    0
Peach    24    2
Stephens    24    0
Harris    23    1
Camden    22    0
Pike    22    0
Washington    22    0
Grady    21    1
Liberty    21    0
Brooks    20    1
Bulloch    20    1
Johnson    20    1
Lamar    20    0
Haralson    19    1
Oglethorpe    19    1
Dodge    17    0
Marion    17    0
Baker    16    2
Clay    16    1
Murray    16    0
Seminole    16    1
Catoosa    15    0
Miller    15    0
Morgan    15    0
Toombs    15    1
Bacon    14    0
Jones    14    0
White    14    0
Appling    13    0
Fannin    13    0
Monroe    13    1
Pickens    13    2
Brantley    12    1
Irwin    12    0
Madison    12    1
Putnam    12    0
Schley    12    1
Wilkinson    12    1
Jenkins    11    1
Lumpkin    11    0
Pulaski    11    1
Telfair    11    0
Ben Hill    10    0
Talbot    10    1
Walker    10    0
Crawford    9    0
Emanuel    9    0
Jasper    9    0
Lincoln    9    0
Screven    9    0
Taylor    9    2
Banks    8    0
Berrien    8    0
Chattooga    8    1
Stewart    8    0
Towns    8    0
Union    8    1
Wilkes    8    0
Cook    7    0
Gilmer    7    0
Jefferson    7    1
Rabun    7    0
Warren    7    0
Clinch    6    0
Elbert    6    0
Wayne    6    0
Chattahoochee    5    0
Franklin    5    0
Hancock    5    0
Hart    5    0
Heard    5    1
Lanier    5    1
Tattnall    5    0
Candler    4    0
Charlton    4    0
Bleckley    3    0
Dade    3    1
Mcintosh    3    0
Quitman    3    0
Twiggs    3    0
Webster    3    0
Wheeler    3    0
Atkinson    2    0
Echols    2    0
Evans    2    0
Long    2    0
Montgomery    2    0
Jeff Davis    1    0
Treutlen    1    0
Unknown    287    0
Non-Georgia Resident    665    7

*Based on patient county of residence when known

911 call centers to get list of positive COVID-19 cases

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Public Health, will begin to provide a list of COVID-19 cases in each jurisdiction to 911 centers this week.

According to a news release, only the address will be shared with 911 centers. If a 911 call is made from that address within the 21-day period of when a patient was potentially infectious, the dispatch center will alert the responding personnel - including EMS, fire, and law enforcement - of the presence of a patient with COVID-19 at that address.

Hartsfield-Jackson lands largest CARES Act funding among U.S. airports

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is receiving the largest amount of CARES Act grant funding among all airports in the United States, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The Atlanta airport will receive a rescue package for $338,535,265, according to an announcement from the Federal Aviation Commission. The state of Georgia's 97 airports will collectively receive $410,817,650 out of a total of $10 billion earmarked for airports through the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security Act.

“This $10 billion in emergency resources will help fund the continued operations of our nation’s airports during this crisis and save workers’ jobs,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said in a prepared statement.

TSA officer who worked at Atlanta's airport dies of COVID-19

A TSA officer who worked with the agency for more than 14 years died yesterday after contracting COVID-19. He most recently worked as an officer at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Dian Phipps "dedicated his career to protecting the traveling public, and his contributions to TSA and our mission will not be forgotten," the agency said in a news release. 

Phipps first joined the TSA in 2006 and began his career working checkpoint screening operations at Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

DeKalb Schools closing early, announces new graduation dates

The DeKalb County School District announced it plans to close the 2019-2020 school year a little earlier than planned. For Pre-K to 11th grade, they will now end on May 15. The school year for seniors will end on May 8, 2020. 

Graduation ceremonies will be moved from the week of May 18-23 to the week of June 22-27. They are trying to determine if it will be a virtual graduation or a "hybrid" face-to-face with seniors and staff only, while being broadcast to families and friends.

Confirmed cases in Georgia climb to 14,223 with 501 deaths

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. As of Noon, there are 14,223 confirmed cases of the virus and 501 deaths reported. This is up from the 13,621 confirmed cases and 480 deaths that they announced on Monday evening.

Of the 14,223 confirmed cases, 1,774 are in Fulton, 1,067are in DeKalb, 1,286 are in Dougherty, 874 are in Cobb and 794 are in Gwinnett. In all, there are cases reported in 157 counties (442 cases are listed as unknown counties). They also listed 593 cases as "non-Georgia residents." For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

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.

They said 2,769 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19.

In total, 57,812 tests were conducted at commercial labs, reporting 13,462 positive cases. At the Department of Public Health Laboratory, 3,983 tests were conducted with 761 positive results.

COUNTY - CASES - DEATHS

Fulton    1774    57
Dougherty    1286    78
Dekalb    1067    15
Cobb    874    39
Gwinnett    794    26
Clayton    427    12
Hall    339    0
Henry    302    4
Sumter    265    11
Lee    257    15
Carroll    230    6
Bartow    224    17
Cherokee    211    7
Douglas    184    5
Muscogee    172    4
Chatham    156    5
Richmond    156    7
Mitchell    151    15
Forsyth    148    5
Houston    136    9
Early    132    6
Terrell    129    11
Coweta    126    2
Randolph    126    6
Upson    124    3
Floyd    119    6
Fayette    112    5
Paulding    108    4
Rockdale    104    4
Worth    98    4
Clarke    95    12
Newton    95    3
Colquitt    88    5
Spalding    82    4
Bibb    81    1
Crisp    80    1
Thomas    79    4
Columbia    74    0
Lowndes    67    3
Tift    67    1
Troup    65    3
Coffee    64    3
Ware    61    4
Baldwin    60    2
Barrow    58    3
Calhoun    53    2
Dooly    51    2
Walton    48    2
Macon    45    0
Pierce    45    2
Gordon    44    3
Decatur    42    0
Oconee    41    0
Turner    41    1
Glynn    38    0
Laurens    35    1
Butts    34    0
Dawson    32    2
Jackson    32    1
Bryan    30    2
Greene    30    1
Whitfield    29    3
Burke    28    2
Mcduffie    28    2
Wilcox    28    0
Polk    25    0
Effingham    24    1
Meriwether    24    0
Peach    24    2
Harris    23    1
Camden    22    0
Washington    22    0
Habersham    21    1
Johnson    20    1
Lamar    20    0
Liberty    20    0
Pike    20    0
Stephens    20    0
Brooks    19    1
Bulloch    19    1
Haralson    19    1
Grady    18    0
Oglethorpe    18    1
Baker    16    2
Clay    16    1
Marion    16    0
Seminole    16    1
Dodge    15    0
Miller    15    0
Morgan    15    0
Murray    15    0
Bacon    14    0
Catoosa    14    0
Jones    14    0
Appling    13    0
Fannin    13    0
Monroe    13    1
Pickens    13    2
Toombs    13    1
White    13    0
Irwin    12    0
Madison    12    1
Schley    12    1
Wilkinson    12    1
Brantley    11    1
Jenkins    11    1
Pulaski    11    1
Telfair    11    0
Lumpkin    10    0
Talbot    10    1
Ben Hill    9    0
Emanuel    9    0
Jasper    9    0
Lincoln    9    0
Putnam    9    0
Taylor    9    2
Banks    8    0
Crawford    8    0
Stewart    8    0
Union    8    1
Berrien    7    0
Chattooga    7    1
Cook    7    0
Gilmer    7    0
Jefferson    7    1
Rabun    7    0
Screven    7    0
Walker    7    0
Warren    7    0
Wilkes    7    0
Clinch    6    0
Elbert    6    0
Towns    6    0
Wayne    6    0
Hancock    5    0
Hart    5    0
Heard    5    1
Lanier    5    1
Tattnall    5    0
Candler    4    0
Charlton    4    0
Chattahoochee    4    0
Franklin    4    0
Bleckley    3    0
Dade    3    1
Mcintosh    3    0
Quitman    3    0
Webster    3    0
Wheeler    3    0
Atkinson    2    0
Echols    2    0
Evans    2    0
Long    2    0
Montgomery    2    0
Twiggs    2    0
Jeff Davis    1    0
Treutlen    1    0
Unknown    442    0
Non-Georgia Resident    593    5

Georgia announces increased staffing in healthcare facilities for COVID-19

Gov. Kemp announced plans to augment staffing levels for healthcare facilities in various parts of Georgia to combat the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The state partnered with Jackson Healthcare, a Georgia company with a portfolio of staffing, search, and technology companies that assist health systems, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities with workforce needs. The state is working with them through its subsidiary Healthcare Workforce Logistics to bring roughly 570 additional healthcare professionals to key health systems.

Expanded access for Cobb drive-thru testing

Cobb & Douglas Public Health said there would be expanded access at the Cobb County drive-through coronavirus testing location at Jim Miller Park. 

The site is not open to the general public, and testing is available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment the agency says you must "call your healthcare provider, a provider at a federally qualified healthcare center or call the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Call Center at 770-514-2300."

Those eligible now include the following:

  • Hospitalized patients 
  • The following people with symptoms:
    • Healthcare workers, first responders, and other critical infrastructure workers
    • Persons residing in long-term care facilities or other group residential settings
    • Persons 65 years of age and older
    • Patients with underlying medical conditions
    • Household members or caregivers of any of the groups above 
    • Persons with close contact with a known COVID-19 case
  • The following people without symptoms will also be tested as capacity allows: 
    • Healthcare workers, first responders, and other critical infrastructure workers that have been exposed to COVID-19
    • Residents of a long-term care facility or group residential setting experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19

Things to know on Tuesday morning

  • Emory develops diagnostic antibody blood test
  • Augusta University creates app, offers free virtual doctor visits
  • Rockdale to open drive-through testing site on Thursday
  • Gov. Kemp, state officials gives updates

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