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Coronavirus in Georgia on April 6

Here is the latest look at the cases om April 6

For the latest updates on April 7 click here.

Below is an archive

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Monday, April 6

DeKalb parks serving snacks during spring break for children

DeKalb Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs plans on providing nutritional snacks to children during spring break week, Monday, April 6, through Friday, April 10. This will be done at the following locations from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

  • Gresham Recreation Center, 3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
  • Exchange Intergenerational Recreation Center, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30034
  • Redan Recreation Center, 1839 Phillips Rd., Lithonia, GA 30058
  • Tobie Grant Recreation Center, 644 Parkdale Drive, Scottdale, GA 30079
  • N.H. Scott Recreation Center, 2230 Tilson Road, Decatur, GA 30032
  • Lucious Sanders Recreation Center, 2484 Bruce Street, Lithonia, GA 30058
  • Mason Mill Recreation Center, 1340- B McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033
  • Hamilton Recreation Center, 3263 Chapel Street, Scottdale, GA 30079
  • Midway Recreation Center, 3181 Midway Road, Decatur, GA 30032

More than 7,500 coronavirus cases in Georgia with nearly 300 deaths reported

The Georgia Department of Health released new numbers Monday evening saying that there's a total of 7,558 confirmed cases in the state, as of 7 p.m. The number of deaths total 294 with 1,393 people hospitalized. 

Of the 7,558 confirmed cases, 1,053 are in Fulton, 600 are in DeKalb, 722 are in Dougherty, 517 are in Cobb and 455 are in Gwinnett.

The breakdown also shows that 1 percent are from ages 0 to 17; 60 percent from ages 18 through 59; 35 percent ages 60+; 4 percent unknown. 53 percent are female and 45 percent are male with 2 percent unknown. 

COUNTY - CASES - DEATHS

Fulton    1053    32

Dougherty    722    44

Dekalb    600    11

Cobb    517    26

Gwinnett    455    10

Clayton    254    9

Bartow    182    11

Henry    181    3

Carroll    163    4

Lee    148    13

Cherokee    141    5

Hall    138    0

Chatham    110    4

Douglas    105    5

Sumter    90    4

Floyd    89    3

Forsyth    85    1

Rockdale    82    2

Early    81    5

Coweta    76    2

Fayette    74    4

Clarke    72    8

Houston    70    6

Terrell    66    8

Newton    65    2

Colquitt    61    5

Mitchell    59    10

Paulding    57    1

Richmond    56    1

Muscogee    47    1

Crisp    46    0

Spalding    44    4

Bibb    42    1

Lowndes    42    2

Tift    42    0

Columbia    40    0

Worth    39    3

Troup    36    2

Coffee    30    0

Barrow    29    3

Glynn    29    0

Thomas    28    0

Ware    28    3

Dooly    27    1

Randolph    26    2

Gordon    25    3

Upson    25    0

Bryan    24    2

Oconee    24    0

Pierce    23    0

Walton    23    2

Baldwin    20    1

Calhoun    20    1

Polk    20    0

Dawson    18    1

Jackson    18    0

Whitfield    18    1

Butts    17    0

Laurens    17    0

Peach    16    2

Camden    15    0

Greene    15    0

Lamar    15    0

Meriwether    15    0

Miller    15    0

Turner    15    0

Effingham    14    1

Haralson    14    0

Decatur    13    0

Liberty    12    0

Bacon    10    0

Burke    10    0

Fannin    10    0

Harris    10    0

Monroe    10    1

Murray    10    0

Bulloch    9    0

Lumpkin    9    0

Madison    9    1

Pickens    9    2

Pike    9    0

Seminole    9    0

Dodge    8    0

Mcduffie    8    1

Pulaski    8    0

Stephens    8    0

Clay    7    1

Irwin    7    0

Schley    7    1

Toombs    7    1

Appling    6    0

Ben Hill    6    0

Brooks    6    0

Catoosa    6    0

Jones    6    0

Morgan    6    0

Washington    6    0

Baker    5    1

Johnson    5    0

Lanier    5    0

Lincoln    5    0

Macon    5    0

Talbot    5    0

Warren    5    0

Berrien    4    0

Chattooga    4    1

Grady    4    0

Jasper    4    0

Jenkins    4    0

Telfair    4    0

Webster    4    0

White    4    0

Wilkes    4    0

Atkinson    3    0

Brantley    3    0

Charlton    3    0

Clinch    3    0

Franklin    3    0

Hart    3    0

Jefferson    3    0

Putnam    3    0

Rabun    3    0

Stewart    3    0

Tattnall    3    0

Taylor    3    1

Walker    3    0

Wilkinson    3    0

Banks    2    0

Candler    2    0

Chattahoochee    2    0

Cook    2    0

Elbert    2    0

Emanuel    2    0

Gilmer    2    0

Habersham    2    0

Heard    2    1

Marion    2    0

Mcintosh    2    0

Screven    2    0

Twiggs    2    0

Wayne    2    0

Wilcox    2    0

Bleckley    1    0

Crawford    1    0

Dade    1    1

Echols    1    0

Jeff Davis    1    0

Long    1    0

Oglethorpe    1    1

Quitman    1    0

Towns    1    0

Treutlen    1    0

Union    1    0

Wheeler    1    0

Unknown    309    5

APS foundation to Receive $280K Gift for COVID-19 response


The Atlanta Partners for Education is one of 27 organizations selected by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the United Way of Greater Atlanta to receive grants from the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

The grant will support COVID-19 specific programs in nutrition and technology, providing free meals for students and families and securing laptops and internet access for distance learning.

“We are thrilled to be included on the list of organizations selected to receive assistance from this fund,” APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen said. 

“The establishment of the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund is yet another example of how the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the United Way of Greater Atlanta continue to show their support and dedication to improving the lives of families in metro Atlanta. We are extremely grateful to them for this generous gift," she added.

The resources will support the partnership with GOODR, a nonprofit that will distribute school meals directly to the homes of 1,000 new APS families as well as to support I'm a Father First, a nonprofit that will distribute high meals to food insecure families in the Douglass cluster. 

Additionally, the funds will purchase devices and internet packages from Comcast as part of the " Get Our Kids Connected" campaign to ensure students can continue distance learning.  

APFE, the district's foundation, serves as the gateway through which the corporate and philanthropic communities support student achievement and develop solutions to challenges that impact APS students and families.

Rockdale County inmate tests positive

An inmate at the Rockdale County Jail has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to Capt. Jason Welch, a jail commander with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office.

The inmate was taken to Piedmont Rockdale on March 28, with a low-grade fever. After an examination, medical personnel told the jail's medical staff that the fever was due to thrush in his mouth that caused a fungal infection. 

The inmate returned to the Rockdale County Jail on March 28 and was placed on medical quarantine. The inmate was tested for COVID-19 by jail medical staff and a positive result was received on April 5, they said. 

Three additional inmates who were in contact with the positive inmate were also placed on medical quarantine immediately. Three of the four inmates have since been released on own recognizance bonds, they said.  The one inmate that was not released remains in medical quarantine and medical staff will continue to monitor him.  

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta raises $2.5 million

The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta Jewish Foundation announced today that the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund has received more than $2.7 million just over two weeks.  

The funds will be used to support organizations serving those affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic in Atlanta’s Jewish community, they said in a news release. 

“As in the rest of the world, COVID-19 is having a great impact on our Jewish Atlanta community,” says Eric Robbins, president and CEO, of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. “The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund allows our community to do what we do best - come together and support one another. This is a time to deepen our commitment to our neighbors by         providing for the most affected and most vulnerable during this unprecedented time.” 

Georgia Renaissance Festival moves from spring to fall

One of the regular harbingers of Atlanta's summer season, the Georgia Renaissance Festival said Monday it was postponing its annual run to Oct. 10 - Nov. 22, 2020. 

The festival's organizers said in a release that the RenFest industry has been devastated by the effects of COVID-19. Many festivals have had to either shorten their scheduled seasons or shut down entirely.  

In a business that relies on a handful of weekends a year in many locations for its income, this creates a huge blow for many artisans who make their living almost exclusively from crafts and items sold at the traveling fairs across North America each year. In addition, many of the entertainers who perform at renaissance fairs are adversely affected in a similar fashion.  

Festival organizers said that those who have already purchased tickets for the Georgia Renaissance Festival may use them for any day of the upcoming fall season.  

Additional information can be found at the festival's website: https://www.garenfest.com/ 

Confirmed cases climb to 7,314 with 229 deaths

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. As of Noon, there are 7,314 confirmed cases of the virus and 229 deaths reported. This is up from the 6,742 confirmed cases and 219 deaths that they announced on Sunday evening.

Of the 7,314 confirmed cases, 1,027 are in Fulton, 579 are in DeKalb, 716 are in Dougherty, 515 are in Cobb and 443 are in Gwinnett. In all, there are cases reported in 152 counties (320 cases are listed as unknown counties). For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

They said 1,332 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. 49 percent are female, and 48 percent are male.

In total, 28,777 tests were conducted at commercial labs, reporting 6,866 positive cases. At the Department of Public Health Laboratory, 2,497 tests were conducted with 448 positive results.

COUNTY - CASES - DEATHS

Fulton    1027    28
Dougherty    716    31
Dekalb    579    10
Cobb    515    25
Gwinnett    443    10
Clayton    244    9
Bartow    179    7
Henry    178    3
Carroll    163    2
Lee    147    9
Cherokee    133    5
Hall    131    0
Chatham    104    3
Douglas    102    5
Sumter    87    4
Floyd    84    3
Forsyth    80    1
Rockdale    80    2
Coweta    76    2
Early    76    1
Fayette    74    4
Clarke    69    8
Terrell    65    3
Houston    64    6
Newton    62    2
Mitchell    56    1
Richmond    56    1
Paulding    54    0
Colquitt    53    3
Crisp    43    0
Tift    42    0
Spalding    41    2
Bibb    40    1
Columbia    40    0
Lowndes    40    1
Muscogee    40    0
Worth    39    2
Troup    37    1
Glynn    29    0
Thomas    28    0
Barrow    27    2
Gordon    24    2
Oconee    24    0
Randolph    24    0
Walton    23    2
Upson    22    0
Ware    22    3
Bryan    21    2
Pierce    21    0
Decatur    20    0
Polk    20    0
Calhoun    19    1
Dawson    19    0
Dooly    19    1
Butts    17    0
Jackson    17    0
Whitfield    17    1
Laurens    16    0
Baldwin    15    1
Coffee    15    0
Greene    15    0
Peach    15    2
Lamar    14    0
Miller    14    0
Turner    14    0
Effingham    13    1
Liberty    13    0
Meriwether    13    0
Burke    10    0
Haralson    10    0
Harris    10    0
Monroe    10    1
Murray    10    0
Camden    9    0
Fannin    9    0
Lumpkin    9    0
Pickens    9    2
Pike    9    0
Seminole    9    0
Bulloch    8    0
Dodge    8    0
Mcduffie    8    1
Stephens    8    0
Bacon    7    0
Clay    7    0
Jones    7    0
Madison    7    1
Pulaski    7    0
Toombs    7    1
Appling    6    0
Brooks    6    0
Catoosa    6    0
Irwin    6    0
Schley    6    0
Washington    6    0
Baker    5    1
Ben Hill    5    0
Franklin    5    0
Lincoln    5    0
Morgan    5    0
Talbot    5    0
Warren    5    0
Grady    4    0
Jenkins    4    0
Lanier    4    0
Macon    4    0
Telfair    4    0
Webster    4    0
White    4    0
Wilkes    4    0
Banks    3    0
Berrien    3    0
Chattooga    3    0
Hart    3    0
Jasper    3    0
Jefferson    3    0
Johnson    3    0
Putnam    3    0
Rabun    3    0
Stewart    3    0
Tattnall    3    0
Taylor    3    1
Walker    3    0
Wilkinson    3    0
Brantley    2    0
Candler    2    0
Charlton    2    0
Chattahoochee    2    0
Clinch    2    0
Elbert    2    0
Habersham    2    0
Heard    2    1
Marion    2    0
Mcintosh    2    0
Screven    2    0
Twiggs    2    0
Wayne    2    0
Wilcox    2    0
Bleckley    1    0
Cook    1    0
Crawford    1    0
Dade    1    1
Emanuel    1    0
Gilmer    1    0
Jeff Davis    1    0
Long    1    0
Oglethorpe    1    1
Quitman    1    0
Towns    1    0
Treutlen    1    0
Union    1    0
Wheeler    1    0
Unknown    320    5

Piedmont looks to open new tower months ahead of schedule to accommodate COVID-19 patients

Piedmont Healthcare said they have received the Certificate of Occupancy for the Marcus Tower at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital off Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

They received the certificate in late March and are actively working to procure the equipment and furnishing required to open the first nursing unit in the tower, they said in a news release. 

"The date of the opening will depend on Piedmont’s ability to secure the needed equipment and specialty staff, which are currently in short supply across the United States," they said. 

Originally, the tower, which was made possible through an initial donation of $75 million from Bernie and Billi Marcus via The Marcus Foundation, was set to open Aug. 1.

Rooms to Go Founder, President and CEO Jeff Seaman has made a $1 million gift to the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation’s COVID-19 Infrastructure Fund, which will support early activation of the Marcus Tower at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.

Dawson County Sheriff's deputy tests positive

A Dawson County Sheriff's deputy has tested positive for COVID-19, the agency said on Facebook. 

They said the deputy is quarantined at home "recovering" and "doing well." 

"The effected deputy was originally diagnosed with a sinus infection and placed on restricted duty to minimize contact with others," they wrote. "Please pray for our deputy and all of those essential service professionals who continue to serve our community."

Drive-thru testing site at Georgia Tech 

Gov. Brian Kemp announced that the state and CVS Health have joined forces to increase access to rapid COVID-19 testing. 

Starting today, CVS will be operating drive-thru rapid COVID-19 testing at a site on Georgia Tech's campus. At full capacity, the site will be able to conduct up to 1,000 tests per day.

"Increased access to rapid testing remains one of our top priorities in order to identify more cases, get Georgians the care they need, and prevent further infection in our communities," Gov. Kemp said. "This unique, public-private partnership will strengthen our testing capability as we continue to take the fight to COVID-19 in Georgia, and we are grateful for CVS Health's support to stop the spread of the virus."

Testing will take place at a parking deck on Georgia Tech's campus, where officials will be able to accommodate multiple lanes of cars at one time. Health care providers, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants from MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, will be onsite to oversee testing. 

The process will take approximately 30 minutes from specimen collection to delivery of results, and patients will need to pre-register in advance for a same-day appointment online at www.CVS.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing.

Daughter of MLK named to Georgia coronavirus outreach group

Georgia's governor has named one of the daughters of The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to help lead a new outreach committee as the state copes with the coronavirus. 

Gov. Brian Kemp on Sunday said The King Center CEO Bernice King will co-chair the committee with Engaged Futures Group LLC President Leo Smith. 

More than a dozen other members, including business and nonprofit leaders, make up the committee. Georgia has seen more than 200 deaths in the state and more than 1,200 have been hospitalized. Total infections confirmed in the state exceed 6,600. 

- The Associated Press

Things to know on Monday 

  • A Georgia inmate has died from complications tied to COVID-19, the state's Department of Corrections confirmed on Saturday.
  • Cobb Schools to students: Accept March grade as final or use the digital score to improve
  • Two metro Atlanta mainstays of the Easter season -- the Sunday morning service at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and the Easter Sunrise Service at the top of Stone Mountain -- have been canceled.  

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