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Coronavirus in Georgia on Thursday, April 30

Fulton County has the most cases with 2,809

ATLANTA — This is an archive of events and activities on Thursday, April 30. 

For an update of news and events from Friday, May 1, please visit our daily blog.

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The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. As of 7 p.m., there are 26,260 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,132 deaths reported. Scroll to read more.

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. As of Noon, there are 26,033 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,107 deaths reported. Scroll to read more. 

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.

Key Facts: 

  • 1,132 deaths from the novel coronavirus in Georgia. This is an increase of 25 since the update at noon. There were 942 deaths reported at noon on Monday. 
  • 26,260 confirmed cases across the state, an increase of 626 from the count at this time last night.
  • Statewide shelter-in-place order will expire on at midnight
  • All public schools in Georgia closed through the end of the school year
  • Public Health Emergency remains in effect until June 12

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Confirmed cases at 26,260 with 1,132 deaths

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. As of 7 p.m., there are 26,260 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,132 deaths reported. This is up from the 26,033 confirmed cases and 1,107 deaths that they announced on Monday evening.

Of the 26,260 confirmed cases, 2809 are in Fulton, 2027 are in DeKalb, 1505 are in Dougherty, 1615 are in Cobb and 1786 are in Gwinnett. For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

They said 5,190 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19.

COUNTY - CASES - DEATHS

Fulton    2809    117
DeKalb    2027    48
Gwinnett    1786    57
Cobb    1615    94
Dougherty    1505    120
Hall    1332    21
Non-Georgia Resident    962    14
Clayton    713    27
Henry    493    12
Cherokee    467    11
Richmond    406    15
Unknown    393    0
Sumter    380    28
Carroll    358    14
Douglas    319    11
Lee    318    20
Bartow    313    30
Mitchell    310    30
Bibb    305    10
Muscogee    303    7
Forsyth    298    9
Habersham    257    8
Chatham    226    9
Houston    223    14
Upson    216    18
Baldwin    215    8
Early    214    20
Spalding    208    9
Newton    196    7
Coweta    195    4
Paulding    186    8
Rockdale    186    6
Thomas    186    19
Colquitt    185    6
Terrell    183    19
Fayette    176    10
Crisp    166    3
Columbia    160    4
Randolph    159    19
Lowndes    155    4
Worth    153    11
Clarke    150    13
Troup    148    4
Floyd    144    11
Butts    141    11
Coffee    138    7
Barrow    133    4
Dooly    129    9
Walton    126    4
Ware    121    11
Tift    117    5
Whitfield    103    4
Calhoun    99    4
Jackson    93    2
Gordon    92    12
Wilcox    89    9
Burke    85    3
Decatur    82    1
Stephens    78    1
Macon    76    3
Appling    70    6
Gilmer    68    0
Turner    68    8
Oconee    64    0
Grady    63    4
Dawson    61    1
Walker    61    0
Harris    60    2
Laurens    60    1
White    59    0
Brooks    58    6
Polk    57    0
Glynn    55    1
Pierce    55    3
Greene    54    2
Meriwether    54    1
Bryan    52    2
Johnson    49    2
Oglethorpe    48    3
Catoosa    47    0
Peach    46    2
Hancock    45    2
McDuffie    45    4
Lumpkin    44    2
Marion    42    1
Washington    42    1
Pike    40    2
Putnam    40    5
Lamar    38    1
Bulloch    37    2
Liberty    37    0
Effingham    35    1
Wilkinson    35    2
Camden    33    1
Miller    33    0
Union    33    1
Murray    31    0
Toombs    31    3
Pulaski    30    1
Fannin    29    1
Seminole    29    2
Haralson    28    1
Jones    28    0
Morgan    28    0
Telfair    27    0
Dodge    26    1
Pickens    26    2
Talbot    26    1
Ben Hill    25    0
Wilkes    25    0
Bacon    24    1
Banks    24    0
Madison    24    1
Stewart    24    0
Baker    23    2
Brantley    23    2
Cook    23    1
Elbert    23    0
Monroe    23    3
Clay    22    3
Emanuel    21    0
Jasper    21    0
Towns    21    1
Franklin    18    1
Berrien    17    0
Jeff Davis    17    1
Taylor    17    2
Bleckley    16    0
Chattooga    16    2
Jenkins    16    1
Schley    16    1
Crawford    15    0
Irwin    15    1
Screven    15    1
Dade    14    1
Jefferson    14    1
Rabun    13    0
Wayne    13    0
Chattahoochee    12    0
Lincoln    12    0
Warren    12    0
Hart    10    0
Heard    10    1
Tattnall    10    0
Webster    10    2
Atkinson    8    1
Charlton    8    0
Clinch    8    0
Lanier    8    1
Twiggs    8    0
Candler    7    0
Echols    5    0
Long    5    0
Evans    4    0
McIntosh    4    0
Quitman    4    1
Wheeler    4    0
Treutlen    3    0
Montgomery    2    0
Taliaferro    0    0

Delta to require all passengers wear masks

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced on Thursday that starting May 4, all passengers would be required to wear masks. This comes after they announced earlier in the week that all employees would have to wear the protection if they are unable to maintain a 6-foot distance.

They said this is in alignment with what the Centers for Disease Control recommends.

Mock funeral procession protests Georgia reopening

A mock funeral procession was held in Atlanta on Thursday to protest the reopening of Georgia. The protest was a rolling one, staged by a line of cars that appeared to include a small handful of hearses. It was organized by the group Georgia Coalition 2 Save Lives and began at the Carl Williams Funeral Home in Castleberry Hill this afternoon.

The procession went to the Georgia Capitol Building and then on to circle Grady and Crawford Long Hospitals.

FULL STORY/VIDEO: Mock funeral procession protests Georgia reopening

Transit workers in metro Atlanta seek safer conditions

Gwinnett County’s transit system is taking steps to make buses safer – and reportedly avoided a walkout by drivers Thursday. But pandemic-related issues remain at transit systems around metro Atlanta.

The coronavirus is a risk for both passengers and bus operators. Operators represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union have been in talks with Gwinnett, MARTA and Cobb county’s bus systems to lower those risks.

The union has asked for hazard pay; PPE and other safety gear; requiring masks for passengers; and paid COVID 19 testing for transit workers, among other things.

FULL STORY: Transit workers in metro Atlanta seek safer conditions

Little League World Series canceled

Little League International said it made the difficult decision to cancel its seven World Series tournaments and the regional qualifying events due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“This is a heartbreaking decision for everyone at Little League International, but more so for those millions of Little Leaguers who have dreamt of one day playing in one of our seven World Series events,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO.

This is the first time in history that the Little League World Series has had to be canceled. 

FULL STORY: Little League World Series canceled for 1st time in history

Bars, live entertainment venues, public pools to remain closed

Bars and nightclubs are among those operations that will stay closed until May 14 under Gov. Brian Kemp's executive order issued Thursday. The governor also cautions that the requirement they stay shut may be extended.

In a release, the governor's office included a graphic that said until 11:59 p.m. on May 13 "bars, nightclubs, public swimming pools, live performance venues, and operators of amusement park rides remain closed unless extended."

FULL STORY: Kemp's order keeps bars, nightclubs closed until May 14

Gov. Kemp extends shelter in place for some Georgians

Gov. Kemp officially extended public health state of emergency and a shelter-in-place order for the medically fragile and elderly until June 12.

He also extended an executive order outlining special protocalls for nursing homes and senior living facilities and another order authorizing the National Guard to assist in the COVID-19 response.

FULL STORY: Kemp extends public health state of emergency through mid-June, lifts shelter-in-place for most residents

See the full order below:

Confirmed cases top 26K and 1.1K deaths

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. As of Noon, there are 26,033 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,107 deaths reported*. This is up from the 25,634 confirmed cases and 1,095 deaths that they announced on Wednesday evening.

Of the 26,033 confirmed cases, 2799 are in Fulton, 1994 are in DeKalb, 1499 are in Dougherty, 1585 are in Cobb and 1766 are in Gwinnett. For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

They said 5,110 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19.

*The new total could indicate a lag in cases that were confirmed earlier but not reported until today

COUNTY - CASES - DEATHS

Fulton    2799    118
DeKalb    1994    46
Gwinnett    1766    55
Cobb    1585    89
Dougherty    1499    119
Hall    1289    20
Non-Georgia Resident    1052    14
Clayton    697    27
Henry    501    12
Unknown    464    0
Cherokee    457    11
Richmond    398    14
Sumter    377    28
Carroll    350    14
Lee    315    20
Douglas    311    11
Bartow    310    30
Mitchell    305    30
Bibb    303    10
Muscogee    302    7
Forsyth    292    9
Habersham    252    7
Chatham    223    9
Houston    220    13
Upson    215    17
Early    214    21
Baldwin    211    8
Spalding    208    9
Coweta    195    4
Newton    193    7
Rockdale    184    6
Colquitt    181    6
Fayette    180    10
Thomas    180    19
Terrell    178    19
Paulding    176    8
Crisp    163    3
Randolph    159    19
Columbia    157    4
Lowndes    153    4
Worth    150    10
Troup    148    4
Clarke    147    13
Floyd    139    11
Butts    138    5
Barrow    131    4
Coffee    129    7
Dooly    124    9
Walton    123    3
Ware    118    10
Tift    114    5
Whitfield    96    4
Calhoun    95    4
Gordon    92    12
Jackson    89    1
Wilcox    88    9
Burke    84    3
Decatur    82    1
Macon    74    3
Stephens    73    1
Appling    67    6
Gilmer    67    0
Turner    67    8
Grady    63    3
Walker    61    0
Dawson    60    1
Oconee    60    0
Harris    59    2
White    59    0
Polk    57    0
Brooks    56    6
Laurens    56    1
Glynn    55    1
Pierce    55    3
Greene    54    2
Meriwether    54    1
Bryan    51    2
Oglethorpe    49    3
Catoosa    46    0
McDuffie    45    4
Peach    45    2
Johnson    43    2
Marion    42    1
Hancock    41    1
Lumpkin    40    2
Pike    40    2
Putnam    38    5
Washington    38    1
Bulloch    37    2
Lamar    37    2
Liberty    36    0
Wilkinson    35    2
Effingham    34    1
Union    33    1
Camden    32    1
Miller    31    0
Murray    31    0
Toombs    31    3
Seminole    30    2
Fannin    28    1
Haralson    28    1
Jones    28    0
Morgan    28    0
Pulaski    27    1
Pickens    26    2
Ben Hill    25    0
Dodge    25    1
Talbot    25    1
Telfair    25    0
Madison    24    1
Stewart    24    0
Wilkes    24    0
Baker    23    2
Banks    23    0
Elbert    23    0
Monroe    23    3
Bacon    22    1
Brantley    22    2
Cook    22    1
Jasper    22    0
Clay    21    2
Emanuel    21    0
Towns    21    1
Berrien    18    0
Franklin    17    1
Taylor    17    2
Chattooga    16    2
Jenkins    16    1
Schley    16    1
Crawford    15    0
Irwin    15    1
Jeff Davis    15    1
Screven    15    1
Dade    14    1
Jefferson    14    1
Bleckley    13    0
Chattahoochee    12    0
Lincoln    12    0
Rabun    12    0
Warren    12    0
Wayne    12    0
Hart    10    0
Tattnall    10    0
Webster    10    2
Heard    9    1
Charlton    8    0
Clinch    8    0
Lanier    8    1
Twiggs    8    0
Atkinson    7    1
Candler    7    0
Echols    5    0
Evans    4    0
Long    4    0
McIntosh    4    0
Quitman    4    1
Wheeler    4    0
Treutlen    3    0
Montgomery    2    0
Taliaferro    0    0

Mercedes-Benz Stadium offering free COVID-19 tests

The Arthur Blank Foundation announced they are partnering with LA-based CORE Response to conduct COVID-19 testing at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

They said the plan is for testing to be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the foreseeable future. 

The preference is for people to pre-register, but they will also have walk-up registration on site. There is no cost to be tested.

Blue Angels, Thunderbirds to fly over Atlanta

The U.S. Navy's, the Blue Angels, and the U.S. Air Force's, the Thunderbirds, will honor front-line COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over the city on Saturday at 2:20 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes.

They said that residents in these areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine and should maintain all social distancing guidelines during this event.

FULL STORY: Blue Angels, Thunderbirds to fly over Atlanta on Saturday | What you need to know

Things to know this morning 

  • Returning to classrooms this fall remains a possibility for Fulton County students
  • VA still using a controversial drug on Georgia veterans with COVID-19 despite FDA warning
  • Forsyth County Sheriff's Office confirms 9 employees have COVID-19
  • Georgia front-line workers able to utilize a N95 mask up to 20 times - here's how
  • Recent studies point to obesity as a risk factor for COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • Appointments still available for testing on Friday in Conyers
  • Atlanta-based UPS expands 'drone airline' route to deliver prescriptions
  • Douglasville to reopen some facilities
  • Rescheduled Atlanta NASCAR race confirmed for June 7
  • Fulton County ramps up coronavirus testing with neighborhood walk-up testing

11Alive is focusing our news coverage on the facts and not the fear around the virus. We want to keep you informed about the latest developments while ensuring that we deliver confirmed, factual information. 

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

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Area malls, including Lenox Square, Phipps and Mall of Georgia plan to reopen on Friday