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Coronavirus in Georgia for Saturday, April 18

This is what was happening on Saturday in Georgia.

ATLANTA — Visit our daily page for the most up-to-date information from Sunday, April 19.

This is an archive from Saturday, April 18.

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Georgia is now reporting 17,841 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 677 deaths. Of the total who have gotten confirmed cases of the virus, 3,447 - or about 19.32 percent - have been hospitalized. Scroll to read more.

As President Trump begins to set out a roadmap for reopening the economy, Georgia is in some respects seeing signs of the curve flattening and the peak of the crisis extending out into early May as a result. 

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.

Key Facts: 

Saturday, April 18

Coronavirus cases in Georgia rise to 17,841, deaths to 677

Georgia is now reporting 17,841 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 677 deaths. Of the total who have gotten confirmed cases of the virus, 3,447 - or about 19.32 percent - have been hospitalized.

Fulton County leads in the total number of cases with 2,065 confirmed. Dougherty County in southwest Georgia, however, continues to lead in deaths with 91. DeKalb County, meanwhile, is just one case away from having the second largest number of confirmed cases in Georgia at 1,408 - just behind Dougherty's 1,409.

Here's a list of coronavirus cases sorted by county. The first number represents confirmed cases. The second represents deaths.

Fulton    2065    74

Dougherty    1409    91

Dekalb    1408    24

Cobb    1104    51

Gwinnett    1059    36

Hall    607    6

Clayton    505    17

Henry    355    7

Sumter    314    14

Cherokee    285    8

Lee    272    15

Carroll    271    9

Richmond    262    10

Bartow    246    22

Douglas    229    6

Muscogee    218    4

Mitchell    212    23

Forsyth    197    7

Bibb    193    1

Chatham    178    5

Upson    170    8

Early    165    8

Houston    165    10

Coweta    160    3

Terrell    146    14

Randolph    141    13

Fayette    136    5

Paulding    133    6

Spalding    126    7

Floyd    122    8

Newton    121    3

Colquitt    120    5

Rockdale    119    6

Worth    119    5

Thomas    115    13

Crisp    114    2

Baldwin    108    2

Clarke    106    13

Columbia    100    1

Lowndes    89    3

Barrow    87    3

Troup    86    4

Tift    82    3

Ware    81    5

Coffee    76    3

Habersham    73    2

Dooly    69    4

Walton    59    3

Gordon    58    5

Calhoun    57    2

Decatur    55    0

Pierce    51    2

Turner    51    2

Glynn    49    0

Macon    48    0

Oconee    48    0

Burke    47    2

Jackson    47    1

Dawson    43    1

Whitfield    43    3

Greene    42    1

Wilcox    42    2

Butts    41    0

Laurens    41    1

Meriwether    40    0

Harris    39    2

Mcduffie    37    2

Johnson    33    1

Bryan    32    2

Liberty    32    0

Oglethorpe    32    2

Peach    32    2

Stephens    31    1

Pike    30    1

Polk    29    0

Camden    28    0

Bulloch    27    1

Grady    27    1

Marion    26    1

Effingham    25    1

Washington    25    1

Lamar    24    0

Brooks    23    5

Lumpkin    22    0

Appling    20    0

Clay    20    2

Haralson    20    1

Miller    20    0

Morgan    20    0

Seminole    20    2

Toombs    20    2

White    20    0

Wilkinson    20    1

Catoosa    19    0

Dodge    19    0

Putnam    19    1

Bacon    18    1

Brantley    18    2

Murray    18    0

Pickens    18    2

Baker    16    2

Jones    16    0

Pulaski    16    1

Talbot    16    1

Fannin    15    0

Irwin    15    0

Jasper    15    0

Monroe    15    1

Schley    15    1

Stewart    15    0

Madison    14    1

Telfair    14    0

Walker    14    0

Banks    13    0

Ben Hill    13    0

Crawford    13    0

Cook    12    1

Emanuel    12    0

Jenkins    12    1

Towns    12    0

Union    12    1

Wilkes    12    0

Gilmer    11    0

Jefferson    11    1

Screven    11    1

Berrien    10    0

Franklin    10    0

Taylor    10    2

Warren    10    0

Chattooga    9    1

Lincoln    9    0

Dade    8    1

Clinch    7    0

Elbert    7    0

Hancock    7    0

Heard    7    1

Rabun    7    0

Wayne    7    0

Bleckley    6    0

Chattahoochee    6    0

Lanier    6    1

Atkinson    5    0

Candler    5    0

Charlton    5    0

Hart    5    0

Jeff Davis    5    0

Tattnall    5    0

Webster    5    0

Echols    4    0

Mcintosh    4    0

Twiggs    4    0

Quitman    3    1

Wheeler    3    0

Evans    2    0

Long    2    0

Montgomery    2    0

Treutlen    1    0

Unknown    245    0

Non-Georgia Resident    827    7

Confirmed COVID-19 cases at 230 nursing homes, facilities across Georgia

According to a newly-updated Ga. Dept. of Community Health report, there are confirmed COVID-19 cases at 230 nursing and personal care facilities across the state.

Gov. Brian Kemp has directed the Georgia National Guard to visit all long-term care facilities in the state to assess their condition and to establish a means of ensuring those facilities are free of COVID-19.

Last Monday, Kemp said he was directing the National Guard to use 60 teams to sanitize the facilities around the state.

RELATED: State agency: Confirmed COVID-19 cases at 230 nursing homes, facilities across Georgia

More than 17,600 confirmed cases reported with 673 deaths Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the state of Georgia had grown to over 17,600, with 673 deaths reported, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The largest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 was in Fulton County, with 2,054, and 74 deaths. 

The most notable hot spot in the state continues in the Albany area. It is the county seat of Dougherty County, where 1,406 cases have been reported along with 91 deaths. 

DeKalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties each have reported more than 1,000 cases each -- with 1,396; 1,100 and 1,050, respectively. 

There are a total of 3,420 people hospitalized across the state with confirmed cases of COVID-19, or 19.36 percent of the total number of cases. 

The total number of confirmed cases as reported by county are as follows: 

County - Cases - Deaths 

Fulton    2054    74
Dougherty    1406    91
Dekalb    1396    24
Cobb    1100    51
Gwinnett    1050    36
Hall    607    6
Clayton    505    17
Henry    353    7
Sumter    311    14
Cherokee    276    8
Lee    272    15
Carroll    270    9
Richmond    258    10
Bartow    246    22
Douglas    226    6
Mitchell    212    23
Muscogee    211    4
Bibb    192    1
Forsyth    188    7
Chatham    177    5
Upson    170    8
Early    165    8
Houston    164    10
Coweta    156    3
Terrell    145    14
Randolph    141    12
Fayette    135    5
Paulding    132    5
Spalding    126    7
Floyd    121    8
Newton    121    3
Colquitt    119    5
Rockdale    119    6
Worth    119    5
Thomas    115    13
Crisp    114    2
Baldwin    108    2
Clarke    106    13
Columbia    97    1
Barrow    87    3
Lowndes    87    3
Tift    82    3
Troup    82    4
Ware    80    5
Coffee    75    3
Habersham    72    2
Dooly    69    4
Walton    58    3
Calhoun    57    2
Gordon    57    5
Decatur    55    0
Pierce    51    2
Turner    51    2
Glynn    48    0
Oconee    48    0
Jackson    47    1
Macon    47    0
Whitfield    43    3
Dawson    42    1
Greene    42    1
Burke    41    2
Butts    41    0
Laurens    41    1
Meriwether    40    0
Wilcox    40    0
Harris    37    2
Mcduffie    37    2
Johnson    33    1
Liberty    32    0
Oglethorpe    32    2
Peach    32    2
Bryan    31    2
Pike    30    1
Stephens    30    1
Polk    29    0
Camden    27    0
Grady    27    1
Bulloch    26    1
Marion    26    1
Effingham    25    1
Lamar    24    0
Washington    24    1
Brooks    23    5
Lumpkin    22    0
Morgan    21    0
Clay    20    2
Haralson    20    1
Miller    20    0
Seminole    20    2
Toombs    20    2
White    20    0
Wilkinson    20    1
Catoosa    19    0
Dodge    19    0
Appling    18    0
Brantley    18    2
Murray    18    0
Putnam    18    1
Bacon    17    1
Baker    16    2
Jones    16    0
Pickens    16    2
Pulaski    16    1
Talbot    16    1
Fannin    15    0
Irwin    15    0
Monroe    15    1
Schley    15    1
Stewart    15    0
Jasper    14    0
Madison    14    1
Telfair    14    0
Banks    13    0
Ben Hill    13    0
Crawford    13    0
Walker    13    0
Cook    12    1
Emanuel    12    0
Jenkins    12    1
Jefferson    11    1
Screven    11    1
Wilkes    11    0
Berrien    10    0
Franklin    10    0
Gilmer    10    0
Taylor    10    2
Towns    10    0
Union    10    1
Warren    10    0
Chattooga    9    1
Lincoln    9    0
Dade    8    1
Clinch    7    0
Elbert    7    0
Heard    7    1
Rabun    7    0
Wayne    7    0
Bleckley    6    0
Chattahoochee    6    0
Hancock    6    0
Lanier    6    1
Atkinson    5    0
Candler    5    0
Charlton    5    0
Hart    5    0
Jeff Davis    5    0
Tattnall    5    0
Webster    5    0
Echols    4    0
Mcintosh    4    0
Twiggs    4    0
Quitman    3    1
Wheeler    3    0
Evans    2    0
Long    2    0
Montgomery    2    0
Treutlen    1    0
Unknown    220    0
Non-Georgia Resident    815    7

*Based on patient county of residence when known 

For a detailed county-by-county view of the numbers across the state, please visit our interacive COVID-19 tracking map.

Kennesaw city officials forced to lay-off 23 employees by pandemic's effects

The city of Kennesaw has been forced to temporarily lay off 23 staffers as a result of the effects of the coronavirus on the city.

City officials confirmed to 11Alive on Saturday morning that the layoffs occurred on Friday and are the result of reduced tax revenues.

Those affected are working in departments that have been shut down as a result of the pandemic, including the city museums, Smith-Gilbert Gardens, parks and recreation departments and the city's courts.

RELATED: City of Kennesaw lays off 23 due to coronavirus

Coweta County Schools set alternative graduation details

The Coweta County Schools have announced alternative plans for honoring graduates from their three high schools.

The schools plan a "Virtual Honors Night" and "Virtual Graduation Night" for each school, with a presentation streamed online and on social media in May, with a formal live graduation ceremony for each school in late July, as circumstances allow.

The virtual honors nights are: Newnan High School, Thursday, May 7; Northgate High School, Monday, May 18; East Coweta High School, Tuesday, May 19.

Virtual graduations will be held on the nights the original graduation ceremonies were scheduled: Northgate High School, Thursday, May 21; Newnan High School, Friday, May 22; East Coweta High School, Saturday, May 23.

Formal ceremonies for 2020 graduates and their families will be held at school campuses as circumstances allow: Northgate High School: Wednesday, July 29; Newnan High School, Thursday, July 30; East Coweta High School, Friday, July 31.  

Specific details for the ceremonies will follow as the dates come closer.

More than 17,400 confirmed cases reported with 668 deaths

The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the state of Georgia has now reached 17,432 with 668 deaths reported, according to the latest numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Graphs provided by the department appear to show a bend in the curve of cases, suggesting the rate of daily infections is beginning to slow, and may be on a downward trend.

Fulton County has now recorded more than 2,000 cases of COVID-19 within the county, with 74 deaths reported. Dougherty County follows with the second-highest number of cases at 1,385, but has recorded 91 deaths. 

DeKalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties are the only other Georgia counties with more than 1,000 cases if the virus. 

Here is the county-by-county breakdown:

County - Cases - Deaths

Fulton    2037    74
Dougherty    1385    91
Dekalb    1366    23
Cobb    1085    51
Gwinnett    1037    36
Hall    605    6
Clayton    499    16
Henry    350    7
Sumter    306    14
Cherokee    274    8
Lee    269    15
Carroll    261    8
Richmond    246    10
Bartow    245    22
Douglas    222    6
Muscogee    210    4
Mitchell    209    23
Bibb    191    1
Forsyth    185    6
Chatham    174    5
Houston    164    10
Upson    164    8
Early    163    8
Coweta    153    3
Terrell    142    14
Randolph    140    12
Fayette    134    5
Paulding    132    5
Spalding    124    7
Floyd    121    8
Newton    121    3
Rockdale    117    6
Worth    116    4
Thomas    115    13
Crisp    113    2
Baldwin    112    2
Colquitt    108    5
Clarke    106    13
Columbia    91    1
Barrow    85    3
Lowndes    83    3
Tift    80    3
Troup    80    4
Ware    77    5
Coffee    74    3
Habersham    72    2
Dooly    69    4
Walton    58    3
Calhoun    57    2
Decatur    55    0
Gordon    55    5
Turner    51    2
Pierce    49    2
Oconee    48    0
Glynn    46    0
Jackson    46    1
Macon    46    0
Dawson    42    1
Whitfield    41    3
Butts    40    0
Greene    40    1
Meriwether    40    0
Laurens    39    1
Burke    38    2
Wilcox    38    0
Harris    36    2
Mcduffie    35    2
Johnson    33    1
Liberty    32    0
Oglethorpe    32    2
Peach    32    2
Bryan    31    2
Stephens    30    1
Pike    29    1
Polk    29    0
Camden    27    0
Grady    27    1
Bulloch    26    1
Marion    26    1
Effingham    25    1
Washington    24    1
Brooks    23    5
Lamar    22    0
Lumpkin    22    0
Haralson    20    1
Miller    20    0
Seminole    20    2
White    20    0
Wilkinson    20    1
Catoosa    19    0
Clay    19    2
Dodge    19    0
Morgan    19    0
Toombs    19    2
Appling    18    0
Murray    18    0
Bacon    17    1
Brantley    17    2
Putnam    17    1
Baker    16    2
Jones    16    0
Pickens    16    2
Pulaski    16    1
Talbot    16    1
Fannin    15    0
Irwin    15    0
Monroe    15    1
Schley    15    1
Stewart    15    0
Jasper    14    0
Madison    14    1
Telfair    14    0
Banks    13    0
Ben Hill    13    0
Crawford    13    0
Walker    13    0
Cook    12    1
Emanuel    12    0
Jenkins    12    1
Jefferson    11    1
Screven    11    1
Wilkes    11    0
Berrien    10    0
Franklin    10    0
Gilmer    10    0
Taylor    10    2
Towns    10    0
Union    10    1
Warren    10    0
Chattooga    9    1
Lincoln    9    0
Dade    8    1
Clinch    7    0
Elbert    7    0
Rabun    7    0
Wayne    7    0
Bleckley    6    0
Chattahoochee    6    0
Hancock    6    0
Lanier    6    1
Atkinson    5    0
Charlton    5    0
Hart    5    0
Heard    5    1
Jeff Davis    5    0
Tattnall    5    0
Webster    5    0
Candler    4    0
Echols    4    0
Mcintosh    4    0
Twiggs    4    0
Quitman    3    1
Wheeler    3    0
Evans    2    0
Long    2    0
Montgomery    2    0
Treutlen    1    0
Unknown    264    0
Non-Georgia Resident    774    7 

*Based on patient county of residence when known

Things to know Saturday morning 

  • Georgia World Congress Center alternative care facility completed
  • 100,000 medical face masks from Taiwan arrive for state's COVID-19 response
  • Bartow County Schools give end-of-year updates
  • 138 long-term care facilities across Georgia report cases of COVID-19
  • APS closes two food distribution sites after 2 volunteers test positive for COVID-19
  • Supreme Court of Ga., moves July bar exams to September due to pandemic
  • UGA outlines graduation ceremony plans
  • Flowers Foods temporarily shutters Tucker bakery facility

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