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Coronavirus in Georgia on May 7

There have been 30 new deaths and nearly 700 confirmed cases reported in 24-hour period.

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The Georgia Department of Health announced additional cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. As of 7 p.m., there are 31,537 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,384 deaths reported. Scroll to read more.

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RELATED: Georgia still seeing growth in COVID-19 cases, CDC status report shows

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: 

  • There have been 1,384 deaths in Georgia, with the state's earliest reported death on March 5. Over the last 14 days (4/24-5/7), the average daily increase in newly reported deaths was 31.6. Over the previous 14-day period (4/10-4/23), the average daily increase in newly reported deaths was 32.6. 
  • There have been 31,537 cases confirmed in Georgia, with the state's earliest reported case on Feb. 1. Over the last 14 days, the average daily increase in newly confirmed cases was 650.9. Over the previous 14-day period, the average daily increase in newly confirmed cases was 716.4. 
  • There have been 5,864 total patients hospitalized in Georgia during the pandemic, according to the Department of Public Health's cumulative total. Over the last 14 days, the average daily increase in new patients was 113.1. Over the previous 14-day period, the average daily increase in new patients was 122.7. 
  • The Georgia Emergency Management Agency began reporting current statewide hospitalizations on May 1. That day they reported 1,500 current hospitalizations. By the most recent report on May 6, there were 1,339 current hospitalizations. That's an average of 26.83 fewer current patients per day.
  • Gov. Brian Kemp's statewide shelter-in-place order expired at midnight April 30. However, his order for the elderly and medically-fragile remains in effect until June 12.
  • All public schools in Georgia closed through the end of the school year
  • Public Health Emergency remains in effect until June 12

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Another 49 deaths, 277 cases reported since noon

Roughly 50 more people have died from the coronavirus since noon, according to the latest data from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

As of the 7 p.m. report, there are 1,384 deaths being reported, an increase of 49 since the noon report. There are also now 31,537 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 277 cases since noon.

Fulton County is reporting more than 3,200 cases and 136 deaths. DeKalb, Gwinnett and Cobb counties are each reporting more than 2,000 cases. Hall and Dougherty counties are each reporting more than 1,000 cases. 

Below is a county-by-county breakdown of the numbers.

COUNTY - CASES - DEATHS

Fulton    3257    136

DeKalb    2396    61

Gwinnett    2252    82

Cobb    2023    107

Hall    1958    27

Dougherty    1566    126

Clayton    878    34

Cherokee    567    16

Henry    558    14

Richmond    435    15

Carroll    389    15

Sumter    387    29

Habersham    382    12

Bibb    379    14

Douglas    366    11

Forsyth    361    10

Bartow    359    32

Muscogee    354    12

Mitchell    340    31

Lee    339    22

Houston    281    14

Chatham    280    12

Baldwin    270    10

Coweta    257    4

Upson    246    24

Newton    236    8

Thomas    227    22

Rockdale    226    7

Early    224    26

Spalding    224    11

Paulding    218    10

Colquitt    201    10

Terrell    194    21

Barrow    191    5

Fayette    190    12

Crisp    181    6

Worth    179    13

Clarke    176    13

Lowndes    172    4

Troup    171    5

Columbia    170    5

Butts    167    17

Randolph    167    20

Coffee    164    8

Floyd    155    12

Walton    148    5

Ware    147    12

Whitfield    140    6

Tift    139    6

Dooly    133    12

Gordon    119    14

Jackson    119    3

Hancock    117    2

Calhoun    110    5

Decatur    105    2

Wilcox    92    12

Stephens    91    1

Burke    90    3

Appling    88    10

Gilmer    88    0

White    87    2

Macon    81    3

Grady    80    4

Lumpkin    76    1

Dawson    73    1

Turner    73    11

Laurens    72    1

Glynn    69    1

Oconee    66    0

Brooks    64    7

Johnson    64    2

Polk    64    0

Harris    61    2

Meriwether    61    1

Peach    61    2

Walker    61    0

Pierce    59    3

Bryan    57    4

Greene    56    5

Oglethorpe    53    3

Catoosa    52    0

Putnam    52    5

Washington    51    1

McDuffie    50    4

Bulloch    41    2

Liberty    41    0

Pike    41    2

Murray    40    1

Wilkinson    40    2

Toombs    39    3

Ben Hill    38    0

Lamar    38    1

Effingham    37    1

Marion    37    1

Banks    35    0

Camden    35    1

Elbert    34    0

Fannin    34    1

Monroe    34    4

Pulaski    34    1

Seminole    33    2

Union    33    1

Bacon    32    1

Haralson    32    2

Cook    31    1

Dodge    31    1

Pickens    31    2

Jones    30    0

Miller    30    0

Morgan    30    0

Baker    29    2

Madison    28    1

Telfair    28    0

Clay    27    3

Stewart    27    0

Jasper    26    0

Talbot    26    1

Wilkes    26    0

Franklin    24    1

Brantley    23    2

Emanuel    23    0

Bleckley    22    0

Jeff Davis    22    1

Irwin    21    1

Towns    20    1

Atkinson    19    1

Berrien    19    0

Crawford    19    0

Taylor    18    2

Jefferson    17    1

Jenkins    17    1

Screven    17    1

Chattooga    16    2

Clinch    16    0

Dade    16    1

Hart    15    0

Schley    15    1

Charlton    14    0

Heard    14    1

Rabun    13    1

Warren    13    0

Wayne    13    0

Chattahoochee    12    0

Lincoln    12    0

Lanier    10    1

Webster    10    2

Tattnall    9    0

Twiggs    8    0

Candler    7    0

Quitman    6    1

Echols    5    0

Evans    5    0

Long    5    0

McIntosh    5    0

Treutlen    5    0

Wheeler    5    0

Montgomery    2    0

Glascock    1    1

Taliaferro    1    0

Arthur Blank Foundation donates tablets to Emory Healthcare

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has donated 120 new Microsoft Surface tablets to Emory Healthcare to help with video calls for patients hospitalized during the COVID-19 pandemic and assist clinicians providing care. The cost is roughly $140,000. 

“In this unprecedented time with social distancing and visitor restrictions, we have situations where families can’t communicate with very ill patients or patients near the end of life, and these tablets will have a huge impact for providers, patients and their families,” says Scott D. Boden, MD, vice president for business innovation for Emory Healthcare.

1,200 cars go to South Fulton food giveaway 

At least 1,200 cars were given free groceries, Thursday, in South Fulton as so many people find themselves out of work because of the coronavirus.

Mayor Bill Edwards, Councilwoman Helen Willis and other members of council were joined by local churches to place groceries in the back of cars driving through.

Local leader said their focus this week was on two groups: young people, since school lunch programs aren't able to provide lunches, and older residents.

Click here to view full story. 

Kemp says all Georgians should get tested

As part of the Georgia's goal to increase testing for the novel coronavirus, Gov. Brian Kemp said he and the Department of Public Health are encouraging people across the state to get tested for COVID-19, even if they are not experiencing symptoms of the virus.

Kemp said the effort to test all people is in accordance with new CDC guidance. He encouraged Georgians to schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider or local health department. 

Click here to view full story.

Lawrenceville creates response center

Lawrenceville's response to the coronavirus is now up and running, offering short-term emergency assistance to residents.

City council members, alongside Lawrenceville Mayor David Still, approved an agreement with Impact46, Inc. to create the Lawrenceville Response Center (LRC) at the April 27th meeting.

According to city officials, the LRC will initially operate as an emergency intake center and will be developed into a long-term sustainability model for services to vulnerable residents.

Click here to read the full story.

Communities of color hardest hit

Some community leaders are calling on Governor Kemp to target non-white neighborhoods in the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic.  State data suggests that COVID19 is hitting black and other communities of color much harder than white communities.

In DeKalb County, hotspots start in African American communities in south Dekalb then stretch north into immigrant communities near Clarkston and beyond.  

Then the footprint extends into Gwinnett County with a patch of hotspots largely in communities of color—from Stone Mountain toward Lilburn and  Lawrenceville—mostly south of the I-85 corridor.

Click here to read full story. 

Oglethorpe University to delay fall semester

Oglethorpe University announced they'd resume face-to-face instruction in the fall. However, the opening date is going to be two weeks later.

September 8 will be the first day of class with first year-students scheduled to arrive Friday, September 4, they said in a letter to students.

"While it is our expectation that campus will be open for residential students and for face-to-face classes, the campus experience is likely to be a bit different. Many strategies will focus on limiting the number of people in any space at any given time. Fortunately, as a small university, we are uniquely equipped to be adaptable and creative in how we serve our community while ensuring the health and safety of all."

New numbers show 30 deaths, nearly 700 new cases in 24 hours

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. As of Noon, there are 31,260 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,335 deaths reported. This is up from the 30,562 confirmed cases and 1,305 deaths that they announced the same time yesterday.

Of the 31,260 confirmed cases, 3250 are in Fulton, 2390 are in DeKalb, 2233 are in Gwinnett, 2006 are in Cobb and 1924 are in Hall. For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

They said 5,804 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19.

COUNTY - CASES - DEATHS

Fulton    3259    135
DeKalb    2385    61
Gwinnett    2226    82
Cobb    2000    107
Hall    1919    27
Dougherty    1556    126
Non-Georgia Resident    1072    19
Clayton    872    33
Unknown    827    0
Henry    547    14
Cherokee    545    16
Richmond    430    15
Carroll    389    15
Sumter    385    29
Habersham    377    12
Bibb    367    14
Douglas    364    11
Bartow    359    32
Forsyth    358    10
Muscogee    350    12
Lee    338    22
Mitchell    336    31
Chatham    282    12
Houston    275    14
Baldwin    263    10
Coweta    246    4
Upson    245    23
Newton    232    8
Early    223    25
Rockdale    223    7
Spalding    222    11
Thomas    219    22
Paulding    212    10
Barrow    199    5
Colquitt    198    10
Terrell    193    21
Fayette    188    11
Crisp    178    6
Worth    178    12
Clarke    174    13
Lowndes    172    4
Columbia    170    5
Randolph    167    20
Troup    167    5
Butts    164    17
Coffee    160    8
Floyd    152    12
Ware    146    13
Walton    143    5
Tift    139    6
Whitfield    135    6
Dooly    134    13
Gordon    119    14
Jackson    117    3
Hancock    112    2
Calhoun    109    4
Decatur    106    2
Stephens    91    1
Wilcox    90    12
Burke    89    3
Gilmer    83    0
White    83    1
Macon    81    3
Appling    78    10
Grady    75    4
Lumpkin    74    1
Dawson    72    1
Turner    72    10
Laurens    70    1
Glynn    68    1
Oconee    67    0
Brooks    64    7
Johnson    64    2
Polk    63    0
Peach    61    2
Walker    61    0
Harris    60    2
Meriwether    58    1
Pierce    58    3
Bryan    57    4
Greene    55    5
Catoosa    52    0
Oglethorpe    51    3
McDuffie    50    4
Putnam    50    5
Washington    46    1
Bulloch    42    2
Pike    40    2
Wilkinson    40    2
Liberty    39    0
Effingham    38    1
Lamar    38    1
Marion    37    1
Toombs    37    3
Ben Hill    36    0
Murray    35    1
Camden    34    1
Elbert    33    0
Fannin    33    1
Monroe    33    4
Pulaski    33    1
Banks    32    0
Dodge    32    1
Seminole    32    2
Union    32    1
Cook    31    1
Haralson    31    2
Jones    31    0
Miller    30    0
Morgan    30    0
Pickens    30    2
Bacon    29    1
Baker    28    2
Telfair    28    0
Clay    27    3
Madison    27    1
Stewart    27    0
Jasper    26    0
Wilkes    26    0
Franklin    25    1
Talbot    24    1
Brantley    22    2
Emanuel    22    0
Jeff Davis    22    1
Bleckley    21    0
Irwin    20    1
Towns    20    1
Berrien    19    0
Crawford    19    0
Atkinson    18    1
Taylor    18    2
Dade    17    1
Jefferson    17    1
Jenkins    17    1
Clinch    16    0
Screven    16    1
Chattooga    15    2
Hart    15    0
Schley    15    1
Heard    14    1
Charlton    13    0
Rabun    13    1
Warren    13    0
Wayne    13    0
Chattahoochee    12    0
Lincoln    12    0
Lanier    10    1
Webster    10    2
Tattnall    9    0
Twiggs    8    0
Candler    7    0
Quitman    6    1
Echols    5    0
Evans    5    0
Long    5    0
McIntosh    5    0
Wheeler    5    0
Treutlen    4    0
Montgomery    2    0
Taliaferro    1    0

Governor to give afternoon update

Gov. Brian Kemp has a press conference planned for this afternoon to provide an update on the state's COVID-19 efforts.

The press conference is set for 3:30 p.m. at the State Capitol in Atlanta. Among the other officials expected are state Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security Director Homer Bryson, Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Tom Carden and Augusta University President Dr. Brooks Keel.

11Alive will stream it on its website and on the 11Alive YouTube channel

Things to know on Thursday morning

  • The CDC report showed most of north Georgia with an elevated rate of growth for the virus, and similar projections for large pieces of the southern part of the state. "Elevated" status, according to the CDC, is defined as more than 10 new cases per 100,000 in the past two weeks.
  • A Georgia nurse working in New York City described her experience to 11Alive. "They have a tent outside the hospital where they take all the dead bodies before they get picked up by these trucks, because they don’t have enough room in the morgue. It’s not normal for people to be dropping like flies like that,” Samantha Sansone said. 
  • Georgia college students and legislators are pushing for a "pass-fail" grading option due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Atlanta sports stars gave four area medical professionals a surprise "thank-you" message

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