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Coronavirus in Georgia on May 18

We're breaking down and adding context around the coronavirus case numbers across the state of Georgia.

ATLANTA — We are breaking down the coronavirus trends and related information across the state of Georgia and providing updates as they come in. 

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: 

  • There have been 1,649 deaths in Georgia, with the state's earliest reported death on March 5. Over the last 14 days (5/5-5/18), the average daily increase in newly reported deaths was 25.36 Over the previous 14-day period (4/21-5/4), the average daily increase in newly reported deaths was 30.36.
  • There have been 38,283 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 603.14. Over the previous 14-day period, the average daily increase in newly confirmed cases was 662.21
  • There have been 6,992 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 95.57. Over the previous 14-day period, the average daily increase in new patients was 125.21
  • 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 17, there were 1,010 current hospitalizations.
  • Gov. Brian Kemp's statewide shelter-in-place order expired at midnight on April 30. However, his order for the elderly and medically-fragile remains in effect until June 12.
  • All public school buildings in Georgia are closed through the end of the school year
  • Public Health Emergency remains in effect.

Latest number of COVID-19 cases reported

The latest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for the state of Georgia have been released by the Department of Public Health.

The DPH website says there are now 38,283 confirmed cases and 1,649 deaths reported. These are the latest numbers as of 7 p.m. Monday. 

Of the total of confirmed cases,  3,751 are in Fulton, 2,856 are in DeKalb, 2,680 are in Gwinnett, 2,429 are in Cobb, 2,164 are in Hall. For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

They said 6,992 patients have been hospitalized with COVID-19.

Kemp: State sees improvement in testing for COVID-19

Gov. Brian Kemp said Georgia now ranks 21st in the country on the current percentage of total population tested for the virus. Kemp said this is up from ranking at 46 a month ago. Among states with more than 5 million residents, Georgia ranks 8th out of 23 states.

"Our focus on increased testing is yielding strong results as the Georgia National Guard, Georgia Department of Public Health, and various public and private-sector partners continue to work non-stop to improve access to COVID-19 testing for Georgians," Kemp said. "We are working tirelessly to move the needle on testing as we take measured steps to safely reopen the Peach State."

The state said Georgia has tested 3.3 percent of its total population for COVID-19 with 364,289 tests completed. 

Any Georgian can now be tested for COVID-19. As the state continues to ramp up testing, they said the number of positive cases may rise.  However, the state officials said the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests is now at 10.5 percent, which they said is down from 16 percent two weeks ago.

Nordstrom stores in Georgia to reopen

Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores in Georgia will reopen to customers this Thursday, they announced today. 

"We are excited to bring our employees back to work and look forward to welcoming customers in our doors so we can continue serving them in our stores," they said in a statement.

They said all employees will go through a health screening when they arrive to work. Customers and employees will also be provided with face masks.

Cases in Georgia top 38K

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. As of 1 p.m., there are 38,081 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,642 deaths reported. 

Of the 38,081 confirmed cases, 3761 are in Fulton, 2819 are in DeKalb, 2621 are in Gwinnett, 2418 are in Cobb and 2159 are in Hall. For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

They said 6,916 patients have been hospitalized with COVID-19.

COUNTY - CASES - DEATHS

Fulton    3761    170
DeKalb    2819    85
Gwinnett    2621    104
Cobb    2418    133
Unknown    2308    0
Hall    2159    42
Dougherty    1663    135
Non-Georgia Resident    1625    25
Clayton    1007    38
Cherokee    717    26
Henry    624    18
Richmond    493    17
Douglas    439    18
Habersham    434    16
Muscogee    434    16
Sumter    416    39
Carroll    407    22
Forsyth    402    11
Bibb    395    17
Mitchell    388    32
Bartow    384    35
Chatham    361    14
Lee    342    23
Houston    317    16
Baldwin    290    14
Thomas    285    30
Coweta    284    4
Newton    262    10
Barrow    260    8
Upson    260    31
Rockdale    249    7
Colquitt    248    11
Paulding    240    10
Spalding    239    15
Early    228    28
Columbia    210    6
Lowndes    208    5
Fayette    206    11
Troup    200    6
Clarke    199    13
Terrell    199    24
Worth    197    17
Butts    196    17
Coffee    196    12
Crisp    196    7
Floyd    186    13
Tift    185    13
Whitfield    182    6
Ware    172    12
Randolph    169    21
Dooly    160    12
Hancock    160    5
Walton    159    8
Jackson    130    3
Gordon    128    15
Decatur    125    3
Calhoun    122    6
Burke    113    3
Gilmer    110    0
Appling    109    11
Stephens    109    2
Monroe    95    7
Wilcox    95    12
Laurens    94    1
Macon    91    6
Grady    90    4
White    89    2
Turner    84    12
Dawson    83    1
Lumpkin    82    1
Oconee    80    3
Polk    79    0
Putnam    78    7
Glynn    76    1
Harris    74    3
Johnson    74    2
Walker    74    0
Pierce    73    4
Catoosa    71    0
Meriwether    70    1
Peach    69    2
Washington    66    1
Bryan    65    4
Brooks    63    9
Murray    60    1
Bacon    59    2
Greene    59    6
McDuffie    55    5
Oglethorpe    55    4
Camden    50    1
Elbert    47    0
Liberty    47    0
Ben Hill    46    1
Toombs    46    4
Bulloch    45    2
Wilkinson    45    3
Banks    44    0
Dodge    44    2
Pike    44    2
Marion    43    2
Effingham    42    1
Clinch    41    1
Lamar    41    1
Seminole    40    2
Brantley    38    2
Miller    37    0
Stewart    37    0
Union    37    1
Fannin    36    1
Pulaski    36    2
Pickens    35    3
Bleckley    34    0
Haralson    34    2
Morgan    34    0
Baker    33    2
Franklin    33    1
Cook    31    2
Clay    30    3
Jones    30    0
Talbot    30    1
Madison    29    1
Telfair    29    1
Wilkes    29    1
Charlton    26    1
Emanuel    26    1
Jasper    26    0
Jeff Davis    24    1
Jefferson    23    1
Berrien    22    0
Irwin    22    1
Taylor    22    2
Hart    21    0
Towns    21    1
Atkinson    20    2
Dade    20    1
Screven    20    1
Chattahoochee    19    0
Crawford    19    0
Heard    17    1
Echols    16    0
Jenkins    16    1
Schley    16    1
Warren    16    0
Chattooga    15    2
Rabun    15    2
Wayne    14    0
Lincoln    13    1
Lanier    12    3
Tattnall    12    0
Webster    11    1
Candler    10    0
McIntosh    10    0
Twiggs    9    0
Montgomery    8    0
Quitman    8    1
Treutlen    8    0
Wheeler    7    0
Long    6    0
Evans    4    0
Glascock    1    0
Taliaferro    1    0

Atlanta councilwoman sponsoring free testing

Atlanta city council member Andrea Boone is sponsoring a free COVID-19 testing event with The Family Health Centers of Georgia and MARTA on Tuesday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lot of the H.E. Holmes MARTA Station. 

Drive-through and walk-up testing will be available, they said, and residents are encouraged to make appointments. For more information, call 1-800-935-6721. Free surgical masks will be provided to those receiving tests while available.

Chamblee city council meeting attendee tests positive

Someone who attended the City of Chamblee regularly scheduled public hearing and meeting at the Chamblee Civic Center on Thursday, May 14 tested positive for COVID-19. 

They said the person was not  symptomatic at the meeting, but became ill Friday night and tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. The person was said to be wearing a mask. 

At the meeting, chairs were spaced ten feet apart and temperatures were taken of all attendees, per CDC recommendations, city officials said. 

The city notified attendees who provided phone or email contact information. All city employees who attended will self isolate for 14 days, and the civic center will be cleaned and remain closed for 10 days. 

Things to know Monday, May 18 

  • Atlanta nurse working in New York returns home
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden to reopen
  • Kroger’s Atlanta Division hires more than 7,800 new workers

  • Some churches beginning to resume in-person services

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