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Coronavirus in Georgia on April 15

More than 15,000 cases now span across 157 counties in the state.

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The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. As of Noon, there are 15,260 confirmed cases of the virus and 576 deaths reported. Scroll to read more.

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.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 

Emory Healthcare opens drive-through COVID-19 testing site

Emory Healthcare has opened a drive-through testing site for people suspected of having COVID-19.

The new testing site is set up in an Emory parking deck located at 6 Executive Park Drive NE, Atlanta, Ga.  The drive-through testing visits are by appointment only.

Emory said some of its physicians developed a COVID-19 screening tool that is available online to check symptoms before seeking the swab test offered at the drive-through site. 

For those who are symptomatic, individuals can call Emory’s COVID line at 404-712-6843 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for evaluation and to determine if you meet the criteria for testing. 

If indicated, the nursing team will schedule a drive-through testing appointment.

Rockdale County sheriff's food pantry is back, fresh produce distributed

Sheriff Eric Levett of Rockdale County is helping the community.

In a Facebook post, the sheriff's office said Levett’s food pantry is back. People could stop by the front of the administration building to get fresh produce on Wednesday.

They started handing it out at 4:30 p.m.  Check out the photos below.

Cases in Georgia now at 15,260 with 576 deaths

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. As of 7 p.m., there are 15,260 confirmed cases of the virus and 576 deaths reported. This is up from the 14,987 confirmed cases and 552 deaths that they announced earlier in the day.

Of the 15,260 confirmed cases, 1902 are in Fulton, 1320 are in Dougherty, 1225 are in DeKalb, 950 are in Cobb and 885 are in Gwinnett. In all, there are cases reported in 157 counties (136 cases are listed as unknown counties). They also listed 677 cases as "non-Georgia residents." For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

They said 3006 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. 54 percent are female, and 44 percent are male.

In total, 60,003 tests were conducted at commercial labs, reporting 14,460  positive cases. At the Department of Public Health Laboratory, 4,096 tests were conducted with 800 positive results.

COUNTY - CASES - DEATHS

Fulton    1902    63
Dougherty    1320    84
Dekalb    1225    16
Cobb    950    44
Gwinnett    885    32
Clayton    462    13
Hall    402    5
Henry    328    5
Sumter    276    13
Lee    264    15
Carroll    242    7
Bartow    237    20
Cherokee    232    8
Douglas    201    6
Muscogee    182    4
Mitchell    176    20
Richmond    169    8
Chatham    160    5
Forsyth    157    5
Early    145    6
Houston    142    9
Upson    139    5
Coweta    138    3
Terrell    137    11
Randolph    131    7
Fayette    122    5
Floyd    120    6
Paulding    118    5
Newton    113    3
Worth    111    4
Thomas    109    9
Bibb    108    1
Rockdale    107    6
Clarke    102    12
Spalding    96    5
Baldwin    93    2
Crisp    93    1
Colquitt    90    5
Columbia    79    0
Tift    76    2
Lowndes    75    3
Troup    72    4
Barrow    68    3
Ware    67    5
Coffee    65    3
Calhoun    59    2
Dooly    55    4
Walton    54    3
Decatur    51    0
Gordon    48    5
Pierce    48    2
Turner    46    1
Habersham    44    2
Oconee    44    0
Glynn    43    0
Dawson    37    2
Macon    37    0
Butts    36    0
Jackson    35    1
Laurens    35    1
Greene    34    1
Whitfield    32    3
Mcduffie    31    2
Oglethorpe    31    1
Bryan    30    2
Wilcox    30    0
Burke    28    2
Meriwether    28    0
Harris    27    1
Polk    27    0
Liberty    26    0
Peach    25    2
Pike    25    1
Camden    24    0
Effingham    24    1
Stephens    24    0
Grady    23    1
Bulloch    22    1
Washington    22    0
Brooks    21    2
Johnson    21    1
Lamar    21    0
Haralson    19    1
Miller    19    0
Seminole    19    1
Dodge    18    0
Baker    17    2
Catoosa    17    0
Clay    17    2
Marion    17    0
Morgan    17    0
Murray    17    0
Toombs    17    1
Jones    15    0
Appling    14    0
Bacon    14    0
Brantley    14    1
Fannin    14    0
Monroe    14    1
Pickens    14    2
White    14    0
Wilkinson    14    1
Madison    13    1
Schley    13    1
Talbot    13    1
Walker    13    0
Irwin    12    0
Jenkins    12    1
Putnam    12    0
Lumpkin    11    0
Pulaski    11    1
Telfair    11    0
Ben Hill    10    0
Crawford    10    0
Jasper    10    0
Banks    9    0
Chattooga    9    1
Cook    9    0
Emanuel    9    0
Jefferson    9    1
Lincoln    9    0
Screven    9    1
Stewart    9    0
Taylor    9    2
Wilkes    9    0
Berrien    8    0
Towns    8    0
Union    8    1
Warren    8    0
Clinch    7    0
Elbert    7    0
Franklin    7    0
Gilmer    7    0
Rabun    7    0
Dade    6    1
Hancock    6    0
Wayne    6    0
Charlton    5    0
Chattahoochee    5    0
Hart    5    0
Heard    5    1
Lanier    5    1
Tattnall    5    0
Candler    4    0
Bleckley    3    0
Echols    3    0
Mcintosh    3    0
Quitman    3    1
Twiggs    3    0
Webster    3    0
Wheeler    3    0
Atkinson    2    0
Evans    2    0
Jeff Davis    2    0
Long    2    0
Montgomery    2    0
Treutlen    1    0
Unknown    136    0
Non-Georgia Resident    677    7

Cobb Schools Foundation buys 600 digital devices for students in need

The Cobb Schools Foundation announced that they have raised $185,000 to buy 600 digital devices for students in need. They hope to raise $65,000 more.

“We are grateful to all those who have supported our campaign and understand that students who experience a lapse in learning may experience academic challenges in the near future. We want all students to continue to have success and have the tools and resources needed to achieve their goals," said Felicia Wagner, Executive Director of the Cobb Schools Foundation.

To support the campaign visit the Cobb Schools Family Stabilization Donation page.

Anyone with symptoms can get tested, state says

The Georgia Department of Public Health is increasing the number of testing sites for COVID-19, and is revising the current testing criteria to accommodate more testing of Georgia residents.

Effective immediately, they said "all symptomatic individuals" will be eligible for testing. Health care workers, first responders, law enforcement and long-term care facility residents and staff will still be prioritized for testing regardless of whether they are or are not symptomatic, they added.

Referrals are still required, however, there are now two ways to be referred to a DPH specimen collection site: from your local health department or from your health care provider. 

They said you should not show up unannounced or without an appointment and that you'll only be tested if you've been evaluated by public health or a health care provider. 

More information is available on the DPH website

Former President Jimmy Carter weighs in on Trump's WHO decision

Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement on Wednesday in reference to current President Donald Trump's decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization pending a review of its warnings about the coronavirus and China. 

President Trump made the announcement during his evening task force briefing yesterday and claimed the World Health Organization failed to carry out its 'basic duty' with the coronavirus pandemic and must be held accountable.

Trump says the outbreak could have been contained at its source and spared lives had the U.N. health agency done a better job investigating reports coming out of China.

President Carter said his is "distressed" by the decision to withhold "critically needed" U.S. funding for the organization during an international pandemic.

"WHO is the only international organization capable of leading the effort to control this virus," Carter said in the statement.

Confirmed cases in Georgia stand at 14,987 with 552 deaths

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. As of Noon, there are 14,987 confirmed cases of the virus and 552 deaths reported. This is up from the 14,578 confirmed cases and 524 deaths that they announced on Tuesday evening.

Of the 14,987 confirmed cases, 1844 are in Fulton, 1308 are in Dougherty, 1191 are in DeKalb, 924 are in Cobb and 852 are in Gwinnett. In all, there are cases reported in 157 counties (263 cases are listed as unknown counties). They also listed 683 cases as "non-Georgia residents." For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

They said 2922 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Of the confirmed cases, 1 percent are between the ages of 0-17, while 61 percent are 18-59 years old, 35 percent are over 60 and 3 percent are unknown. 54 percent are female, and 44 percent are male.

In total, 59,994 tests were conducted at commercial labs, reporting 14,192 positive cases. At the Department of Public Health Laboratory, 4,096 tests were conducted with 795 positive results.

COUNTY - CASES - DEATHS

Fulton    1844    62
Dougherty    1308    83
Dekalb    1191    15
Cobb    924    43
Gwinnett    852    29
Clayton    456    13
Hall    374    1
Henry    321    5
Sumter    273    12
Lee    264    15
Carroll    237    6
Bartow    235    17
Cherokee    225    8
Douglas    197    6
Muscogee    177    4
Mitchell    172    20
Richmond    168    8
Chatham    160    5
Forsyth    153    5
Houston    142    9
Early    141    6
Coweta    136    3
Terrell    135    11
Upson    135    5
Randolph    131    7
Fayette    120    5
Floyd    120    6
Paulding    117    5
Rockdale    107    6
Newton    104    3
Worth    104    4
Clarke    98    12
Bibb    95    1
Thomas    92    9
Baldwin    90    2
Spalding    90    4
Colquitt    89    5
Crisp    88    1
Columbia    78    0
Lowndes    75    3
Tift    74    1
Troup    68    4
Barrow    66    3
Ware    66    4
Coffee    65    3
Calhoun    58    2
Dooly    52    3
Walton    52    3
Decatur    47    0
Macon    47    0
Pierce    47    2
Gordon    46    3
Oconee    43    0
Glynn    41    0
Turner    41    1
Dawson    37    2
Butts    36    0
Laurens    35    1
Greene    34    1
Jackson    33    1
Whitfield    31    3
Bryan    30    2
Mcduffie    30    2
Habersham    29    1
Wilcox    29    0
Burke    28    2
Polk    27    0
Liberty    26    0
Meriwether    26    0
Effingham    25    1
Harris    25    1
Pike    25    1
Peach    24    2
Stephens    24    0
Camden    23    0
Bulloch    22    1
Washington    22    0
Brooks    21    1
Grady    21    1
Johnson    21    1
Lamar    21    0
Haralson    19    1
Oglethorpe    19    1
Catoosa    17    0
Dodge    17    0
Marion    17    0
Murray    17    0
Baker    16    2
Clay    16    2
Seminole    16    1
Toombs    16    1
Jones    15    0
Miller    15    0
Morgan    15    0
Appling    14    0
Bacon    14    0
Fannin    14    0
Pickens    14    2
White    14    0
Wilkinson    14    1
Brantley    13    1
Madison    13    1
Monroe    13    1
Schley    13    1
Walker    13    0
Irwin    12    0
Jenkins    12    1
Putnam    12    0
Talbot    12    1
Lumpkin    11    0
Pulaski    11    1
Telfair    11    0
Ben Hill    10    0
Crawford    10    0
Jasper    10    0
Emanuel    9    0
Lincoln    9    0
Screven    9    1
Stewart    9    0
Taylor    9    2
Banks    8    0
Berrien    8    0
Chattooga    8    1
Cook    8    0
Towns    8    0
Union    8    1
Warren    8    0
Wilkes    8    0
Clinch    7    0
Elbert    7    0
Franklin    7    0
Gilmer    7    0
Jefferson    7    1
Rabun    7    0
Wayne    6    0
Chattahoochee    5    0
Hancock    5    0
Hart    5    0
Heard    5    1
Lanier    5    1
Tattnall    5    0
Candler    4    0
Charlton    4    0
Bleckley    3    0
Dade    3    1
Echols    3    0
Mcintosh    3    0
Quitman    3    1
Twiggs    3    0
Webster    3    0
Wheeler    3    0
Atkinson    2    0
Evans    2    0
Jeff Davis    2    0
Long    2    0
Montgomery    2    0
Treutlen    1    0
Unknown    263    0
Non-Georgia Resident    683    7

Publix, Sam's Club offer special hours for healthcare workers and first responders

Publix and Sam's Club announced today special hours dedicated to the heroes working on the front lines of COVID-19. 

Sam's Club is offering healthcare workers and first responders the opportunity to shop every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Publix says those front line workers are welcome to shop Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Friday from 7 a.m to 8 a.m.

Goodwill to stop accepting donations

After Saturday, April 18, Goodwill of North Georgia will be temporarily stop accepting donations at any of its locations. People making donations this week are asked to make them during the adjusted business hours, through this Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. 

They said this is due to the overwhelming amount of donations -- and not being able to turn around and sell them. 

77 percent of resident at senior living community test positive, health officials say

Health officials said Arbor Terrace at Cascade has a total of 62 residents and 48 of them have tested positive for COVID-19. One resident is in the hospital.

They also report that 15 residents have died. 

Although health officials' numbers reflect 48 resident cases, a spokesperson for Arbor Terrace at Cascade told 11Alive that as of Tuesday, they had 52 resident cases.

FULL STORY: Health officials: At least 77 percent of residents at senior living community test positive for COVID-19

Food bank to open this Friday Atlanta Motor Speedway

Hampton residents and families will be able to receive 30 to 40 pounds of free food at a mobile market being set up at Atlanta Motor Speedway the next two Fridays.

The speedway, which is in Hampton, close to 30 miles south of Atlanta, said in a release that the market will open at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 17, and again the next week on April 24. It is being organized by AMS, Hampton Elementary and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

FULL STORY: Food bank to serve Hampton families at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Things to know this morning 

  • More than 50 resident cases of COVID-19 at senior living community
  • 911 call centers to get list of positive COVID-19 cases
  • Hartsfield-Jackson lands largest CARES Act funding among U.S. airports
  • TSA officer who worked at Atlanta's airport dies of COVID-19
  • DeKalb Schools closing early, announces new graduation dates
  • Georgia announces increased staffing in healthcare facilities for COVID-19
  • Expanded access for Cobb drive-thru testing

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