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Coronavirus in Georgia on April 20

The number of confirmed cases in Georgia jumped on Monday, as it now approaches 20,000, according to the Department of Public Health.

ATLANTA — Here is the latest coronavirus blog for April 21.

Below is an archive 

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The Georgia Department of Public Health says there are nearly 19,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 775 deaths across the state as of Monday evening. 3,703 persons have been hospitalized for the virus, they said. Scroll down for 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.

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Monday, April 20 

Nearly 19,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, with 775 deaths reported

The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Georgia is approaching 20,000, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health on Monday evening. There are 775 deaths across the state. 

Fulton County is the location with the highest number of confirmed cases with 2,198. This is followed by DeKalb County at 1,521. Other locations with more than 1,000 cases include Dougherty County at 1,436; Cobb County at 1,196; and Gwinnett County with 1,181.

The most fatalities have occurred in Dougherty County, where 98 deaths have been reported. 80 deaths have been reported in Fulton County. Cobb County has reported 56 deaths, Gwinnett County has reported 42 deaths, and DeKalb County has reported 27 deaths.

More than 19 percent of those confirmed with the virus, or 3,703 persons, have been hospitalized, according to DPH. 

To see a detailed listing of COVID-19 cases across Georgia, please visit our interactive map.

A county-by-county breakdown of cases follows: 

County - Cases - Deaths 

Fulton    2198    80
Dekalb    1521    27
Dougherty    1436    98
Cobb    1196    56
Gwinnett    1181    42
Hall    702    9
Clayton    540    20
Henry    382    11
Sumter    332    18
Cherokee    317    9
Carroll    305    11
Richmond    283    11
Lee    276    16
Bartow    255    24
Douglas    243    6
Muscogee    229    4
Forsyth    211    7
Mitchell    210    23
Bibb    203    1
Chatham    184    6
Houston    182    11
Upson    175    10
Early    173    10
Coweta    169    4
Terrell    150    18
Colquitt    145    5
Randolph    145    15
Fayette    143    8
Paulding    141    7
Rockdale    140    6
Newton    139    3
Spalding    135    7
Baldwin    130    4
Worth    128    8
Floyd    126    9
Thomas    126    13
Crisp    125    2
Columbia    116    2
Clarke    114    13
Lowndes    101    3
Troup    100    4
Habersham    99    3
Barrow    93    3
Tift    92    3
Ware    88    6
Coffee    83    4
Butts    80    2
Dooly    71    5
Gordon    64    6
Walton    63    3
Calhoun    61    2
Decatur    60    1
Turner    59    4
Jackson    55    1
Macon    53    1
Oconee    51    0
Pierce    51    2
Glynn    49    0
Burke    48    3
Meriwether    46    0
Dawson    45    1
Greene    45    1
Harris    45    2
Whitfield    45    4
Wilcox    44    4
Laurens    43    1
Stephens    40    1
Mcduffie    37    3
Polk    36    0
Peach    35    2
Bryan    34    2
Grady    34    1
Johnson    34    1
Liberty    34    0
Oglethorpe    34    2
Pike    33    2
Bulloch    30    2
White    30    0
Marion    29    1
Camden    27    0
Effingham    27    1
Lamar    27    0
Putnam    25    2
Seminole    25    2
Washington    25    1
Lumpkin    24    0
Brooks    23    6
Catoosa    23    0
Miller    23    0
Haralson    22    1
Morgan    22    0
Wilkinson    22    2
Appling    21    0
Baker    20    2
Brantley    20    2
Clay    20    2
Jones    20    0
Toombs    20    3
Bacon    19    1
Dodge    19    0
Fannin    19    1
Talbot    19    1
Walker    19    0
Murray    18    0
Pickens    18    2
Wilkes    18    0
Jasper    17    0
Pulaski    17    1
Stewart    17    0
Schley    16    1
Union    16    1
Banks    15    0
Ben Hill    15    0
Gilmer    15    0
Irwin    15    0
Madison    15    1
Monroe    15    1
Telfair    15    0
Towns    15    0
Crawford    14    0
Emanuel    14    0
Cook    13    1
Jenkins    13    1
Taylor    13    2
Franklin    12    0
Jefferson    11    1
Screven    11    1
Berrien    10    0
Dade    10    1
Hancock    10    0
Warren    10    0
Chattooga    9    1
Lincoln    9    0
Rabun    8    0
Wayne    8    0
Candler    7    0
Chattahoochee    7    0
Clinch    7    0
Elbert    7    0
Heard    7    1
Jeff Davis    7    1
Lanier    7    1
Charlton    6    0
Hart    6    0
Webster    6    0
Atkinson    5    0
Bleckley    5    0
Tattnall    5    0
Echols    4    0
Mcintosh    4    0
Twiggs    4    0
Evans    3    0
Quitman    3    1
Wheeler    3    0
Long    2    0
Montgomery    2    0
Treutlen    2    0
Unknown    296    2
Non-Georgia Resident    951    7

*Based on patient county of residence when known

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms creates advisory council for Atlanta's reopening

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an administrative order shortly after Gov. Brian Kemp's Monday afternoon news conference announcing a tiered reopening for portions of the state of Georgia. 

“Reopening the city must be executed in a cautious manner that is best suited for Atlanta,” said Bottoms. “The Advisory Council will provide the necessary input and buy-in from Atlanta stakeholders to outline a safe and thoughtful framework to get our economy back on track without endangering public health.” 

Bottoms said the advisory council will be made up of representatives from city organizations and businesses that will create a framework of the city's business, tourism, entertainment, worship and athletic event communities. 

The council will be co-chaired by City of Atlanta COO Joshua Williams, Bondurant, Mixson and Elmore partner Robbie Ashe, and former national chairwoman of the National Council of Negro Women Ingrid Saunders Jones.

Gov. Kemp to reopen gyms, fitness centers, nail salons, barbers on 4/24 with restrictions

Gov. Brian Kemp has started the move to reopen businesses in Georgia by announcing that gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, nail salons, hair salons and barbershops in Georgia may be reopened beginning Friday, April 24 with strict social distancing restrictions in place.

RELATED: Gov. Kemp, other officials give update on COVID-19 response in Georgia

In addition, restaurants will be allowed to serve dine-in patrons with similar restrictions beginning Monday, April 27.

During his announcement on Monday afternoon, Kemp said the state's shelter in place order remains in effect for most residents through April 30. The restriction for the medically fragile and elderly citizens does remain in effect through May 15.

RELATED: Kemp announces plans to incrementally reopen Georgia | Here's what that includes

18,947 confirmed coronavirus reported in Georgia, with 733 deaths

After a slight reduction in the number of total cases on Sunday evening, the number of cases of novel coronavirus has increased, according to the Department of Public Health, to 18,947, with 733 deaths recorded across Georgia.

The largest number of confirmed cases reported is in Fulton County, with 2,174; followed by DeKalb County with 1,508. The southwest Georgia hot-spot of Dougherty County has 1,436 cases reported. Other counties reporting more than 1,000 cases include Cobb County with 1,174 and Gwinnett County with 1,164. 

The highest number of fatalities in the state has been reported from Dougherty County with 97, followed by Fulton County with 78 deaths. There have been 54 people who have passed away in Cobb County, followed by Gwinnett County with 42 deaths. 

Across the state, 3,550 people have been hospitalized, or 18.74 percent of those who have been reported with confirmed cases. 

To date, commercial labs have taken 78,966 tests statewide, with 17,947 of those tests coming back positive. GPHL has taken a total of 5,362 tests, with 1,000 of those reporting positive results. 

To see a detailed listing of COVID-19 cases across Georgia, please visit our interactive map.

A county-by-county breakdown of cases follows: 

County - Cases - Deaths 

Fulton    2174    78
Dekalb    1508    25
Dougherty    1436    97
Cobb    1174    54
Gwinnett    1164    42
Hall    649    9
Clayton    535    18
Henry    380    8
Sumter    332    16
Cherokee    312    8
Carroll    282    9
Lee    273    16
Richmond    273    10
Bartow    250    22
Douglas    239    6
Muscogee    228    4
Mitchell    206    23
Forsyth    205    7
Bibb    204    1
Chatham    185    6
Houston    178    10
Upson    174    10
Early    173    8
Coweta    168    3
Terrell    150    16
Randolph    145    14
Fayette    140    5
Rockdale    139    6
Newton    138    3
Paulding    138    7
Colquitt    129    5
Spalding    129    7
Thomas    126    13
Crisp    123    2
Floyd    123    8
Worth    123    7
Baldwin    115    4
Clarke    110    13
Columbia    106    2
Lowndes    97    3
Tift    92    3
Troup    92    4
Barrow    90    3
Ware    87    6
Coffee    81    4
Habersham    79    2
Dooly    70    5
Gordon    67    6
Walton    62    3
Decatur    61    1
Calhoun    60    2
Turner    58    4
Butts    56    0
Jackson    53    1
Macon    52    1
Pierce    51    2
Oconee    50    0
Glynn    49    0
Burke    46    3
Dawson    45    1
Greene    44    1
Whitfield    44    4
Wilcox    44    4
Harris    43    2
Laurens    43    1
Meriwether    43    0
Mcduffie    37    3
Stephens    36    1
Bryan    35    2
Johnson    33    1
Liberty    33    0
Oglethorpe    33    2
Peach    33    2
Pike    33    1
Grady    31    1
Polk    30    0
Marion    29    1
Bulloch    28    2
Camden    27    0
Lamar    27    0
Effingham    26    1
Washington    25    1
Brooks    23    5
Lumpkin    23    0
Miller    22    0
Morgan    22    0
Putnam    22    2
Seminole    22    2
Wilkinson    22    2
Catoosa    21    0
Haralson    21    1
White    21    0
Appling    20    0
Brantley    20    2
Clay    20    2
Toombs    20    2
Dodge    19    0
Jones    19    0
Bacon    18    1
Jasper    18    0
Murray    18    0
Pickens    18    2
Pulaski    18    1
Talbot    18    1
Wilkes    18    0
Baker    17    2
Stewart    17    0
Fannin    16    0
Schley    16    1
Ben Hill    15    0
Irwin    15    0
Madison    15    1
Monroe    15    1
Telfair    15    0
Union    15    1
Walker    15    0
Banks    14    0
Crawford    14    0
Gilmer    14    0
Emanuel    13    0
Towns    13    0
Cook    12    1
Jenkins    12    1
Taylor    12    2
Franklin    11    0
Jefferson    11    1
Screven    11    1
Berrien    10    0
Warren    10    0
Chattooga    9    1
Hancock    9    0
Lincoln    9    0
Dade    8    1
Wayne    8    0
Candler    7    0
Chattahoochee    7    0
Clinch    7    0
Elbert    7    0
Heard    7    1
Jeff Davis    7    0
Lanier    7    1
Rabun    7    0
Bleckley    6    0
Charlton    6    0
Hart    6    0
Atkinson    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    2    0
Unknown    266    0
Non-Georgia Resident    941    7

*Based on patient county of residence when known 

Atlanta City Council meets to hash out pandemic spending

The Atlanta City Council is expected to agree on Monday to spend $7 million to address issues raised by the coronavirus pandemic

The public is invited to attend the 1 p.m. council meeting by calling 1-877-579-6743, then entering the conference ID number 8315991256. 

One of the main issues on the docket during Monday's meeting is homelessness during the pandemic. 

Officials have said a local hotel has offered to temporarily house homeless persons, though, as of this point, they have declined to name the hotel making the offer. 

Additional spending measures are on the docket for the public virtual meeting. 

RELATED: Atlanta City Council meets to hash out pandemic spending

Things to know this morning

  • The Georgia Department of Public Health has made an unusual update to previous numbers on Sunday, lowering both the total cases and number of deaths since the noon info release.
  • Kroger mandates mask for all store associates
  • MARTA has announced that due to the coronavirus, effective Monday, April 20, it is suspending all but 41 bus routes.

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