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Coronavirus in Georgia on April 17

This is what happened in Georgia on Friday.

ATLANTA — Here is the latest coronavirus blog for Saturday, April 18

Below is a blog from Friday, April 17.

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The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the state of Georgia has now reached to more than 17,400, with 668 deaths reported, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. 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.

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Friday, April 17

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 recording 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

Georgia World Congress Center alternative care facility completed

An alternate care facility at the Georgia World Congress Center designated for overflow COVID-19 patients is complete, according to the governor's office. 

The 200-bed facility will be anchored in partnership with Grady Health System and provide treatment to non-critical COVID-19 patients.

"I greatly appreciate the work of the Georgia National Guard, Grady Health System, and our private sector partners to get this facility completed," Gov. Brian Kemp said. "Our team has been laser-focused on expanding hospital bed capacity so that no Georgian infected with COVID-19 goes without the care they need, and the alternate care facility at the Georgia World Congress Center is a solid insurance policy as we prepare for any scenario."

100,000 medical face masks from Taiwan arrive for state’s COVID-19 response 

State Representative Matt Dollar (R-Marietta) and State Senator Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) said the state has recently received a donation of 100,000 medical face masks from Taiwan for the state’s response to the coronavirus.

“These medical face masks will allow Georgians who are working on the front lines to combat COVID-19 to continue to serve our state," Rep. Dollar said in a statement. This donation from the Taiwanese people is an important reminder that no matter where we are, we are all in this fight together.”

Rep. Dollar and Sen. Beach said they worked with officials from the Taiwanese government, who agreed to donate the medical face masks to the state. The medical face masks will be will be delivered to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency next week. 

Bartow County Schools give end of the year updates

The district announced that the last day of school will be May 20. The district added that the last day for teachers to assign new content is May 7 for seniors and May 14 for students Kindergarten through 11th. The final day for all students to submit course work is May 20. Electronic report cards will be available by 5 p.m. on May 22.

138 long-term care facilities across Georgia report cases of COVID-19

Gov. Brian Kemp said earlier this week that the most vulnerable population in the state of Georgia when it comes to battling COVID-19 is the state's aged.

In a report issued this week by Kemp's office, 138 long-term care facilities have reported at least one case of COVID-19 among either residents or staff.

The largest number of cases at one facility has been reported at PruittHealth-Palmyra in Albany, where 70 cases of the novel coronavirus has been reported. According to the state report, "more than 10" deaths have been reported at the same facility.

"More than 10" deaths were also reported at the Dawson Health and Rehab Center in the city of Dawson in Terrell County, less than 25 miles from Albany. The report says 49 cases of COVID-19 have been reported at that facility.

The following facilities have 10 or more cases in reported in metro Atlanta:

  • Cumming Health & Rehab - Cumming - 47
  • Rome Health and Rehab - Rome - 35
  • Arbor Terrace at Cascade - Atlanta - 29
  • Powder Springs Transitional Care and Rehab - Powder Springs - 25 (2 deaths)
  • Sandy Springs Health and Rehab - Sandy Springs - 24 (1 death)
  • Maple Ridge Health Care - Cartersville - 21 (4 deaths)
  • Townsend Park - Cartersville - 19 (4 deaths)
  • Autumn Breeze Healthcare - Marietta - 17 
  • Pruitt Grandview - Athens - 16 (9 deaths)
  • Sadie G. Mays Health & Rehab Center - Atlanta - 15
  • Retreat at Canton - Canton - 14 (1 death)
  • Greenwood Place Senior Living Community - Marietta - 11 (2 deaths)
  • The Oaks-Limestone - Gainesville - 11 
  • Westminster Commons - Atlanta - 11
  • Benton House - Woodstock - 10 (1 death)

Kemp said this week that the Georgia National Guard has been deployed to sanitize all long-term care facilities statewide and to train staff on keeping them free of the virus.

APS closes two food distribution sites after 2 volunteers test positive for COVID-19

Atlanta Public School officials have closed two food distribution sites following a positive diagnosis for two employees for COVID-19.

The two employees were volunteering to distribute food at Thomasville Heights Elementary School and Booker T. Washington High School. 

The individuals who may have come into contact with those volunteers have been notified and food distribution will continue at the remaining sites, according to APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen.

More than 17,000 confirmed cases reported with 650 deaths in Georgia

There are more than 17,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the state of Georgia with 650 deaths reported across the state, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health as of Friday, April 17 at noon.

More than 2,000 cases have been reported in Fulton County, with 73 deaths. Dougherty County remains a hot spot for the virus, with 1,381 cases reported and 91 deaths. DeKalb County has reported 1,349 cases of COVID-19 with 23 deaths. 

In Cobb County, 1,072 cases have been reported, Gwinnett reports 1,017 cases, Hall has 563 cases, Clayton has 491 cases and Henry reports 344 cases.

Commercial labs have processed 67,068 tests which have yielded 16,264 positive results; the GPHL has processed 4,616 tests, yielding 930 positive results.

Here's a full list of confirmed cases and deaths as reported across the state: 

County - Cases - Deaths

Fulton    2025    73
Dougherty    1381    91
Dekalb    1349    23
Cobb    1072    51
Gwinnett    1017    36
Hall    563    6
Clayton    491    14
Henry    344    5
Sumter    302    14
Lee    269    15
Cherokee    266    8
Carroll    260    7
Bartow    242    22
Richmond    238    10
Douglas    220    6
Muscogee    207    4
Mitchell    203    22
Bibb    188    1
Forsyth    184    6
Chatham    173    5
Houston    164    10
Early    163    8
Upson    162    8
Coweta    149    3
Randolph    139    12
Terrell    139    13
Fayette    133    5
Paulding    132    5
Floyd    121    6
Newton    121    3
Spalding    119    5
Rockdale    116    6
Worth    116    4
Colquitt    115    5
Thomas    112    14
Crisp    110    1
Baldwin    109    2
Clarke    106    12
Columbia    90    1
Barrow    84    3
Tift    81    4
Lowndes    80    3
Troup    78    4
Ware    77    5
Coffee    73    3
Dooly    66    4
Habersham    64    2
Calhoun    60    2
Walton    59    3
Decatur    55    0
Gordon    53    5
Turner    50    1
Pierce    49    2
Oconee    48    0
Glynn    46    0
Jackson    46    1
Macon    44    0
Dawson    42    2
Butts    40    0
Greene    40    1
Whitfield    40    3
Laurens    39    1
Meriwether    39    0
Burke    37    2
Wilcox    36    0
Harris    35    2
Mcduffie    35    2
Johnson    32    1
Oglethorpe    32    1
Bryan    31    2
Liberty    31    0
Peach    31    2
Pike    29    1
Polk    29    0
Stephens    28    1
Camden    27    0
Grady    27    1
Bulloch    26    1
Effingham    25    1
Marion    24    1
Brooks    23    3
Washington    23    0
Lamar    21    0
Lumpkin    20    0
Miller    20    0
White    20    0
Baker    19    2
Clay    19    2
Dodge    19    0
Haralson    19    1
Morgan    19    0
Seminole    19    2
Wilkinson    19    1
Appling    18    0
Catoosa    18    0
Murray    18    0
Toombs    18    2
Bacon    17    1
Brantley    16    1
Jones    16    0
Pulaski    16    1
Talbot    16    1
Monroe    15    1
Pickens    15    2
Schley    15    1
Fannin    14    0
Jasper    14    0
Madison    14    1
Putnam    14    0
Banks    13    0
Ben Hill    13    0
Crawford    13    0
Irwin    13    0
Stewart    13    0
Telfair    13    0
Walker    13    0
Emanuel    12    0
Jenkins    12    1
Cook    11    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
Clinch    7    0
Dade    7    1
Elbert    7    0
Rabun    7    0
Wayne    7    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
Bleckley    4    0
Candler    4    0
Echols    4    0
Mcintosh    4    0
Twiggs    4    0
Webster    4    0
Quitman    3    1
Wheeler    3    0
Evans    2    0
Long    2    0
Montgomery    2    0
Treutlen    1    0
*Unknown    255    0
*Non-Georgia Resident    780    7

The information listed is based on patient county of residence, when known.

For a detailed break-out of where the cases are across Georgia, visit our interactive map page.

Supreme Court of Georgia moves July bar exam to September due to coronavirus

The Supreme Court of Georgia announced on Friday that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has rescheduled the July 28-29 state bar examination for September 9-10.

The Court took this step after consultation with the Georgia Department of Public Health.

In addition, the Court has adopted a temporary rule allowing recent law school graduates to become provisionally admitted to practice law before taking the bar exam.

“As we carefully considered all of our options, it became clear that the bar exam should not go forward in July,” Chief Justice Harold Melton said in a statement.

Up to 1,500 people take the July bar exam each year, and almost all of them sit in close proximity to each other in the same convention hall.

"It is vitally important to the Court that the law students and graduates affected by this delay be afforded the opportunity to move forward in their careers,” Chief Justice Melton said.

The new rule allows anyone who has graduated in the past 18 months from an American Bar Association-accredited law school to apply to the Office of Bar Admissions for a certificate of provisional admission.  

UGA outlines graduation ceremony plans

The University of Georgia tweeted out that it is now planning its 2020 Spring undergraduate commencement ceremony for October, and its 2020 Spring graduate commencement ceremony for December.

They will also send an online recognition message on May 8.

Flowers Foods temporarily shutters Tucker bakery facility

Flowers Foods, regional baker of Nature's Own, Wonder, Tastykake, Dave's Killer Bread and other bakery foods, said this week it has temporarily stopped production at its Tucker, Ga., bakery facility.

The company said it was done out of an abundance of caution to safeguard the wellness of the 255 team members at the facility. This came following an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at the bakery as well as self-quarantining over the past few days.

The facility, which primarily produces frozen, non-retail specialty and foodservice bread and bun items, is expected to resume production on or about April 27.

According to the FDA, there is no evidence of food or food packing being associated with COVID-19 transmission.

Flowers says it will pay furloughed production employees and asks those employees to shelter-in-place until the bakery resumes production.

The company only anticipates a limited impact on its ability to service its customers, as other bakery facilities in the Flowers network are expected to offset most of the lost production in the near term.  

Things to know Friday morning 

  • Data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation ranks Georgia near the bottom in the nation in coronavirus testing
  • An Atlanta emergency room physician is sharing what it's like to bear the burden of being on the front lines
  • A 70-year-old metro Atlanta retiree gave away his full $1,200 stimulus payment - “I know there’s an extreme need," he said.
  • The Marcus Autism Center preschool is using virtual 'circle time' to keep kids connected
  • Still getting "Payment Status Not Available" when you try to check on your stimulus payment status? We're trying to work out why

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