The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Georgia is now 44,421 with 1,907 deaths and an approximate 95.70% survival rate. The Georgia Department of Public Health releases these new numbers every day around 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m. ET.
The DPH does not track the number of recoveries because it cannot accurately quantify the number at this time.
Click on each county in the map to learn more about the cases reported there.
This story will be updated as often as possible, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.
Those who believe they are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to contact their primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
Georgians can also call the state COVID-19 hotline at 844-442-2681 to share public health information and connect with medical professionals. Click HERE for more information.
A metro Atlanta doctor has found a creative solution so that hard of hearing people can communicate with those wearing masks. A California company is making masks with clear plastic panels that allow people with a hearing loss to “see” people speak—and also tell if they’re happy or sad.
More than 5.6 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.6 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise.
Doraville City Hall is reopening Tuesday but on a limited schedule and with reduced staffing. Visitors will be required to wear face covering and practice social distancing if they go to City Hall. Hand sanitizer will be available in the lobby. MORE DETAILS HERE.
Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted Tuesday that Georgia would be “honored” to host the Republican National Convention. President Donald Trump said he may be forced to move it from North Carolina because of Gov. Roy Cooper’s crowd restrictions.
Nearly 5.5 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.6 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies.
The city of Tucker will reopen both of its public pools on Saturday. Officials plan to implement new procedures intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. To visit Kelley Cofer Park pool or Smoke Rise Bath and Racquet Club, residents must register online for a specific 2 ½-hour period each day.
The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States continued to climb past 1.5 million early Friday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Scientists at Emory University have discovered that many patients hospitalized with COVID-19 develop antibodies within six days of testing positive. The news is key toward developing a vaccine for the virus and treatments for those who are infected.
More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak that triggered widespread business shutdowns. Roughly 38.6 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the last 9 weeks.
JCPenney is reopening three more Georgia stores Wednesday as their phased plan continues. The retailer says the stores have “enhanced safety protocols and precautions” in place. The stores are located in Hiram, Columbus and Fayetteville.
More than 4.8 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.5 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise.
An experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers, its maker announced Monday.
WSB Washington Insider Jamie Dupree: “The House on Friday will vote on a $3 trillion Coronavirus aid package from Democrats which features more direct payments to Americans, $1 trillion in aid for state and local governments, and another $75 billion for Coronavirus testing. While Republicans have denounced the plan, we are starting to see cracks in that opposition – and it won’t surprise me if a deal is reached before Memorial Day on a fifth virus aid package. The House will also vote on new rules today which could allow for remote voting and hearings.”
This year’s college graduates won’t get to take their triumphant walk across the stage. But at least one aspect of the traditional graduation ceremony is being salvaged for the class of 2020: the celebrity keynote address.
More than 4.4 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.4 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise.
Gov. Brian Kemp’s new executive order is now in effect and outlines the rules and guidelines as the state continues to reopen. Here’s what will stay closed and the new guidelines.
DeKalb County Board of Health will have its second pop-up COVID-19 testing site. It will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The House of Hope Atlanta off Flat Shoals Parkway. The testing is free but you must pre-register.
The Piedmont Park Conservancy, the nonprofit group that preserves and enhances Piedmont Park in Atlanta, is asking visitors to abide by public health guidelines to help everyone stay safe, especially this weekend.
Today is the first day testing is open to everyone in the state, whether they have symptoms or not. A mass testing site will be open at the Infinite Energy Center in Gwinnett County. Last month’s event tested 800 people.
New unemployment numbers nationwide were released Thursday morning. Another 3.2 million Americans file for jobless claims last week. That brings the total to roughly 33.5 million people in the last 7 weeks.
As digital learning winds down, school districts across Georgia are now trying to figure out what next year looks like. Gwinnett County planned to bring staff and teachers back this week, but now reversed that move.
As officials across the country and here in Georgia continue the process of reopening states for business amid the coronavirus pandemic, antibody tests have been suggested as a key to getting back to normal.
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, and the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, will honor frontline responders and essential workers this Saturday in Atlanta.
Gov. Brian Kemp’s signed an executive order Thursday that lifts a shelter-in-place order for most of Georgia’s 10.6 million residents, though it extends restrictions for the elderly, the medically fragile, nursing homes and businesses.
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Georgia’s shelter-in-place order is currently set to expire at 11:59 p.m. Thursday night. Gov. Brian Kemp could still issue new guidelines or decide to extend the order. We are in touch with the governor’s office for any new updates.
New unemployment numbers are expected Thursday morning. Last week, the Georgia Department of Labor said it has already processed more than 1 million unemployment claims. That is more than the past three years combined.
Los Angeles-based CORE Response and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation on Thursday plan to open a coronavirus testing site at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The testing center, which will operate at the Home Depot Backyard adjacent to the stadium, will offer free tests to people with appointments from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The site will operate Monday-Friday for at least the next several weeks.
The amount of COVID-19 tests administered in Georgia hit a record on Tuesday with 13,000 reported. There are now 49 testing sites across the state in addition to nine run by the Georgia National Guard. Find a COVID-19 testing site in Georgia.
University of Georgia President Jere Morehead said Tuesday he anticipates reopening its campuses, along with other schools in the University System of Georgia, for in-person instruction in August for the fall semester.
Governor Brian Kemp discussed what he called a difficult decision to reopen some businesses in Georgia during a news conference Monday.
There are now 23,773 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, with 942 deaths. About 4,433 total cases have required hospitalization. The Georgia Department of Public Health website breaks down the latest data.
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Local Kroger stores will be delivering thousands of gallons of milk to the people who need it the most during this time.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the state’s reopening play. “What I believe is that there are some who are willing to sacrifice lives for the sake of the economy. That’s unacceptable to me," Bottoms said.
These new testing sites are now open across Georgia: Greenbriar Mall, Georgia State University Blue Parking, Kennesaw State University Parking Deck, Clayton State Parking Deck (City of Morrow), Decatur Armory, M.E. Lewis Elementary School and Colquitt Regional Medical Center.
Kemp releases new requirements for Georgia restaurants to reopen dine-in service
Many college students were counting on working at summer camps to make some money but camps all over the state are being canceled.
Eleven metro Atlanta chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are calling on people to "defy the governor" and continue to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
New Georgia unemployment numbers were released Thursday morning. The state’s labor commissioner said Georgia has already paid out over a billion dollars. “If I had to just guess, you are going to see over a million claims filed in basically a months time,” said GDOL’s Mark Butler.
During a news conference Wednesday, President Trump said he “strongly disagrees” with Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to start reopening the state. Later that night, Kemp responded saying his plan was “driven by data and guided by state public health officials.”
Hundreds can get tested during an event today at the Infinite Energy Center in Gwinnett County. The Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County health departments will conduct 800 tests. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms is eligible to get tested but appointments are required.
Joining Atlanta's Morning News on Tuesday, April 21, Gov. Kemp spoke with WSB's Scott Slade about plans to allow some businesses shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic to reopen by the end of the week.
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Facebook announced Monday that applications are now open for small businesses in metro Atlanta to be awarded thousands of dollars in grant money.
Local Suwanee business owners Paul Hoyt and his wife Brandi partnered with RIP Medical Debt to relieve over $1.8 million in past due medical debts for Forsyth and Gwinnett County families who are unable to pay them.
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Gov. Brian Kemp outlined plans Monday to allow some businesses shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic to reopen by the end of the week, as he starts to ease restrictions that have ravaged the state’s economy to stem the spread of the disease.
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Chinese officials on Friday revised the death toll in Wuhan to include an additional 1,290 fatalities attributed to the novel coronavirus, citing a larger percentage of home deaths than previously counted and overwhelmed health care personnel.
The new temporary hospital going up inside one of the Georgia World Congress Center’s cavernous exhibit halls could begin accepting patients as early as Saturday morning.
The White House on Thursday released an 18 page package of guidelines to help states re-open businesses shuttered by the Coronavirus outbreak, counseling individuals to continue social distancing practices, and urging businesses to ensure a safe working environment for their employees, as the U.S. tries to return to a more normal environment.
WSB Radio aired a special report on the morning of April 16th. “Coronavirus: Where Georgia’s Jobs Stand” focused on what aid is available, who can get it, and how they navigate the system to get benefits quickly. WSB’s Scott Slade and Eric Von Haessler spoke with guests that included Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, Consumer Expert Clark Howard, and ‘Money Matters’ host Wes Moss.
>>Listen to the special report in its entirety below.
The Atlanta City Council took action Tuesday to help people who have trouble paying their rent. The council ratified Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms order calling for a temporary moratorium on some evictions for the next 60 days.
Public health directors across the state have been ordered to expand testing and criteria. Criteria will now include asymptomatic people who have had close contact with those who are infected with COVID-19.
The DeKalb County School District is ending school early for students as they continue learning from home amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Tuesday. School will end on May 8 for seniors and May 15 for other grades.
The Kia plant in West Point confirms it will remain closed until April 27. The company stopped production at the end of March for two weeks but a plant spokesman confirmed today they will extend that shutdown. Piedmont Atlanta Hospital opening Buckhead expansion several months early. It opens today.
The Georgia Department of Labor says it processed more claims last week than were processed during the entire year of 2019. The GDOL announced the agency processed 390,132 claims during the week of March 29 through April 4, more than three times what was processed the week before.
School districts are making changes to their digital learning plans. Cobb County and Gwinnett County schools announced that digital learning will happen Monday-Thursdays. No new assignments will be given on Fridays, so students can use that day to catch up on assignments.
City of College Park have adopted a hazard pay policy for front line public safety and public works employees. The policy goes into effect immediately and will help 150 essential employees. The hazard pay is a supplement to an employees base pay, and will range from $250 - $500 dollars per month. The payments will remain in place until June 30th.
Hours after Gov. Brian Kemp extended the statewide shelter-in-place order through the end of April, Georgia’s confirmed coronavirus cases crossed the 10,000 mark, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Gov. Brian Kemp extended Georgia’s shelter in place order through the end of April and imposed new restrictions on senior care facilities Wednesday as he faced criticism from local officials who urged him to take more drastic steps to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday he would extend Georgia’s public health emergency through May 13, granting him more time to use extraordinary powers to suspend laws and impose other restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
The Fulton County Board of Health has closed the following health centers to the public: Adamsville Regional Health Center, Center for Health and Rehabilitation, North Fulton Service Center, Neighborhood Union Health Center and Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Health Center.
Along with the closures, people who visit the other locations are required to have their temperature checked and wear a mask before they enter the building. Anyone exhibiting coronavirus symptoms or refuses to wear a mask and have their temperature taken will not be allowed into the building.
Emory University is one of many agencies and universities working in a national trial of a vaccine that could potentially prevent the virus. One of those trial participants spoke with Channel 2 about what it means to be part of the trial and the fears that come with it.
Kroger will begin today to limit the number of customers allowed in their stores at one time to allow for proper physical distancing in every store. The amount of customers will be based on the square-footage of each store.
New CVS drive-thru testing center is open on Georgia Tech’s officials. People cannot just show up for testing. You have to fill out a registration form before arriving.
"Coronavirus—Where Your Money Stands" airs today from 12-3PM on 95.5 WSB. Download the WSB Radio App and use the Open Mic feature to send questions for Clark Howard, Wes Moss, and host Scott Slade.
The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is temporarily shutting down all dispersed camping corridors, day-use areas, trailhead facilities and other recreation sites on the Blue Ridge Ranger District to protect public health and safety.
The massive stimulus package signed by President Donald Trump includes $500 million for the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather electronic information to track the spread of the coronavirus.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) launched a dedicated COVID-19 hotline last week to answer questions from Georgia’s families. Call 404-785-7955, seven days a week between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to speak with an expert about your concerns.
Thirty days after the first infection in Georgia, WSB is airing a special report Thursday from 8-10 p.m. ET. Listen to 'Coronavirus: Where Georgia Stands' live on 95.5 WSB or on the WSB Radio App. You can also use the Open Mic feature on the WSB Radio App to leave us questions ahead of our coverage.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered travelers from seven cities and states to be quarantined for 14 days upon entering his state due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The order applies to anyone traveling to Texas from the states of California, Louisiana, and Washington as well as the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Miami. Read more here.
PruittHealth wants to make sure its workers are taken care of and have teamed up with Waffle House to provide meals for those working overtime. Waffle House will be using their food truck that was built for Hurricane Katrina to feed front-line hospital workers some scattered and covered goodness.
The city of Atlanta has established a website for residents and businesses to obtain the latest information about the city’s efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, The AJC’s Stephen Deere reports.
DeKalb County Schools confirmed its first employee case of COVID-19. There is no exposure to students in this case, according to the district. “Per guidance from health officials, the identity of the employee must be kept confidential, but we can disclose that the employee did not work at a school," the district said.
Early Tuesday morning, Gov. Kemp joined Atlanta’s Morning News host Scott Slade to discuss the order, which is scheduled to end on April 6th. Listen to full interview below.
A large coalition of restaurants, ranging from individual local businesses to national chains, is banding together for the Great American Takeout, a social media movement encouraging consumers to order takeout on Tuesday, March 24.
Health officials have confirmed the first death from COVID-19 in Clarke County. The Northeast Health District says a 67-year-old Athens man who had existing medical conditions died at a local hospital.
23 coronavirus testing sites have been set up on Georgia for people referred by a doctor. They are in Cartersville, Rome, Dalton, Woodstock, Gainesville, Marietta, Atlanta, Morrow, Lawrenceville, Stone Mountain, Newnan, Dublin, Warner Robins, Augusta, Columbus, Valdosta, Tifton, Albany, Douglas, Statesboro, Brunswick, Savannah and Athens.
Gov. Brian Kemp announced a series of measures Monday to try to curb the spread of coronavirus, instituting a ban on many gatherings of more than 10 people and ordering a shelter in place for “medically fragile” residents for two weeks.
DeKalb County officials have declared a state of emergency. Click HERE for more details.
Atlanta Public Schools said it has its first confirmed case of coronavirus. The district said the employee had no exposure to other students or staff. The employee has been directed to self-quarantine.
The Georgia Department of Public Health released new numbers Thursday and there are 287 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state. The total number of deaths is now up to 10.
Click HERE for the latest case numbers broken down county-by-county, according to the DPH’s report.
3 more people have died of coronavirus at a hospital in southwest Georgia, officials confirm. That brings the number of people dead in Georgia to 4.
Atlanta-based The Home Depot becomes the latest to change store hours. Click here for a full list of stores that have adjusted.
Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan to self-quarantine after member of state Senate tests positive for coronavirus. State Sen. Brandon Beach confirmed he tested positive.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park has closed all buildings within the park. That includes Visitor Center, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Fire Station #6, the Dr. King’s Birth Home, and the Eastern National Bookstore. The outdoor spaces in the park will remain open for free for visitors to walk around.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order requiring restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, clubs, and other public gathering spots to limit their occupancy to no more than 50 people.
Gov. Brian Kemp ordered the closure of all public elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools in Georgia starting Wednesday through the end of the month as the state scrambles to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
Realizing we’re all in this together, an anonymous donor gave several hundred bottles of hand sanitizer to a local Gwinnett advocacy group. The AJC’s Arlinda Smith Broady reports the group then distributed the bottles during meal pickups at Gwinnett schools.
Thousands of Atlantans will go to work today without ever leaving home, The AJC’s Matt Kempner and Michael E. Kanell report. A hefty chunk of metro Atlanta workers may not be able to make such moves, however.
Kemp joined Atlanta's Morning News Friday, March 13th, to discuss the latest on the coronavirus outbreak.
>>ICYMI: Listen to Gov. Kemp’s FULL interview with WSB’s Scott Slade below.
Gov. Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health created a page for confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia.
More from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.
State officials announced Thursday morning that a 67-year-old man with underlying health conditions who contracted the virus last week died at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Cobb County.
Hawks beat writer Sarah K. Spencer reports Atlanta’s team will take today off and stay in their homes. The precautions are being taken after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus and the NBA suspended its 2020 season.
Georgia now has 31 confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump says most travel will be suspended from Europe to the U.S. starting Friday night. The United Kingdom is not included. The ban also won't apply to Americans trying to return home — though they will be subject to “enhanced” health screening.