Latest COVID-19 information for metro Atlanta

LAST REVIEWED OCTOBER 31, 2020 4:15 P.M. EST

Overview

Metro Atlanta, and all of Georgia, remain under a Public Health State of Emergency through Dec. 9, 2020. Residents are encouraged to remain home, but if they go out in public they should wear masks.

Number of cases

The state is currently reporting 360,790 cases and 7,979 deaths. The 7-day average of cases is 1,660. Georgia has conducted over 3.56 million COVID-19 tests with a 9.5% positive rate. The rolling 7-day average is 7.4% positive.

Social distancing

The governor’s latest order allows counties and states to allow mask mandates in public. Residents who are over 65 years old are no longer ordered to shelter in place unless they live in a nursing home or long care facility or are medically fragile. Georgians are required to quarantine two weeks if travelling to NY, NJ, CT and Chicago.

Business and facilities

There is no longer a party maximum for groups at restaurants. Bars can now have up to fifty people or 35% of listed fire capacity. Salad bars and buffets can reopen with cafeteria style service. Atlanta’s mayor asked that no one have gatherings of 10 or more people on city property and rolled back voluntarily reopening to Phase 1.

Events

Conventions are allowed as of July 1 if they meet 21 state requirements. Live performance venues could also open on July 1 if the business complies with state criteria. The Atlanta Falcons say there will be about 10,000 seats available to home games once they decide to allow fans.

Healthcare Status

According to GEMA, 47.9% of ER beds are in use across Georgia. There were 124 COVID-19 hospitalizations today. Across Georgia, 82.8% of critical care beds are in use and 82.2% of general inpatient beds are available in hospitals. There are 894 adult ventilators in use, about 29% of the state’s inventory. State virus tracking numbers are available daily at 3 p.m.

Schools

Many school districts are returning virtually for the start of the school year, while others have chosen to let families choose between in-person instruction and virtual learning. For a county-by-county list of when and how schools are returning, click here.

How to help

There are multiple ways to help, including food drives, supply drives and by donating to a local charity. Here’s a list of ways to help. The American Red Cross also has a severe blood shortage.

How to get help

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is working to help families in need. They have a map of places you can visit to get help. Unemployment resources are available here.

Public Transport

MARTA is taking extra precautions to protect riders and requiring masks. They are regularly cleaning buses, rail, vans and all stations. MARTA has made a variety of service changes and reductions due to COVID-19. Gwinnett Transit workers are rallying for a no mask. no ride policy.

COVID-19 testing

The Georgia Department of Health has a large number of COVID-19 testing sites. Testing is available to all residents at this time.

More COVID-19 news

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