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Coronavirus in Georgia on May 12

Here is the latest from around the state on Tuesday.

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. As of 7.p.m., there are 34,838 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,494 deaths reported. Scroll to read more.

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.

Key Facts: 

  • There have been 1,494 deaths in Georgia, with the state's earliest reported death on March 5. Over the last 14 days (4/29-5/12), the average daily increase in newly reported deaths was 32.71. Over the previous 14-day period (4/15-4/28), the average daily increase in newly reported deaths was 36.71. 
  • There have been 34,838 cases confirmed in Georgia, with the state's earliest reported case on Feb. 1. Over the last 14 days, the average daily increase in newly confirmed cases was 758.07. Over the previous 14-day period, the average daily increase in newly confirmed cases was 689.07. 
  • There have been 6,227 total patients hospitalized in Georgia during the pandemic, according to the Department of Public Health's cumulative total. Over the last 14 days, the average daily increase in new patients was 94.71. Over the previous 14-day period, the average daily increase in new patients was 118.86. 
  • The Georgia Emergency Management Agency began reporting current statewide hospitalizations on May 1. That day they reported 1,500 current hospitalizations. By the most recent report on May 11, there were 1,133 current hospitalizations. 
  • Gov. Brian Kemp's statewide shelter-in-place order expired at midnight on April 30. However, his order for the elderly and medically-fragile remains in effect until June 12.
  • All public school buildings in Georgia are closed through the end of the school year
  • Public Health Emergency remains in effect.

State numbers at 7 p.m. show nearly 35K confirmed cases

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. As of 7 p.m., there are 34,848 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,494 deaths reported. This is up from the 34,002 confirmed cases and 1,444 deaths that they announced on Monday evening.

Of the 34,848 confirmed cases, 3595 are in Fulton, 2605 are in DeKalb, 2495 are in Gwinnett, 2253 are in Cobb and 2060 are in Hall. For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

They said 6,227 patients have been hospitalized with COVID-19.

Order that closed public pools set to expire 

Despite the fact that Gov. Brian Kemp extended the order for bars, nightclubs and music venues, he did not extend the order for public pools. They will be allowed to open on Thursday. 

The Governor’s order still requires that, even if they are open, users must comply with social distancing mandates, and the large gathering ban applies where more than ten people in a single location must maintain at least six feet between each person.

Click here to read the full report. 

Some divisions of state agencies will begin limited in-person operations

Gov. Brian Kemp announced that beginning on May 18, some divisions of state agencies will begin limited in-person operations. Most agencies have been working remotely. This, he said, will be done in phases -- and the agencies will have a series of guidelines to follow. 

Georgia receives first shipment of Remdesivir, Kemp says

Gov. Brian Kemp said that the stat received 30 cases of Remdesivir from the federal government on Tuesday. 

He said each case contains 40 vials and that they were going to work with officials in the Department of Public Health to determine how it will be distributed. 

Day camps allowed to operate this summer

Gov. Kemp announced during a press conference that day camps would be allowed to operate starting Thursday. He did say that overnight camps would not be allowed to open yet. 

Click here to read the full report. 

Governor eases some restrictions for restaurants

Gov. Kemp announced during a press conference that he was easing some restrictions for restaurants. 

Moving forward, restaurants can allow 10 patrons per 300 square feet, he said. Also, party sizes per table will be extended from six to 10 people.  

Kemp extends order to keep bars, nightclubs closed

Georgia bars, nightclubs, performance venues, amusement parks and public swimming pools will remain closed through May 31 under an order extended by Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday.

The governor made the announcement during an afternoon news conference at the State Capitol in Atlanta.

Click here to read the full report.

City of Alpharetta reopening some facilities

The City of Alpharetta is implementing a phased plan for restoring its operations and will begin reopening some public facilities on Friday, May 15, they said.

Beginning Friday, the following City of Alpharetta parks facilities will reopen to the public, provided that appropriate social distancing and other CDC guidelines are followed:

  • Tennis and pickleball courts
  • Athletic fields for non-organized play
  • Youth sports organizations may hold tryouts and/or skill drills on athletic fields upon submitting a COVID-19 plan and receiving a permit from the City
  • Waggy World Dog Park
  • All outdoor restrooms (i.e. restrooms not located inside another facility)

Beginning on Monday, May 18 the City will reopen the lobbies of City Hall and the Department of Public Safety to the public.  

Recreation, camping areas at area lakes to remain closed through end of May

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District announced today that recreation areas at Lake Sidney Lanier, Allatoona Lake, and Carters Lake will be extending campground reservation cancellations through Sunday, May 31.

"We understand that as the summer recreation season approaches, this latest update on the ongoing COVID-19 emergency comes as a disappointment to many. However, the Corps' highest priority — as we demonstrate each year with our aggressive water safety campaign and training programs — is the health and safety of the visiting public, and the safety of our staff and volunteers," they said in a news release.

With visitor centers, campgrounds, beaches and special event spaces not currently open, certain water and land access areas remain accessible to the public, including:

  • Boat Launches
  • Nature Trails
  • Viewing Areas

City of South Fulton to distribute food to residents

The City of South Fulton will assist those impacted by the COVID-19 virus. They have partnered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Renaissance Church of Christ and the Delta Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. this week to distribute the food. 

State Farm is sponsoring $500 worth of personal protective equipment for volunteers.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 14 at Welcome All Park off Lee Road from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

City of Decatur to furlough staff

The City of Decatur announced on Tuesday that they plan to furlough 20 employees effective May 23 "due to the unprecedented issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting closure of city facilities and cancellation of all city programs and activities."

They said in a news release that the furlough is anticipated to be both "temporary and short-term" with the intention to recall the employees "as soon as normal business practices may be resumed."

Confirmed cases in Georgia at 34,635

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. As of 1 p.m., there are 34,635 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,461 deaths reported. This is up from the 33,927 confirmed cases and 1,441 deaths that they announced on Monday at 1 p.m.

Of the 34,635 confirmed cases, 3,530 are in Fulton, 2,569 are in DeKalb, 2,492 are in Gwinnett, 2,233 are in Cobb and 2,051 are in Hall. For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

They said 6,130 patients have been hospitalized due to COVID-19.

COUNTY - CASES - DEATHS

Fulton    3530    147
DeKalb    2569    72
Gwinnett    2492    96
Cobb    2233    122
Hall    2051    29
Dougherty    1610    128
Non-Georgia Resident    1582    24
Unknown    1221    1
Clayton    947    35
Cherokee    626    18
Henry    614    15
Richmond    456    16
Douglas    417    12
Sumter    402    33
Forsyth    398    10
Carroll    397    19
Habersham    387    16
Muscogee    385    15
Bibb    375    15
Bartow    366    33
Mitchell    353    32
Lee    341    22
Chatham    319    13
Houston    287    15
Coweta    280    4
Baldwin    275    12
Newton    260    8
Thomas    253    26
Upson    253    24
Rockdale    244    7
Spalding    237    12
Paulding    229    10
Early    227    27
Colquitt    213    10
Fayette    201    12
Terrell    197    23
Barrow    196    6
Troup    193    5
Lowndes    192    4
Butts    191    17
Clarke    188    13
Crisp    186    7
Columbia    185    5
Worth    184    13
Coffee    182    10
Randolph    169    21
Whitfield    166    6
Ware    165    12
Floyd    159    12
Tift    159    6
Walton    152    7
Dooly    147    12
Hancock    134    4
Gordon    124    16
Jackson    124    3
Calhoun    117    5
Decatur    111    3
Burke    110    4
Gilmer    100    0
Wilcox    95    12
Appling    94    10
Stephens    93    1
White    88    1
Grady    87    4
Macon    84    5
Laurens    82    1
Dawson    81    1
Turner    78    12
Lumpkin    76    1
Glynn    74    1
Harris    68    2
Johnson    68    2
Peach    68    2
Pierce    68    4
Walker    68    0
Polk    67    0
Meriwether    66    1
Oconee    66    0
Brooks    64    7
Washington    63    1
Bryan    59    4
Putnam    59    6
Catoosa    58    0
Greene    57    5
Oglethorpe    56    4
McDuffie    51    4
Murray    50    1
Bacon    47    1
Pike    46    2
Bulloch    44    2
Liberty    44    0
Elbert    42    0
Toombs    41    4
Ben Hill    40    0
Lamar    40    1
Marion    40    1
Monroe    40    4
Wilkinson    40    3
Effingham    39    1
Banks    38    0
Camden    37    1
Clinch    36    0
Seminole    36    2
Pickens    35    2
Union    35    1
Dodge    34    1
Fannin    34    1
Miller    34    0
Pulaski    34    1
Stewart    34    0
Baker    33    2
Cook    33    3
Haralson    33    2
Morgan    33    0
Jones    30    0
Bleckley    29    0
Madison    29    1
Franklin    28    1
Telfair    28    0
Clay    27    3
Talbot    27    1
Wilkes    27    0
Brantley    26    2
Jasper    26    0
Emanuel    24    1
Jeff Davis    24    1
Irwin    22    1
Atkinson    20    1
Crawford    20    0
Taylor    20    2
Towns    20    1
Berrien    19    0
Hart    18    0
Jenkins    18    1
Charlton    17    1
Dade    17    1
Heard    17    1
Jefferson    17    1
Screven    17    1
Chattooga    16    2
Chattahoochee    15    0
Schley    15    1
Warren    15    0
Rabun    14    1
Wayne    13    0
Lincoln    12    0
Lanier    11    2
Webster    11    2
Candler    10    0
Tattnall    9    0
Twiggs    8    0
Echols    7    0
McIntosh    7    0
Quitman    7    1
Evans    5    0
Long    5    0
Montgomery    5    0
Treutlen    5    0
Wheeler    5    0
Glascock    1    0
Taliaferro    1    0

Things to know for Tuesday, May 12

  • Experts are monitoring children in Atlanta for signs of a mysterious illness that's been described as like Kawasaki disease and may be linked to COVID-19
  • Gov. Kemp is expected to outline how businesses such as bars and nightclubs will move forward once current restrictions on them expire on Wednesday. Owners of those businesses are not optimistic, however
  • Women in Georgia have been especially hard hit by the economic impact of the pandemic
  • Area parents of children with special needs are continuing to push forward with e-learning

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