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Coronavirus in Georgia: Confirmed cases now at 9,879 with 361 deaths

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. As of Noon, there are 9,879 confirmed cases of the virus and 361 deaths reported. Scroll to read more. 

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.

Key Facts: 

Wednesday, April 8

Confirmed cases in Georgia climb to 9,879 with 361deaths

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. As of Noon, there are 9,879 confirmed cases of the virus and 361 deaths reported. This is up from the 9,156 confirmed cases and 348 deaths that they announced on Tuesday evening.

Of the 9,879 confirmed cases, 1,238 are in Fulton, 703 are in DeKalb, 986 are in Dougherty, 586 are in Cobb and 563 are in Gwinnett. In all, there are cases reported in 155 counties (859 cases are listed as unknown counties). For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

They said 1,980 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Of the confirmed cases, 1 percent are between the ages of 0-17, while 60 percent are 18-59 years old, 35 percent are over 60 and 4 percent are unknown. 53 percent are female, 44 percent are male and 3 percent are not known.

In total, 35,980 tests were conducted at commercial labs, reporting 9,372 positive cases. At the Department of Public Health Laboratory, 2,807 tests were conducted with 507 positive results.

Public health state of emergency extended to May 13

Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, and House Speaker David Ralston announced plans to extend Georgia’s public health state of emergency through May 13, 2020 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Under state law, the Governor may renew the public health state of emergency, which was otherwise set to expire on April 13, 2020

Lt. Governor Duncan and Speaker Ralston agree it is necessary for the public health emergency to be renewed and will not be requesting a special legislative session, which was tentatively scheduled for April 15, 2020.

“This measure will allow us to continue to deploy resources to communities in need, lend support to frontline medical providers, and keep preparing as we brace for potential patient surge in our healthcare facilities. We deeply appreciate the hard work of Georgians who are sheltering in place, using social distancing, and helping us flatten the curve. We are in this fight together,” Kemp said.

Fulton County Board of Health announces closings, strict in-office policies

The Fulton County Board of Health announced the closing of five facilities on Wednesday morning to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. A spokesperson said they want to "protect the health and safety of clients and staff." They will also require that all clients seeking service at other locations must wear a mask before coming in and get their temperatures checked. The following facilities are closed to the public:

  • Adamsville Regional Health Center

  • Center for Health and Rehabilitation

  • North Fulton Service Center

  • Neighborhood Union Health Center

  • Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Health Center

An official for the organization said, "anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed into the building." Anyone refusing to wear a mask or have their temperature taken will not be allowed into the facility, according to the press release.

Things to know this morning 

  • Mobile clinic to offer drive-thru testing across 10-county area

  • Rep. Doug Collins says he's acquired hydroxychloroquine for Georgia

  • Dept. of Public Health releases cases and deaths by demographic

  • The University of Georgia creates medical face shields

  • Arthur Blank, Mercedes-Benz Stadium extend relief efforts for game day staff with $1M fund

  • Georgia colleges, universities to continue online classes through summer semesters

  • Mayor places new restrictions on Atlanta BeltLine

  • Gwinnett Schools transportation staff members test positive

  • Kroger to limit the number of customers in-store

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