Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: More than 100 new cases, 1 new death since noon

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This blog will be updated throughout Friday, March 27, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.

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7 p.m.: The Georgia Department of Public Health announced there has been one more death from COVID-19 reported since noon, bringing the state's toll to 65. As Chelsea Prince and Zachary Hansen report, the state topped 2,000 cases at noon, and the DPH recorded an additional 129 cases since then, bringing the total to 2,130. Of those patients, 586 are hospitalized, which is about 27.5% of all cases.

6:30 p.m.: Across the nine northeast Georgia mountain counties, the Georgia Department of Public Health had found and confirmed only nine cases of COVID-19 by noon Friday. But, as Zachary Hansen reports, more than half of those nine counties declared states of emergency this past week, with one making it illegal for Atlantans to visit.

5:30 p.m.: People visiting the Atlanta Beltline this weekend will be greeted with an ominous, once-unthinkable message: "Go home, y'all." Tamar Hallerman reports it's one of several new signs posted along the popular network of trails and surrounding green spaces as Beltline officials discourage crowds.

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Noon: 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Georgia surpassed 2,000 Friday as the death toll climbed, Chelsea Prince reports
At 2,001, the cases reported by state health officials have increased 150% since the start of this week. At least 64 Georgians have died as a result of COVID-19.

11:45 a.m.: With Georgia's economy shrinking because of the coronavirus pandemic, House Speaker David Ralston said Friday that the state may not be able to afford the teacher pay raise the governor wants and the income tax cut House Republicans have advocated. James Salzer has the details.

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11:15 a.m.: 

The outbreak of coronavirus at Lee State Prison in southwest Georgia has worsened as staff members and more inmates test positive, Joshua Sharpe reports
One inmate, whose identity wasn’t released, died at a local hospital Thursday night. He was 39.

10:30 a.m.: 

The rescheduled “Hamilton” at the Fox Theatre will take place Aug. 4-Sept. 6, music blogger Melissa Ruggieri reports.
Current ticketholders will retain their current seats, and emails have gone out to inform them which new performance replaces the canceled date.

8:30 a.m.: The rapidly growing rate of coronavirus infections has Albany under siege, Brad Shrade and Johnny Edwards report. Its main hospital is so overrun with sick and dying patients, nurses had been told to keep working even if they test positive themselves.

6 a.m.: Even before House Speaker David Ralston weighed in, suggesting that it be postponed by more than a month, Georgia's May 19 primaries were shaping up to be a beast of a vote. Jim Galloway has details in the Political Insider blog.

6 a.m.: Georgia colleges and universities are holding classes remotely for the rest of the semester after closing their campuses earlier this month to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Eric Stirgus reports on how that's going.

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OVERNIGHT

  • Greg Bluestein's complete coverage of Gov. Brian Kemp's statewide televised event, during which he pleaded with Georgians to stay home and practice social distancing even as he stressed more drastic measures weren't yet needed to stem the disease's spread.
  • Georgia is under a particularly brutal siege from the novel coronavirus, a situation unlikely to end for weeks, or even longer.
  • The United States' number of confirmed coronavirus cases passed China, which means the US currently has more confirmed cases than any other country.

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