Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: 7 people in Georgia have died since noon

There are now 1,387 confirmed cases and 47 deaths in Georgia

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This blog will be updated throughout Wednesday, March 25, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.

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7 p.m.: The Georgia Department of Public Health announced there have been seven more deaths from COVID-19 since noon, bringing the state's total death toll to 47, Chelsea Prince and Zachary Hansen report. In addition, 140 more cases have been confirmed, bringing the total to 1,387 since the coronavirus pandemic entered Georgia. Of those cases, 438 patients are hospitalized, according to the DPH.

6:45 p.m.: A shortage of kits and testing supplies nationally means rationing of coronavirus tests is likely to continue in Georgia, J. Scott Trubey reports, and state officials do not know when broader testing of the public will be possible.

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12:30 p.m.: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has seen an 85% decline in passengers, Kelly Yamanouchi reports, while revenue at the Atlanta airport could be down by 50% or more, according to the airport's top official.

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11:30 a.m.: Norcross-based restaurant chain Waffle House has opted to close hundreds of diners across the country, buckling after weeks of executives scoffing at precautions other brands had taken in light of the coronavirus. Stephanie Toone has the story.

10 a.m.: Along with its most serious damages, the global pandemic has also really messed up the wedding season, Bo Emerson writes. Brides (and grooms) must not only adjust to working at home, perhaps losing their jobs, maybe seeing their parents sicken, but also must watch the elaborate plans for what would have been a highlight of their young lives, crash and burn.

9:20 a.m.: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will headline an hourlong primetime town hall event Thursday to discuss the growing coronavirus pandemic that will be broadcast on the six major channels in Atlanta. Greg Bluestein fills you in on when and where to watch.

9 a.m.: massive coronavirus stimulus deal reached between the White House and federal lawmakers is expected to include loans and loan guarantees for airlines, providing relief for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, the largest U.S. carrier by revenue. Airport blogger Kelly Yamanouchi has the details.

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6:30 a.m.: As coronavirus cases climbed over 1,000 in Georgia, two Atlanta neighborhoods have found ways to help seniors and residents vulnerable to the coronavirus, Raisa Habersham reports. A Capitol View resident is spearheading the neighborhood's COVID-19 Senior Support group with the hopes of assisting seniors who are unable to get essential items such as medication and groceries.

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  • "The Room Where It Happens" will be empty for a while, Melissa Ruggieri reports. The Fox Theatre is postponing the full run of "Hamilton" as the venue remains closed due to ongoing coronavirus precautions from city and public health officials.