Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: COVID-19 cases in Georgia pass 43K over Memorial Day weekend

caption arrowCaption
Georgia officials are preparing for an increase in Memorial Day travel that will test the state’s coronavirus response strategy.

Deaths increased to 1,848 by 7 p.m. on Memorial Day; confirmed cases reached 43,400

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is committed to providing our readers with the most comprehensive coverage of the deadly coronavirus.

This blog will be updated throughout Tuesday, May 26, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.

» Complete coverage: Coronavirus

7 p.m.: The AJC is keeping track of reported coronavirus deaths and cases across Georgia, as reported by the Department of Public Health. Tuesday evening, there are at least 1,895 deaths from COVID-19 and 43,983 confirmed cases in the state.

2 p.m.: Raisa Habersham reports Elizabeth Baptist Church on Cascade Road is offering free COVID-19 testing in June. Free food will be provided.

2 p.m.: Old Fourth Ward restaurants and bars have signed a pledge to follow 64 safety guidelines when they reopen. Yvonne Zusel has the story.

1:30 p.m.: David Wickert reports Xpress bus service plans to restore about 5 percent of its service beginning June 1. It will answer questions during an online public chat with Chief Transit Officer Gail Franklin at noon Wednesday.

1 p.m.: According to the Department of Public Health, as of Tuesday afternoon, there are at least 1,871 deaths from COVID-19 and 43,730 confirmed cases in the state.

1 p.m.: James Salzer reports that Georgia senators have raised the possibility that staffers be required to work the same number of hours for less pay rather than staffers being furloughed to meet mandated budget cuts.

1 p.m.Adrianne Murchison reports on North Fulton pools beginning to reopen after Milton City Pool reopened over the weekend with state social distancing guidelines in place.

noon: The Trap Music Museum will reopen June 5 with safety measures in place. Melissa Ruggieri has the story.

11:15 a.m.Kristal Dixon reports on Six Flag's new "extensive" safety protocols meant to protect guests and employees from possible exposure to the novel coronavirus, including at Six Flags Over Georgia and Cobb County's White Water.

11 a.m. Bo Emerson reports the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta will provide $580,000 in grants to help metro area arts groups survive the COVID-19 crisis.

11 a.m.: Meet the man many have been watching at Gov. Brian Kemp's COVID-19 press conferences, sign language interpreter David Cowan. Keri Janton and Ryon Horne have the story.

10 a.m.Wendell Brock has the details on how traditional eating will continue at Briarcliff Road's Feedel Bistro, an Ethiopian and Eritrean eatery, with safety put first.

8 a.m.: Leon Stafford reports Clayton County plans to hold virtual meetings to discuss the upcoming SPLOST referendum at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Another meeting will follow at 11 a.m June 2.

7 a.m: Google.org gave 133 metro Atlanta teachers $1,000 each in grant money to help students learn from home. Vanessa McCray has the details.

5 a.m.: Reflecting on the prospect of possibly never wearing high heels again amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gracie Bonds Staples reports on an Atlanta-shot documentary all about the shoe from independent filmmaker Adelin Gasana.

OVERNIGHT

The AJC is keeping track of reported coronavirus deaths and cases across Georgia, as reported by the Department of Public Health. Monday evening, there are at least 1,848 deaths from COVID-19 and 43,400 confirmed cases in the state.

» PHOTOS: Memorial Day weekend tradition on hold and remembered

OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND’S TOP STORIES

» Coronavirus in Georgia: stats in real time

» Tips to keep you safer as Georgia reopens during pandemic

DAILY CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

ExploreFriday, May 22
ExploreThursday, May 21
ExploreWednesday, May 20
ExploreTuesday, May 19
ExploreMonday, May 18
ExploreSaturday, May 16
ExploreFriday, May 15
ExploreThursday, May 14
ExploreWednesday, May 13
ExploreTuesday, May 12
ExploreMonday, May 11
ExploreSunday, May 10
ExploreSaturday, May 9
ExploreFriday, May 8
ExploreThursday, May 7
ExploreWednesday, May 6
ExploreTuesday, May 5
ExploreMonday, May 4
Explore Saturday, May 2
ExploreFriday, May 1
Explore Thursday, April 30
ExploreWednesday, April 29
ExploreTuesday, April 28
ExploreMonday, April 27
ExploreSaturday, April 25
ExploreFriday, April 24
Explore Thursday, April 23
ExploreWednesday, April 22
Explore Tuesday, April 21
ExploreMonday, April 20
Explore Friday, April 17
Explore Thursday, April 16
Explore Wednesday, April 15
Explore Tuesday, April 14
ExploreMonday, April 13
ExploreSunday, April 12
ExploreSaturday, April 11
ExploreFriday, April 10
Explore Thursday, April 9
ExploreWednesday, April 8
ExploreTuesday, April 7
ExploreMonday, April 6
ExploreSunday, April 5
ExploreSaturday, April 4
ExploreFriday, April 3
ExploreThursday, April 2
ExploreWednesday, April 1
ExploreTuesday, March 31
ExploreMonday, March 30
ExploreFriday, March 27
ExploreThursday, March 26
ExploreWednesday, March 25
ExploreTuesday, March 24
ExploreMonday, March 23
ExploreFriday, March 20
ExploreThursday, March 19
ExploreWednesday, March 18
ExploreTuesday, March 17
ExploreMonday, March 16
ExploreSunday, March 15
ExploreSaturday, March 14
ExploreFriday, March 13
ExploreThursday, March 12