Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: COVID-19 cases in Georgia pass 41K; deaths pass 1,800

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There are now 1,808 deaths from COVID-19 and 41,482 confirmed cases

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This blog will be updated throughout Friday, May 22, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.

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7 p.m.: The AJC is keeping track of reported coronavirus deaths and cases across Georgia, as reported by the Department of Public Health. This evening, there are at least 1,808 deaths from COVID-19 and 41,482 confirmed cases in the state.

6 p.m.: While in Atlanta, Vice President Mike Pence praised Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia restaurant owners who have reopened their establishments in recent weeks. Tamar Hallerman has the story.

6 p.m.: UGA is going a step above what was required by the SEC and will test all football players and other athletes returning to campus whether they show signs of the coronavirus or not. Chip Towers has the story.

1 p.m.: The AJC is keeping track of reported coronavirus deaths and cases across Georgia, as reported by the Department of Public Health. At midday, there are at least 1,785 deaths from COVID-19 and 41,218 confirmed cases in the state.

11:45 a.m.: The full Atlanta run of "Hamilton" has shifted to 2021. Music blogger Melissa Ruggieri has dates and other details.

10:45 a.m.: Venturing out for Memorial Day weekend? Sarah K. Spencer steps away from the Hawks beat to bring you some updated guidelines.

9:30 a.m.: Travel and tourism are among the many casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically Atlanta's niche market as the "birthplace of the civil rights movement," Ernie Suggs reports.

6:30 a.m.: A viral Facebook post falsely claiming new federal legislation would allow the government to forcibly remove people from their homes is an example of one of the many messaging challenges facing Georgia's growing team of contact tracers. Tamar Hallerman has the story.

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David Wickert reported that, with Georgia slowly reopening, transit ridership has stabilized, and several agencies are making tentative plans to restore some service.

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