Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: Confirmed cases closing in on 12K

Georgia now has 11,859 confirmed cases, 425 deaths

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 Friday, April 10, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.

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7 p.m.: 

Georgia recorded nine new coronavirus-related deaths since noon, bringing the state’s toll to 425, Chelsea Prince and Zachary Hansen report
The Department of Public Health also added 376 confirmed cases of COVID-19, increasing the number of cases statewide to 11,859. 

5 p.m.: COVID-19 is known to be a greater threat for older people and those with underlying health conditions. The death of Georgia's first known victim of the infection  underscored the danger to those at-risk groups. Now, health experts are acknowledging another factor may have put him in peril, Eric Stirgus and Ariel Hart report. He was African American.

5 p.m.: As of Friday afternoon, just three out of Georgia's 159 counties had no confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Jeremy Redmon has the story.

4 p.m.: 

The NCAA has formed a committee to study the logistics of a return for fall sports — namely, football. 
 “COVID-19 Playing and Practice Seasons Working Group” will “assist the membership with evaluating medical, operational, and potential rules challenges for upcoming seasons of training and competition.”

1 p.m.: With much of the economy shut down and far fewer riders amid the coronavirus pandemic, MARTA faces a major budget crunch that could lead to service cuts, layoffs and delayed expansion plans in the months ahead, David Wickert reports.

1 p.m.: The CDC recommends everyone age 2 and older wear a cloth face covering when in public. Why experts say babies should not wear a face mask.


Known coronavirus cases in Georgia have surpassed 11,000, Chelsea Prince reports, as the state’s death toll continues to climb. 
There are now 11,483 confirmed cases and 416 deaths related to the new coronavirus. Deaths have more than doubled in just one week.

7:30 a.m.: The Braves' Freddie Freeman and Cole Hamels expressed hope the season could extend later in the year than usual to allow fans to return to ballparks for as many games as possible. Tim Tucker shares more from a joint interview with the players.

7:30 a.m.: CBS46 evening anchor Rick Folbaum has been back working full time after a two-week bout with the novel coronavirus. Rodney Ho chatted with him about what it was like to battle the disease.

6 a.m.: Over the past two weeks, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has heard from dozens of Georgians who feel they are working in unsafe environments. Ernie Suggs shares their stories.

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