Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: Georgia’s toll at 176, including 11-year-old boy

Georgia recorded 15 more coronavirus deaths since noon Wednesday.

State’s total rises to 5,444 less than 24 hours ahead of lockdown
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8:30 p.m.: An 11-year-old DeKalb County boy died Thursday from the coronavirus, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Alexis Stevens reports he is the youngest from Georgia to die from the virus.

8 p.m.: Georgia's 10.6 million residents will soon be under a ntatewide shelter-in-place order to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Greg Bluestein tells you what that means.

7:30 p.m.: 

Georgia recorded 13 more coronavirus deaths since noon, bringing the state’s death toll to 176, Chelsea Prince and Zachary Hansen report.
The DPH also confirmed 96 more cases of COVID-19, which brings the state’s total to 5,444. Of those, 1,129 patients are hospitalized, which is about 20.7% of all cases.

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4:45 p.m.: In the fight against COVID-19, some experts are hoping the heat and humidity that draw complaints from locals may prove beneficial. Nedra Rhone talked to experts about whether the rise in temperature will help fight the virus.

Noon: 

Georgia’s coronavirus cases surpassed 5,000, Chelsea Prince reports
The latest data from the Georgia Department of Public Health shows 5,348 confirmed cases, up about 13% from 4,748 cases Wednesday night. Nine more Georgians have died as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the state’s total to 163.

11:30 a.m.: Dougherty County Probate Judge Nancy Stephenson died late Wednesday, according to a post on the Council of Probate Court Judges of Georgia Facebook page. The post revealed the Albany woman died from complications related to COVID-19, Stephanie Toone reports.

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9 a.m.: Local doctors, paint stores, ham provisioners, optometrists, food deliverers, gas stations and others are scrambling for increasingly innovative ways to make their interactions with the public as touchless and distant as possible to avoid spreading the new coronavirus. Matt Kempner tells you what they're doing.

6 a.m.: Georgia Power's parent company is warning investors that the coronavirus pandemic could disrupt its nuclear power expansion at Plant Vogtle, a project that already is far behind schedule. Matt Kempner explains what that means.

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