Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: Death toll may hit 1,000 this weekend

Georgia confirms 22,491 coronavirus cases, 899 deaths

Coronavirus Causes Damage to Organs Other Than the Lungs, Doctors Say. Doctors are finding significant damage in both the kidneys and hearts of patients who have contracted the coronavirus. I think it’s very possible that the virus attaches to the kidney cells and attacks them, Alan Kliger, Yale, via 'The Washington Post'. It does raise the very clear suspicion that at least a part of the acute kidney injury that we’re seeing is resulting from direct viral involvement of the kidney, Alan Kliger, Yale,

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This blog will be updated throughout Friday, April 24, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.

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6 p.m.: Some restaurants that had announced plans to open next week reversed their decision, including business partners Mychel "Snoop" Dillard and rapper 2 Chainz who own Escobar Restaurant and Tapas Lounge in Castleberry Hill. Food editor Ligaya Figueras has the story.

Noon: An additional 11 deaths have been reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health since Thursday, bringing the state's toll to 892. Chelsea Prince reports that, as of Friday, officials have confirmed 22,147 cases of COVID-19.

10:45 a.m.: Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen urged students to stay home, even as some hair salons, barbershops and other Georgia businesses reopen, Vanessa McCray reports.

9 a.m.: They needed a trim, and couldn't wait any longer. For the the first time in weeks, some Metro Atlanta hair salons and barbershops re-opened Friday. And the lines started early, Alexis Stevens reports.

8:45 a.m.: Area businesses and hospitals say they are wary of reopening Monday. Kristal Dixon talked to Marietta Square restaurants, and Yamil Berard reports on rural hospitals, which are strapped for cash.

6 a.m.: Lilburn's commercial core is a microcosm of how the coronavirus is pummeling Main Streets around the nation, threatening to flatten businesses and reverse years of downtown revitalization efforts. Matt Kempner tells their story.

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