Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: Georgia COVID-19 deaths at 1,697

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There are now 1,697 deaths from COVID-19 and 39,801 confirmed cases

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7:15 p.m.: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is keeping track of reported coronavirus deaths and cases across Georgia, as reported by the Department of Public Health. As of midday there are at least 1,697 deaths from COVID-19 and 39,801 confirmed cases.

7 p.m.: At least 15 children — from toddlers to teens — have fallen ill in Georgia with a mysterious condition that could have links to COVID-19, the AJC's Helena Oliviero and Ariel Hart have learned.

5:30 p.m.: As the coronavirus wreaks havoc on medical care networks and the larger economy, Wellstar Health System has furloughed 1,070 employees. Michael E. Kanell tells you why.

4:30 p.m.: Janet Jackson, Black Crowes and Lady Antebellum are among the postponed or canceled Atlanta concerts, Melissa Ruggieri reports.

1 p.m.: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is keeping track of reported coronavirus deaths and cases across Georgia, as reported by the Department of Public Health. As of midday there are at least 1,687 deaths from COVID-19 and 39,647 confirmed cases.

12:30 p.m.: Coronavirus infections in one east Georgia county's elections office are endangering its ability to run the primary, Mark Niesse reports.

12:30 p.m.: Ariel Hart reports on Hancock County, which now has the fourth highest number of cases per capita, with two-thirds of them in nursing homes.

7:15 a.m.: Transportation reporter David Wickert wants to hear from you: Will you return to MARTA?

7 a.m.: Teams of Georgia Tech and Emory students won $10,000 prizes at a hackathon geared toward finding solutions to problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Raisa Habersam reports.

6:30 a.m.: The data behind Georgia's count of COVID-19 cases and deaths is being gathered in the most suboptimal of scientific circumstances: real life. And, as a team of AJC reporters and data journalists have found, that imperfect data is being used to determine city leaders' decisions.

» Coronavirus in Georgia: stats in real time

» Tips to keep you safer as Georgia reopens during pandemic



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