8 p.m.: A Newton County school system employee has tested positive for the coronavirus Alexis Stevens reports. The employee, whose name was not released, worked at the Newton County Theme School in Covington, which has students from kindergarten through eighth grade, according to the district.
7p.m.: More than 30 people quarantined at two sites in Georgia amid the coronavirus pandemic were released this weekend, state and federal officials said Sunday, a glimmer of good news as the tally of confirmed cases climb, Scott Trubey and Jeremy Redmon report. Thirty-two former passengers of the Grand Princess cruise ship — including 23 Georgians and nine from Oklahoma — have returned home from Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta.
he only coronavirus patient to be isolated at Georgia’s special quarantine site said state health officials were sending him home to Canton, the AJC’s Jeremy Redmon reports.
Joey Camp, a former Georgia National Guardsmen who cooked at a Waffle House in Canton before he became ill, said he no longer needed to be quarantined because he did not have a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport said operations there are normal as airlines and passengers navigate new travel restrictions enacted to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Scott Trubey reports.
Elise Durham, a spokeswoman for the world’s busiest airport, said in a brief email that “all operations are running smoothly.”
2:30 p.m.: As flights to Europe are canceled en masse, Delta Air Lines' customers are encountering problems trying to change their flights on the airline's website and are facing hourslong waits for customer service on the phone. Airport blogger Kelly Yamanouchi has Delta's response.
2:15 p.m.: Fulton County Schools took the initiative last week when it became the first Georgia school district to shut down in reaction to the spreading coronavirus, but, Ty Tagami reports, a new confirmed case in a high school illustrates the risk of relaxing too soon.
» A roundup of metro county services reduced or adapted for coronavirus control
Twenty-three Georgians and nine Oklahomans who were quarantined at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta amid the coronavirus pandemic returned home this weekend, Jeremy Redmon reports.
Eight other Georgians remain at Dobbins, though they were expected to return home Sunday.
Noon: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state of Georgia has increased to 99, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Asia Simone Burns reports. The latest data from the DHP shows the spike, which rose from 66 cases on Saturday.
10 a.m.: Asia Simone Burns reports Atlanta Gas Light and Georgia Power, who are both owned by Southern Co., said they will not terminate services for customers due to nonpayment amid COVID-19 concerns.
9:30 a.m.: Electric cooperative Jackson EMC announced Sunday its offices will be open only for drive-through services starting Monday, March 16. It also will suspend disconnections for nonpayment during the coronavirus pandemic. Jackson provides power in 10 counties, including Gwinnett, Hall and Athens-Clarke.
8 a.m.: Many Atlanta businesses and organizations are doing what they can to remain open or to prevent the spread of the coronavirus once they re-open. Andy Peters talked to businesses getting a thorough cleaning, and to the companies that will clean them.
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