Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: Toll rises to 211 after more deaths confirmed overnight Saturday

The number of confirmed cases in Georgia rose to 6,647

The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed an additional 223 cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 6,383.


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7:30 p.m.: J. Scott Trubey, J.D. Capelouto and Arielle Kass report on how congregations have adjusted church services in the era of the coronavirus.

7 p.m.: Asia Simone Burns reports that the Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed 95 more COVID-19 cases. The state's total is now 6,742 and the death toll has risen to 219.

6 p.m.: Ernie Suggs reports on the small, but meaningful funeral and procession for late civil rights icon Rev. Joseph Lowery amid the coronavirus pandemic.

6 p.m.: Christian Boone reports on an inmate at Metro Transitional Center who had been experiencing stomach discomfort. The woman's sickness has sent panic through the state transitional facility.

5:15 p.m.: Arielle Kass reports Norcross will suspend drive-through services at City Hall beginning Monday. It will last as long as Gov. Brian Kemp's statewide shelter-in-place order remains in effect.

4:45 p.m.: Steve Schaefer and Curtis Compton capture images of Sunday church services in metro Atlanta as residents remain socially distant.

3:40 p.m.: A second inmate at southwest Georgia's Lee State Prison has died of complications from COVID-19, which is the disease caused by the coronavirus, Christian Boone reports.

3 p.m.: Kemp and trade groups for Georgia's food industry, payments and retail sectors have issued sanitation advice to merchants and consumers, Scott Trubey reports.

2:30 p.m.: Small business owners have been offered webinars Monday and Tuesday from state officials and the University of Georgia. Matt Kempner has the details on how thousands of small business owners can understand how to get loans and federal stimulus help throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

1:45 p.m.: For those looking for ways to celebrate Easter virtually, Carolyn Desalu outlines creative ways to do so at home amid COVID-19.

12:30 p.m.: Democratic candidates for sheriff and district attorney in Gwinnett County plan to hold a virtual forum on Facebook Thursday after the coronavirus pandemic has halted typical campaigning. Arielle Kass has the details.

noon: The Georgia Department of Public Health reports there are now 6,647 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, Asia Simone Burns reports. The death toll has also risen to 211 after 3 more Georgians have died due to COVID-19.

11 a.m.: Once again, Kemp has expanded Georgia's coronavirus task force, Asia Simone Burns reports. There will now be a committee focused on community outreach.

8:30 a.m.: Stephen B. Morton captures images of what it's like on Tybee Island amid Kemp's statewide shelter-in-place order.

8 a.m: Concerns over Kemp's statewide shelter-in-place order begin after Georgia's beaches reopen. J.D. Capelouto and J. Scott Trubey have the details.

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