Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: Worker at Anheuser-Busch tests positive

COVID-19 cases in Georgia at 146

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This blog will be updated throughout Tuesday, March 17, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.

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2 p.m.: 

The Cobb County School District will open 29 sites to the public to distribute food to families in need, Kristal Dixon reports

MUST Ministries will operate the sites, which are housed at its existing Neighborhood Pantry locations in the school district. The sites will begin operating Wednesday.

1:30 p.m.: 

An employee at the Anheuser-Busch plant in Cartersville has tested positive for coronavirus, according to an Anheuser-Busch spokesperson. 
The Georgia beer plant has not closed operations after learning of the employee’s diagnosis of COVID-19, Stephanie Toone reports.

1:15 p.m.: 

An image has circulated on social media claiming you can conduct a breath test on yourself to see if you have the coronavirus. 
But, Kiersten Willis reports, experts say this is not a credible method of knowing whether you have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.

12:45 p.m.: 

Last week, gyms throughout metro Atlanta said they would stay open for the time being, with additional cleaning practices and added precautions amid the coronavirus outbreak. 
However, as government and health care officials call on people to stay home at all possible times, most fitness facilities have now decided to close. Courtney Kueppers has the update.

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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is donating $100,000 to Atlanta-based organizations to help with relief during the coronavirus outbreak, Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter reports.
Ryan’s donation will be equally distributed to two charitable organizations: Atlanta Community Food Bank, which provides foods to the needy, and Giving Kitchen, which offers emergency assistance to food service workers.

11 a.m.: Georgia's public health commissioner said Tuesday the state is seeking out respirators, ventilators and other medical equipment to try and contain the coronavirus outbreak, Tamar Hallerman reports. Dr. Kathleen Toomey said some of Georgia's hardest-hit communities are experiencing equipment shortages

10:15 a.m.: 

Gwinnett County has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus epidemic, Arielle Kass reports
Charlotte Nash, the chairman of the board of commissioners, signed the declaration to activate emergency powers in the county.

9:35 a.m.: Nine doctors are sick with COVID-19, the diseased caused by the new coronavirus, Atlanta-based CNN anchor Dr. Sanjay Gupta said on air. Ariel Hart reports that Gupta was quoting in part from emails he exchanged with Dr. Carlos del Rio, chairman of the global health department at Emory University and the dean overseeing physicians at Grady Memorial Hospital.

9:30 a.m.: Airport blogger Kelly Yamanouchi reports some TSA checkpoints at Hartsfield-Jackson have closed. According to TSA, there are more "call-outs" by officers who are not reporting to work this morning after they learned yesterday that one of their colleagues tested positive for the coronavirus.

8:30 a.m.: 

Like many firms in Atlanta and elsewhere, marketing firm Trevelino/Keller employees are mostly working from home these days to quell spread of coronavirus.
The sudden shift in practice created a goodwill opportunity, Sarah Kallis and Courtney Kueppers report. An empty office has left the firm with a supply of toilet paper, which founders decided to give away.

8 a.m.: On Tuesday, Clayton and Fayette communities will distribute food to families in their area for a second day Leon Stafford reports, while Henry County will begin handing out meals Wednesday. Click here for times and locations.

6:30 a.m.: Three of Georgia's largest hospital systems urge people not to come to hospitals to be tested if they have mild or moderate symptoms, J. Scott Trubey reports. "The majority of patients can safely recover at home with self-isolation and symptomatic treatment," they said in a joint statement.

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  • Georgia reports its first senior care coronavirus case. Brad Schrade reports three residents and an employee have tested positie for the coronavirus.
  • Sports, schools, large gatherings. It's time to add another thing to the list of things the coronavirus has taken away: strip clubs. Ben Brasch reports multiple strip clubs in metro Atlanta announced Monday they are closing over fear of spreading COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

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