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This blog will be updated throughout Tuesday, March 17, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.
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
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 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.
- 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.
MONDAY’S TOP STORIES
- University System of Ga. moves to online courses for rest of semester
- Kemp orders public K-12 schools, colleges in Georgia closed through end of March
- Atlanta Mayor limits public gatherings to 50 due to virus
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