Latest coronavirus news: Georgia surpasses 20K cases of COVID-19

The DPH announced that 19 Georgians with COVID-19 died since noon, bringing the state’s toll to 818

Georgia may have turned the corner on the number of deaths attributed to the coronavirus, new projections suggest. But officials and health experts cautioned the state is not yet in the clear.

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This blog will be updated throughout Tuesday, April 21, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.

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7 p.m.: Since noon, Georgia surpassed 800 coronavirus-related deaths and 20,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Zachary Hansen reports.

noon: Officials announced nearly 800 Georgians have died of the coronavirus since the pandemic began. The newest data from the Georgia Department of Public Health shows 19,881 cases of the virus have been confirmed in the state, Chelsea Prince reported.

11:30 a.m.: Adrianne Murchison reports on the reaction of Sandy Springs residents to Gov. Brain Kemp's decision to begin reopening Georgia's economy.

10:15 a.m.: The AJC wants to hear from MARTA bus riders who have been affected by service cuts. Check here for details and email reporter David Wickert if you'd like to be quoted.

10 a.m.: In The Jolt, Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report Georgia mayors have been blindsided by Kemp's plans to let businesses reopen.

10 a.m.: Tim Darnell reports Savannah Mayor Van Johnson has blasted Kemp's decision to partially reopen the state's economy as "reckless."

9 a.m.: Bo Emerson reports about artists with the Atlanta Opera delivering "singing telegrams" to uplift heath care workers and shut-ins.

8 a.m.: Henri Hollis has the details on Atlanta's own Chef Virginia Willis and author Mary Kay Andrews presenting a Facebook Live cooking demonstration benefiting No Kid Hungry amid the coronavirus pandemic.

7 a.m.: Mark Niesse reports on a federal lawsuit asking for changes to Georgia's June 9 primary election because of the coronavirus pandemic.

6:30 a.m.: Homeless people in DeKalb have been moved from a hotel that borders a senior nursing home. J.D. Capelouto has the details.

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