Emory Healthcare operates 10 hospitals, including Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown, and numerous outpatient facilities across metro Atlanta.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Saturday declared a state public health emergency. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose Sunday to 99.
Schools across the region are closed and officials have urged residents to practice social distancing to help mitigate the spread of the virus, which so far has claimed the life of one Georgian.
In addition to freeing up practitioners and clinic space, the move by Emory will also allow protective equipment such as gloves, gowns and masks to be used elsewhere within the system.
Also on Sunday, Piedmont Healthcare, which operates 11 hospitals, said it would restrict visitors to no more than two per patient, and visitors would undergo health screenings to protect patients and employees.
Tents are set up behind Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. Photos: Jennifer Brett, email@example.com
In Marietta, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter observed that tents and a mobile medical unit were set up behind Kennestone Hospital.
Senior editor Jennifer Brett contributed to this report.