April 8, 2020 Atlanta: Medical workers at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center at 303 Parkway Dr NE in Atlanta walk outside the Emergency Room on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. While EMS agencies say they are doing their best to protect their crews, they say they are not getting resources provided to other health care providers to help respond to the crisis. As a result, concerns are rising to a fever pitch that so many medics will become sick or ordered into isolation that there won’t be enough left to respond to emergency calls. In Georgia, two dozen state EMS workers have been quarantined just since Tuesday. In the past few weeks, some ambulance providers say that dozens of medics have been quarantined but only a handful have tested positive for the disease, including some in south Fulton. But other paramedics who contacted the AJC said they had also contracted the infection but did not want to be identified for fear of losing their jobs. Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday he would extend Georgia’s public health emergency through May 13, granting him more time to use extraordinary powers to suspend laws and impose other restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The extension prolongs the governor’s authority to take “direct” control of civil staffers, restrict travel, limit public gatherings and institute a range of other measures to combat the disease. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM
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What are you doing to honor healthcare workers?

Each night, rounds of applause echo throughout Midtown Atlanta.

The cheers, neighbors hope, will reach the doctors, nurses and others who remain on the front lines, battling the global pandemic.

It’s a touching tribute – likely one of many unfolding across Metro Atlanta.

What are you doing in your neighborhood to honor healthcare workers?

Perhaps you’d like to learn more about Midtown’s tribute so that you and your neighbors can do the same.

We’d like to hear from you.

Please share your story by contacting Mark A. Waligore, our senior director and managing editor, at mark.waligore@ajc.com

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