Health officials said Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, that the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the state. Twelve cases of the deadly virus have been reported nationwide.

Number of coronavirus cases in Georgia climbs to 42

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Georgia has climbed to 42, the Department of Public Health said early Friday. 

Cobb and Fulton counties each have eight confirmed cases, according to state officials. New cases of the virus have been reported in Bartow, Cherokee, Coweta, DeKalb, Fayette, Fulton and Gordon counties. 

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On Thursday, a patient at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital was Georgia’s first death to the virus. The 67-year-old man was diagnosed with the coronavirus over the weekend. 

The spread of the virus has led to numerous cancellations and closures across Georgia. Metro area school districts and state colleges and universities are turning to online classes. The state legislature suspended its session Thursday. 

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