How the coronavirus pandemic is impacting life in Georgia

April 3, 2020 DeKalb County: Sam's Club workers sanitized shopping carts as customers lined up over the length of a football field at Sam’s Club located at 2901 Clairmont Rd in DeKalb County on Friday, April3, 2020. Chamblee police had an officer on site to monitor the crowd which was being let into the store in lower numbers to retain social distancing. The novel coronavirus is maintaining a firm grip on Georgia as state health officials on Friday reported 387 new cases and a growing death toll. The latest data from the Georgia Department of Public Health shows 5,831 confirmed cases, an increase of about 7% from the 5,444 cases reported Thursday night.  Eight more Georgians have died as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, bringing the state’s total to 184. The youngest victim in Georgia was an 11-year-old DeKalb County boy with an underlying health condition, according to officials. Since Thursday night, commercial and state laboratories have conducted 2,308 new tests. Of those who have tested positive since the beginning of the outbreak, 1,158 are in hospitals, according to the health department.  Those numbers are predicted to grow even further in coming weeks as plans are put into place to increase daily testing capacity. Scientific projections suggest the state will see thousands of new cases and hundreds of additional deaths before the virus is contained, AJC.com previously reported.  Growing concerns about the worsening COVID-19 outbreak prompted Gov. Brian Kemp to issue a statewide stay-at-home order. The executive order will go into effect at 6 p.m. Friday and will last through at least April 13. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM
April 3, 2020 DeKalb County: Sam's Club workers sanitized shopping carts as customers lined up over the length of a football field at Sam’s Club located at 2901 Clairmont Rd in DeKalb County on Friday, April3, 2020. Chamblee police had an officer on site to monitor the crowd which was being let into the store in lower numbers to retain social distancing. The novel coronavirus is maintaining a firm grip on Georgia as state health officials on Friday reported 387 new cases and a growing death toll. The latest data from the Georgia Department of Public Health shows 5,831 confirmed cases, an increase of about 7% from the 5,444 cases reported Thursday night. Eight more Georgians have died as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, bringing the state’s total to 184. The youngest victim in Georgia was an 11-year-old DeKalb County boy with an underlying health condition, according to officials. Since Thursday night, commercial and state laboratories have conducted 2,308 new tests. Of those who have tested positive since the beginning of the outbreak, 1,158 are in hospitals, according to the health department. Those numbers are predicted to grow even further in coming weeks as plans are put into place to increase daily testing capacity. Scientific projections suggest the state will see thousands of new cases and hundreds of additional deaths before the virus is contained, AJC.com previously reported. Growing concerns about the worsening COVID-19 outbreak prompted Gov. Brian Kemp to issue a statewide stay-at-home order. The executive order will go into effect at 6 p.m. Friday and will last through at least April 13. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

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A new series from the Politically Georgia podcast explores how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting various areas of life in the state of Georgia. The episodes will be short updates from reporters in the AJC newsroom.

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Economy, jobs and housing

AJC economics reporter Michael Kanell discusses the changes to the economy, jobs and housing and how that affects Georgians.

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Inside jails and prisons 

In this episode, AJC public safety reporter Christian Boone shares what's been going on inside jails and prisons since the coronavirus outbreak hit Georgia.

 

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APS schools, graduations

In this episode, AJC education reporter Vanessa McCray shares how the Atlanta Public Schools system has changed since schools have closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The restaurant industry

In this episode of accessAtlanta, AJC dining editor Ligaya Figueras shares how the Metro Atlanta restaurant industry has changed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Atlanta’s music industry

In this episode, AJC music writer Melissa Ruggieri shares updates on the changes in Atlanta's music industry.

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Georgia’s 2020 elections 

Host Greg Bluestein speaks with AJC statehouse and elections reporter Mark Niesse about the changes to Georgia's 2020 election year.

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Food access

AJC features writer Rosalind Bentley has been covering the changes to grocery stores, farmers markets and food banks.

Read more from Rosalind Bentley.

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Public transportation

AJC transportation reporter David Wickert shares how the pandemic is impacting public transportation in metro Atlanta and the people who rely on MARTA and other services.

Read more from David Wickert.

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Sports

AJC sports writer and columnist Mark Bradley shares the changes that happened in the Atlanta sports world.

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