Category: Coronavirus

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital runs COVID-19 Recovery Clinic for long-term symptoms

While COVID-19 is an immediate threat to someone’s health, the coronavirus disease may also cause a wide variety of long-term effects about which little is known. Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in Buckhead is now home to a Pulmonary COVID-19 Recovery Clinic offering aid to patients who have recovered from the disease but are still experiencing lingering symptoms. “As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, we are starting to see a subgroup of patients we’re calling COVID long-haulers,” said Dr. Jermaine Jackson, director of the Piedmont Pulmonary COVID-19 Recovery Clinic, in a press release. “These are patients who have cleared...

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Jan. 15 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 852 more diagnoses; 14-day trend rises

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 852 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Jan. 12 and Jan. 15 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend rose in both cities and in all but one of the ZIP codes. As of Jan. 15, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 25,399 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 24,696 on Jan. 12. Sandy Springs had 6,116 diagnoses, up from 5,967. Atlanta remained the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at...

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Jan. 12 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 1,482 more diagnoses; 14-day trend rises

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 1,482 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Jan. 8 and Jan. 12 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend rose in both cities and in all but one of the ZIP codes. As of Jan. 12, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 24,696 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 23,547 on Jan. 6. Sandy Springs had 5,634 diagnoses, up from 5,634. Atlanta remained the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at...

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Brookhaven cancels Cherry Blossom Festival due to pandemic

The city of Brookhaven cancelled the annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival planned in April for a second year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival is a music and arts festival that had been scheduled for April 17-18 this year. The Cherry Blossom Festival 5K road race also fell victim to the cancellation, the city said in a news release. “When we cancelled last year’s Cherry Blossom Festival, it was our sincere hope that COVID-19 would be eradicated in time for a successful event this year,” said Mayor John Ernst. “As that is clearly not the...

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Atlanta Public Schools set to reopen in-person learning Jan. 25 despite COVID-19 surge

Despite a surge in COVID-19 cases, hospital bed shortages, controversy over the vaccine rollout, and concerns from parents and teachers, Atlanta Public Schools plans to restart in-person education on Jan. 25. Around 13,000 of the district’s 52,000 students are expected to return to schoolhouses at the end of the month, according to school officials, as in-person learning would be optional, with virtual learning still available. It will be the first time students have been in classrooms since last March. Pre-K, grades 1 and 2, and special education students across all grade levels will be back at their desks on...

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Special COVID-19 vaccination date set for Fulton Schools employees 65 and older

The more than 2,000 Fulton County Schools employees age 65 and older will have an opportunity to get COVID-19 vaccinations on Saturday. Fulton Superintendent Mike Looney told members of the Fulton County Board of Education during their Jan. 12 work session that the school district arranged with the Fulton County Board of Health for the vaccinations. “I’m pleased to announce that this Saturday, Jan. 16, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium there will be an exclusive opportunity for Fulton County School District employees that are age 65 or older to receive their first vaccine from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” Looney said....

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Gov. Kemp gives briefing on COVID-19 vaccine availability and State Capitol security

Gov. Brian Kemp and state Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey held a press briefing Jan. 12 at the State Capitol to address controversy surrounding the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. Kemp said local health departments and healthcare providers had been inundated with requests for the vaccine leading to unanswered phones and crashing websites. Toomey said a glitch in data sharing between the state and CDC and providers not entering vaccine data has meant an under-reporting of exactly how many people are getting inoculated. Kemp said over the last week that 102,183 doses of the vaccine had been administered, which...

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Jan. 8 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 665 more diagnoses; 14-day trend rises

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 665 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Jan. 6 and Jan. 8 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend rose in both cities and in all but one of the ZIP codes. As of Jan. 8, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 23,547 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 23,042 on Jan. 6. Sandy Springs had 5,634 diagnoses, up from 5,474. Atlanta remained the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at...

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DeKalb, Fulton to offer COVID-19 vaccinations for residents 65 and older

Residents of DeKalb and Fulton counties aged 65 and older may start receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as early as Jan. 11 as the two counties open up “Phase 1A+” of their vaccination plans. Vaccinations will be by appointment only. Those persons eligible groups in Phase 1A+, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, include: Healthcare workers. Residents and staff of long-term care facilities. Adults aged 65 and older and eligible caregivers. Law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders. Family members who do not fall into one of those eligible groups are not eligible for the vaccine at...

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Fulton County Schools pushes back in-person instruction until Jan. 19 due to COVID-19 surge

All students in Fulton County Schools will continue remote learning until Jan. 19 due to a surge in COVID-19 cases that impacted the school district’s ability to sufficiently operate schools. Remote instruction resumed on Jan. 6. FCS had planned for elementary students enrolled in face-to-face instruction to resume in-person classes on Jan. 11. Middle and high school students were slated to resume in-person instruction on Jan. 13. But after consulting with state and local public health officials the delay in offering face-to-face instruction was made, the school district announced in a press release.   Now the remote learning will...

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Jan. 6 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 2K more diagnoses; 14-day trend rises

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 2,000 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Dec. 29 and Jan. 6 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend rose in both cities and in all of the ZIP codes. As of Jan. 6, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 23,042 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 21,486 on Dec. 29. Sandy Springs had 5,474 diagnoses, up from 5,030. Atlanta remained the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at 43% of...

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COVID-19 variant virus, believed to be more contagious, is found in Georgia

Georgia has its first confirmed case of a new COVID-19 variant that is “significantly more contagious” than the virus that caused the pandemic, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The main COVID-19 virus is called SARS-CoV-2, and the variant virus is known as “B.1.1.7.” The person infected with the variant is an 18-year-old man with no travel history who is in isolation at home, according to a DPH press release. DPH did not respond to a question about the man’s county of residence. “The variant was discovered during analysis of a specimen sent by a pharmacy in...

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