Category: Coronavirus

Sept. 18 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 159 more diagnoses; 14-day trend declines

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 159 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Sept. 15 and Sept. 18 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 declined in both cities, but varied among local ZIP codes. As of Sept. 18, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 11,260 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 11,132 on Sept. 15. Sandy Springs had 2,319 diagnoses, up from 2,288. Atlanta remains the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at 42.2% of the...

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Brookhaven and Dunwoody’s ZIP code COVID-19 diagnoses surpass 1,300 cases

COVID-19 diagnoses in the areas of Brookhaven and Dunwoody within the cities’ main ZIP codes have surpassed 1,300 cases, according to a DeKalb County Board of Health case tracker. The local ZIP code diagnoses are at 1,315 as of the county’s Sept. 13 report, compared to 1,292 as of the last report on Sept. 8. As of Sept. 13, Dunwoody’s main 30338 and 30346 ZIP codes had about 542 cases, which is up 11 cases since Sept. 8. Brookhaven’t main 30319 ZIP code had about 773, which is up 12 cases since Sept. 8. The county does not track...

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Atlanta mayor urges Census completion, discusses police morale and pandemic reopening

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a Sept. 16 press conference urged quick completion of U.S. Census forms, discussed police morale and a possible new police chief, and said special events permits might be allowed in October if COVID-19 cases trend downward. U.S. Census Bottoms encouraged residents to quickly complete the 2020 Census after President Donald Trump ordered early collection of the data – a move that has prompted a lawsuit from cities and civil rights groups. “The Trump administration shaved off an entire month of time,” Bottoms said in the virtual press conference. “The deadline was originally Oct....

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Sept. 15 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 186 more diagnoses; 14-day trend varies

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 186 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Sept. 11 and Sept. 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 varied, with the rate going slightly down in Atlanta, up in Sandy Springs, and varying among local ZIP codes. As of Sept. 15, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 11,132 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 10,988 on Sept. 11. Sandy Springs had 2,288 diagnoses, up from 2,246. Atlanta remains the number one city in...

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Gov. Kemp extends pandemic safety rules through Sept. 30

Gov. Brian Kemp has extended the state pandemic safety rules through Sept. 30. The order, signed Sept. 15, extends such provisions as requiring social distancing; banning gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is six feet between each person; various specific rules for restaurants, salons and other businesses; mandatory requiring sheltering in place for those in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile. The order continues to allow local governments to mandate mask-wearing when COVID-19 cases are at a threshold of 100 per 100,000 people over a 14-day period. The order also allows some types of visitation to...

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Sandy Springs company ordered to pay back wages over coronavirus sick leave

A Sandy Springs company had to pay back wages to an employee who was denied paid sick leave despite receiving a healthcare professional’s instructions to self-quarantine because of COVID-19 concerns. The U.S. Department of Labor said in a press release on Sept. 15 that Risk & Insurance Consultants Inc. of Glenridge Drive paid the employee $1,599 in back wages. The U.S. DOL’s Wage and Hour Division determined the company’s actions violated the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Act. When told of its obligations under the law, Risk & Insurance Consultants paid the back...

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Cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs team on promoting lunchtime restaurant business in pandemic

The cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have combined forces on “Let’s Do Lunch,” a marketing campaign intended to boost local restaurants struggling in the pandemic economy — especially those hit by the loss of lunchtime business as people work remotely. The neighboring cities were working with their convention and visitors bureaus on similar marketing campaigns and decided to join forces. The Perimeter Center area includes parts of both cities. “In the Perimeter market in particular, many people don’t know where Dunwoody ends and Sandy Springs begins,” said Dunwoody spokesperson Jennifer Boettcher. “There are great restaurants in both cities,...

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DeKalb Schools anticipate hybrid reopening by Oct. 5 if COVID-19 cases trend downward

If the COVID-19 cases in DeKalb County continue declining, DeKalb County School District officials anticipate starting the phased reopening of schools by Oct. 5. But some Board of Education members are skeptical. Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris and the DCSD COVID-19 Task Force presented a tentative schedule and plan to start phasing back into face-to-face learning during a Sept. 14 DeKalb County Board of Education meeting. “I’m just a ball of anxiety, to be honest with you,” said board member Vickie Turner, who thought it was too soon to reintroduce students and staff into schools. “I don’t want to lose any...

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Local hospitals’ COVID-19 teamwork a highlight of upcoming conference

From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders of local health care systems have been holding conference calls daily to share information about the challenges they face. Operations officers of heavyweight hospital systems Piedmont, Emory, Wellstar, Grady, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Northeast Georgia have used these sessions to talk over issues like surges in cases and shortages of supplies. CEOs also have been heavily involved, and have worked together to write opinion pieces about the pandemic. These leaders have shared best medical practices and worked to create common messaging to an uncertain public. Communication on when to stop...

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Sept. 11 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 50 more diagnoses; 14-day trend varies

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 50 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Sept. 9 and Sept. 11 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 varied, with the rate going slightly down in Atlanta, up in Sandy Springs, and varying among local ZIP codes. As of Sept. 11, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 10,988 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 10,947 on Sept. 9. Sandy Springs had 2,246 diagnoses, up from 2,237. Atlanta remains the number one city in...

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Atlanta moves to ‘phase two’ pandemic reopening guidelines, where small gatherings are OK

Atlanta is moving to “phase two” of its pandemic reopening guidelines, a move that in practice changes very little beyond a nonbinding recommendation that small gatherings are now OK. The city’s five-phase reopening system is based on data about COVID-19’s spread. Phase one is the most restrictive, and phase two has the exact same guidelines except for permitting private gatherings of up to 10 people with social distancing. Separately, the city’s mask-wearing mandate remains in effect. Key guidelines that apply to the public are already widely ignored under Gov. Brain Kemp’s looser emergency orders, including limiting travel to essential...

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Brookhaven and Dunwoody’s ZIP code COVID-19 diagnoses continue to rise

COVID-19 diagnoses in the areas of Brookhaven and Dunwoody within the cities’ main ZIP codes have risen 17 cases, according to a DeKalb County Board of Health case tracker. The local ZIP code diagnoses are at 1,292 as of the county’s Sept. 8 report, as compared to 1,275 as of the previous report on Sept. 6. As of Sept. 8, Dunwoody’s main 30338 and 30346 ZIP codes had about 531 cases, which is up nine cases since Sept. 6. Brookhaven’t main 30319 ZIP code had about 761, which is up eight cases since Sept. 6. The county does not...

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