Category: Coronavirus

Brookhaven mayor to negotiate $6.3M in CARES Act funding with DeKalb County

The Brookhaven City Council has unanimously approved a resolution allowing for Mayor John Ernst to negotiate an agreement with DeKalb County for $6.3 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds. The intergovernmental agreement is between DeKalb County and the 12 cities in the county and allows the county to distribute $32.5 million of its federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds among its cities. Brookhaven is set to receive $6.3 million from the agreement. During an Aug. 11 council meeting, city attorney Chris Balch said the agreement is “time-sensitive,” and the resolution allows the city to approve the...

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City of Dunwoody to get $5.6M in COVID-19 funds, but will cut budget 4%

The city of Dunwoody is set to receive $5.6 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds, but still plans to cut 4% from its current budget because of the pandemic. The city is set to vote on a $1 million decrease in the city’s general fund expenditures at the next council meeting on Aug. 24. City Finance Director Linda Nabers presented the proposed budget cuts at the Aug. 10 council meeting. The budget for the general fund was originally $25.6 million, according to the city’s 2020 budget, which matches the calendar year. About $5.6 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief,...

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Children’s Healthcare doctor to speak about COVID-19 in children in virtual event

The Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce plans to host a virtual “Conversation about COVID-19 in Children” on Aug. 18 with Dr. Matt Linam. Linam, a physician specializing in pediatric infectious disease at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, will speak on “Challenges and Solutions: Pandemic 2020 COVID-2019 from 11 to 11:45 a.m., the chamber announced in a news release. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Linam joined Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University as Associate Professor in 2017. He completed his internship and residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he...

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Atlanta Public Schools to hold virtual meetings on five reopening topics

Atlanta Public Schools will hold a series of virtual meetings to discuss five different topics as the district heads towards its virtual start of the school year on Aug. 24. The topics include high schools, early learning/kindergarten, Back-to-School Bash, ESOL and technology. The following is the list of meetings and topics. All meetings will be streamed on the APS Facebook page at facebook.com/AtlantaPublicSchools. Zoom and call-in information is in each listing. Thursday, Aug. 13, 5 p.m.: High Schools Fireside Chat Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94782473476  (A Spanish presentation will be available in the Zoom Room.) Call-in: US: +16465588656, 94782473476# Thursday, Aug. 13,...

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Brookhaven and Dunwoody’s ZIP code COVID-19 diagnoses surpass 950 cases

COVID-19 diagnoses in the areas of Brookhaven and Dunwoody within the cities’ main ZIP codes have surpassed 950 cases, according to a DeKalb County Board of Health case tracker. The local ZIP code diagnoses are at 973 as of the county’s Aug. 9 report, compared to 891 as of the last report on Aug. 4. As of Aug. 9, Dunwoody’s main 30338 and 30346 ZIP codes had about 386 cases, which is up 35 cases since Aug. 4. Brookhaven’t main 30319 ZIP code had about 587, which is up 47 cases since Aug. 4. The county does not track...

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Aug. 10 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 379 more diagnoses; 14-day trend is down

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 379 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Aug. 7 and Aug. 10 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 and in all local ZIP codes. As of Aug. 10, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 8,749 on Aug. 7. Sandy Springs had 1,756 diagnoses, up from 1,687. Atlanta remains the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at 44.3% of the total,...

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Aug. 7 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 404 more diagnoses; 14-day trend is down

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 404 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Aug. 5 and Aug. 7 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 and in all local ZIP codes. As of Aug. 7, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 8,749 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 8,391 on Aug. 5. Sandy Springs had 1,687 diagnoses, up from 1,641. Atlanta remains the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at 44.6% of the...

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Worth Knowing: TurningPoint helps breast cancer survivors with ‘support puzzle’ of pandemic era

One day in 2015, while riding in the car with her mother, eighth-grader Lauren Scalise overheard her mother Stephanie take a phone call. “She got this random phone call, and we pulled over so she could answer it,” said Lauren. “I was confused until she hung up the phone, looked me in the eyes and told me she had breast cancer.” The two sat by the side of the road in silence while processing what they had just learned, and then the tears flowed. “I couldn’t believe that my strong and resilient mom would be the one going through...

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Robin’s Nest: Finding our true selves in the pandemic

Faced with the COVID changes in our lives during these past months and how much time we have been left to our own without external distractions, many of us are learning a lot about ourselves. We might have discovered that we are extroverts who thrive on social interaction, or introverts who are recharged by solitude, or omniverts who are a sort of crossbreed of the two. I, for one, have realized that I am more of an “cawnfigovert,” which is to say, a person who is Content Alone When Nothing Fun Is Going On. Anyway, I liken this period...

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Mask-wearing mandate could save almost 500 lives in Fulton by Nov. 1, consultant says

A consultant with Fulton County public health and emergency management officials told Sandy Springs City Council members that almost 500 more people are likely to die from COVID-19 by Nov. 1 if a mask mandate is not enacted. Doug Schuster of EMSI, an incident management and emergency management services and solutions provider consulting with the county on the pandemic response, said during an Aug. 4 work session that with a universal mask mandate, the projected deaths would be 647. The most probable death total for Fulton County without a mandate is 1,133, he said. As of the meeting, the...

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Brookhaven and Dunwoody’s ZIP code COVID-19 diagnoses rise 25 cases

COVID-19 diagnoses in the areas of Brookhaven and Dunwoody within the cities’ main ZIP codes have risen 25 cases between the last two reports, according to a DeKalb County Board of Health case tracker. The local ZIP code diagnoses are at 891 as of the county’s Aug.4 report, as compared to 866 as of the last report on Aug. 2. As of Aug. 4, Dunwoody’s main 30338 and 30346 ZIP codes had about 351 cases, which is up 21 cases since Aug. 2. Brookhaven’t main 30319 ZIP code had 540 cases, which is up four cases since Aug. 2....

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Aug. 5 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 310 more diagnoses; 14-day trend is down

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 310 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Aug. 3 and Aug. 5 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 and in all but one of the local ZIP codes. As of Aug. 5, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 8,391 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 8,145 on Aug. 3. Sandy Springs had 1,641 diagnoses, up from 1,577. Atlanta remains the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses...

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