Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

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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General Muir restaurant opens Sandy Springs location

The General Muir restaurant has made its awaited debut at City Springs. The modern American restaurant inspired by classic New York delis opened Jan. 13 in the Sandy Springs civic center. It rounds out a slate of restaurants planned for City Springs since its 2018 opening. The City Springs location is the second outpost for the General Muir. The original location operates in Emory Point, a shopping center off Clifton Road near Emory University. “The menus are the same, but I think we’re going to be selling a lot more bagels, pastrami and corned beef than at the other...

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Fulton County Schools plans to allow courses in Black and women’s studies

The Fulton County School System proposed allowing high schools to introduce courses in Black and women’s studies intended to address diversity and inclusion.  The classes, named “Introduction to African-American/Black Studies” and “Introduction to U.S Women’s Studies,” were discussed in a Jan. 12 Fulton Board of Education work session. Per policy, the proposal must be considered for a month. The courses will return to the board’s work session agenda on Feb. 9, Brian Noyes, FCS spokesperson said. If no changes or other issues arise, the board will put the proposal on its regular meeting on Feb. 18 for a vote....

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DeKalb and Fulton public libraries to close for MLK Day Jan. 18

The public libraries of DeKalb and Fulton counties will be closed Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. However, both systems will offer virtual programming that day. Both systems’ branch libraries remain closed to the public for the pandemic, but books and other materials have remained available for curbside pickup, which will resume Jan. 19. For more information about the DeKalb County Public Library services and programs, see its website here. For more information about the Fulton County Library System services and programs, see its website...

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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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Local cities on alert for political violence leading up to Inauguration Day

Officials in local cities are on alert for possible political violence leading up to Joe Biden’s presidential Inauguration Day Jan. 20. The concerns follow the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by President Trump supporters attempting to halt the certification of Biden’s winning Electoral College votes, and the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment of Trump on a charge of inciting the attack. The FBI, according to national media reports, has warned law enforcement agencies about possible protests or attacks by armed right-wing groups in every state capital this weekend and related dangers to any government facility. Some...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Jan. 22

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Abernathy Road closures Jan. 20-22, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., westbound between Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Ga. 400 closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Jan. 21-22, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Jan. 21-22, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to Hammond Drive closed. Ga. 400 lane closures Jan. 15-16, 9 p.m. to 5...

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MARTA track work to replace trains with shuttle buses at Buckhead stations Feb. 16-22

A MARTA rail replacement project will halt train service at Buckhead’s three stations and replace it with shuttle buses Feb. 16-22. The work will affect the Gold Line and Red Line service to the Buckhead, Lindbergh Center and Lenox stations. The work will begin Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. and end Feb. 22 at 4 a.m. The shuttle buses will run from the start of construction to end of service on Feb. 21 and will be free. A MARTA map of the shuttle services shows the buses will run between Lenox and Buckhead stations, and between Buckhead and Lindbergh...

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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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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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Springwood Connector opens to link Peachtree Dunwoody, Perimeter Center Parkway

Correction: A news release misidentified the private developer of The Bishop. The developer rebranded as RangeWater in January 2020. A new road called the Springwood Connector now links Perimeter Center Parkway NE with Peachtree Dunwoody Road just south of Hammond Drive. State Farm and RangeWater, a private developer, worked with Dunwoody and Sandy Springs to complete construction of the Springwood Connector, a news release from the city of Dunwoody said. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul and Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch were joined by State Farm representatives to cut the ribbon signifying the road’s opening on Jan. 12. State Farm...

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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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