CORONAVIRUS IN GEORGIA: What’s happening today -- March 25, 2020

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GEORGIA — Here’s a roundup of what’s happening so far today, March 25: (Click here for the previous day)

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  • There are now 1,387 confirmed coronavirus cases and 47 deaths in the state of Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health said 438 people have been hospitalized with the virus.
  • President Donald Trump and Senate leaders have reached an agreement on $2 trillion stimulus proposal. The Senate will vote on the plan later Wednesday.
  • Doraville is calling on residents to shelter in place immediately in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The mayor says the city council will meet Thursday to amend the current ordinance.
  • Another APD officer who works in the field tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the department’s total to two. Both officers who have tested positive are at home, recovering in isolation.
  • The department said it also has a small number of officers who are home, either sick and awaiting tests or diagnoses, or quarantined.
  • APD is in the process of distributing masks to our officers, so they are able to wear them when interacting with the public. Additionally, arrestees will be required to wear a mask when being transported to jail.
  • A staff member at the Metro Regional Youth Detention Center in DeKalb County has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee, who last reported to work on Monday, March 16, had a non-contact role with the youth population.
  • The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday that they are letting season ticket holders to defer their payment due on April 1 until July 1.
  • Despite criticism, Gov. Kemp is defending his decision to keep the state open for now. The governor explained his decision to Channel 2′s Richard Elliot.
  • DeKalb County Schools confirmed its first employee case of COVID-19. There is no exposure to students in this case, according to the district. “Per guidance from health officials, the identity of the employee must be kept confidential, but we can disclose that the employee did not work at a school," the district said.
  • Cobb County has declared a state of emergency and is ordering residents to shelter in place. The new restrictions go into place today at noon.
  • Other counties and cities have similar state of emergencies and curfews. We’ve put together a list for you here.
  • MARTA is making changes to its rail and bus service. MARTA is suspending all fare collection for buses and will move to a rail weekend schedule beginning Monday.
City of Atlanta preparing to shelter in place