CORONAVIRUS IN GEORGIA: Ponce City Market in Atlanta reopens for business

People are asked to follow social distancing

ATLANTA — Here’s a roundup of what’s happening so far today, May 22: (Click here for the previous day)

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  • The state’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is up to 41,482 and 1,808 deaths as of 1p.m. Friday. The Georgia Department of Public Health says it will update its website with new data at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Gov. Brian Kemp announced there has been a 40% drop in number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 since May 1. Only 887 Georgians remain in the hospital.
  • Ponce City Market reopened on Friday. Shoppers and diners are encouraged to social distance and wear masks when they can.
  • The Battery announced it will reopen two venues, Sports & Social Atlanta and The Tavern, for in-venue dining and outdoor live entertainment on May 28.
  • The city of Tucker will reopen both of its public pools on Saturday. Officials plan to implement new procedures intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. To visit Kelley Cofer Park pool or Smoke Rise Bath and Racquet Club, residents must register online for a specific 2 ½-hour period each day.
  • Vice President Mike Pence is visiting metro Atlanta to take part in a roundtable discussion with restaurant executives impacted by the coronavirus shutdown. We’ll have LIVE coverage of his visit.
  • The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States continued to climb past 1.5 million early Friday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A check of several school districts around metro Atlanta found plans largely up in the air.