LAST REVIEWED July 10, 2020 3:10 P.M. EST
Metro Atlanta, and all of Georgia, remain under a Public Health State of Emergency through August 11, 2020. Residents are encouraged to remain home, but if they go out in public they should wear masks. Georgia’s percentage of positive cases has been on the rise in recent weeks. Both the hospitalization and death rate have been declining.
Number of cases
The state is currently reporting 111,211 cases and 2,965 deaths. That’s an increase of 4,484 new cases and 35 deaths since Wednesday. That’s the largest single-day increase since coronavirus hit Georgia back in March. On Tuesday, Georgia became the 9th state to hit 100,000 COVID-19 cases. Georgia has conducted more than a million COVID-19 tests.
Several cities are now requiring people to wear face masks in public. Residents who are over 65 years old are no longer ordered to shelter in place unless they live in a nursing home or long care facility or are medically fragile. Georgians are now asked to quarantine two weeks if travelling to NY, NJ, CT and Chicago.
Business and facilities
There is no longer a party maximum for groups at restaurants. Bars can now have up to fifty people or 35% of listed fire capacity. Salad bars and buffets can reopen with cafeteria style service. Atlanta’s mayor has banned gatherings of 10 or more people on city property.
Conventions are allowed as of July 1 if they meet 21 state requirements. Live performance venues could also open on July 1 if the business complies with state criteria. Music Midtown is the most recent large event to postpone.
According to GEMA, 55% of ER beds are in use across Georgia. Seventeen percent of critical care beds are available and 17% of general inpatient beds are available in hospitals across the state. There are 983 adult ventilators in use, about 35% of the state’s inventory. State virus tracking numbers are available daily at 3 p.m.
Individual school districts are working to determine if they will return to class in August. Cobb County will let parents decide if their kids return. Gwinnett has a similar plan. Clayton County schools will return on an alternating schedule of face-to-face instruction and virtual learning. Many districts are now requiring masks.
How to help
How to get help
The Atlanta Community Food Bank is working to help families in need. They have a map of places you can visit to get help. We’ve also assembled a long list of local companies who are currently hiring. There are also unemployment resources available
MARTA is taking extra precautions to protect riders. They are regularly cleaning buses, rail, vans and all stations. MARTA has made a variety of service changes and reductions due to COVID-19 with a recent expansion of bus service as of June 15. Gwinnett Transit workers are rallying for a no mask. no ride policy.
The Georgia Department of Health has a large number of COVID-19 testing sites. Testing is available to all residents at this time.
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