LAST REVIEWED SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 7:03 P.M. EST
Metro Atlanta, and all of Georgia, remain under a Public Health State of Emergency through Oct. 10, 2020. Residents are encouraged to remain home, but if they go out in public they should wear masks.
Number of cases
The state is currently reporting 302,737 cases and 6,537 deaths. The 7-day average of cases is 1745. Georgia has conducted over 2.7 million COVID-19 tests with a 10.2% positive rate. The rolling 7-day average is 8.5% positive.
The governor’s latest order allows counties and states to allow mask mandates 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 required 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 asked that no one have gatherings of 10 or more people on city property and rolled back voluntarily reopening to Phase 1.
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. The Atlanta Falcons say there will be about 10,000 seats available to home games once they decide to allow fans.
According to GEMA, 46.5% of ER beds are in use across Georgia. There were 149 COVID-19 hospitalizations today. Across Georgia, 81.7% of critical care beds are in use and 79.9% of general inpatient beds are available in hospitals. There are 972 adult ventilators in use, about 32% of the state’s inventory. State virus tracking numbers are available daily at 3 p.m.
Many school districts are returning virtually for the start of the school year, while others have chosen to let families choose between in-person instruction and virtual learning. For a county-by-county list of when and how schools are returning, click here.
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. Unemployment resources are available here.
MARTA is taking extra precautions to protect riders and requiring masks. They are regularly cleaning buses, rail, vans and all stations. MARTA has made a variety of service changes and reductions due to COVID-19. 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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