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Coronavirus in Georgia: Real-time updates on March 29

Another 678 people were hospitalized according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

For the latest updates, here is the latest blog: https://www.11alive.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-georgia-atlanta-live-updates/85-2e9f65e8-2269-4166-8c06-7db5e09b1216

Below is an archive from March 29

At 11Alive News, our coverage of the coronavirus is rooted in Facts, not Fear. Visit the 11Alive coronavirus page for comprehensive coverage, find out what you need to know about Georgia specifically, learn more about the symptoms, and keep tabs on the cases around the world here. Have a question? Text it to us at 404-885-7600.

State and federal officials with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are continually monitoring the spread of the virus. They are also working hand-in-hand with the World Health Organization to track the spread around the world and to stop it.

We will continue to track the most important coronavirus elements relating to Georgia on this page. Refresh often for new information.

Key Facts: 

Sunday, March 29

2,683 confirmed cases, 83 deaths as of Sunday evening

Hours after the Sunday noon report on coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the numbers have crept up slightly. Cases have risen to 2,683 with 83 deaths - deaths being up three from the earlier report.

So far, 678 of those who test positive for coronavirus have been hospitalized - or about 25.27 percent of total cases.

Fulton County has the highest number of cases with 425, followed by DeKalb with 273 and Dougherty in south Georgia with 247. However, Dougherty currently leads in deaths with 17, followed by Fulton County with 12 and Cobb with nine.

Here is the breakdown of cases by county. The first number is the total number of cases confirmed for a specific county and the second is the number of deaths related to COVID-19.

Fulton    425    12

Dekalb    273    3

Dougherty    247    17

Cobb    228    9

Gwinnett    145    1

Bartow    119    1

Carroll    70    0

Cherokee    60    1

Clayton    59    1

Henry    56    2

Lee    43    6

Douglas    38    1

Clarke    35    2

Hall    33    0

Floyd    28    2

Forsyth    28    1

Fayette    27    3

Coweta    23    2

Paulding    23    0

Lowndes    20    1

Newton    18    0

Rockdale    18    1

Chatham    16    0

Early    16    1

Houston    15    1

Mitchell    15    0

Sumter    15    1

Bibb    14    0

Gordon    14    1

Tift    13    0

Columbia    12    0

Laurens    12    0

Richmond    12    0

Spalding    12    0

Oconee    11    0

Coffee    10    0

Polk    10    0

Terrell    10    2

Troup    10    1

Worth    10    1

Muscogee    9    0

Glynn    8    0

Whitfield    8    2

Bryan    7    0

Thomas    7    0

Barrow    6    1

Colquitt    6    0

Crisp    6    0

Peach    6    1

Butts    5    0

Meriwether    5    0

Pickens    5    1

Seminole    5    0

Upson    5    0

Ware    5    0

Burke    4    0

Dawson    4    0

Decatur    4    0

Effingham    4    0

Lumpkin    4    0

Miller    4    0

Walton    4    0

Calhoun    3    0

Catoosa    3    0

Fannin    3    0

Harris    3    0

Irwin    3    0

Liberty    3    0

Lincoln    3    0

Madison    3    0

Monroe    3    0

Murray    3    0

Pulaski    3    0

Randolph    3    0

Stephens    3    0

Baldwin    2    0

Ben Hill    2    0

Camden    2    0

Franklin    2    0

Haralson    2    0

Jackson    2    0

Jasper    2    0

Jones    2    0

Lamar    2    0

Pierce    2    0

Pike    2    0

Tattnall    2    0

Toombs    2    0

Turner    2    0

Twiggs    2    0

Washington    2    0

Bacon    1    0

Baker    1    1

Brooks    1    0

Bulloch    1    0

Candler    1    0

Charlton    1    0

Chattahoochee    1    0

Chattooga    1    0

Clinch    1    0

Dodge    1    0

Greene    1    0

Hart    1    0

Heard    1    1

Jenkins    1    0

Long    1    0

Macon    1    0

Mcduffie    1    0

Morgan    1    0

Taylor    1    0

Wheeler    1    0

White    1    0

Wilkes    1    0

Unknown    226    2

*Based on patient county of residence when known

DNR to enforce social distancing at state's parks, lakes

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams issued a joint statement on Sunday saying that while many Georgians are heeding the calls for social distancing and the mandatory shelter-in-place order for medically fragile individuals, others are not paying attention.

"However, as we deal with the effects of coronavirus with school and business closures, people are eager for a change in scenery after days at home. They are traveling to nearby counties, heading outdoors for fresh air, and maximizing family time," the statement said.

The Department of Natural Resources will enforce the executive order limiting large gatherings, using DNR officials patrolling the state's bodies of water and campgrounds.

"They are monitoring coves where people tend to congregate and, if necessary, using bullhorns to tell people to comply with the order," according to the statement by Kemp and Williams. "Officials will approach people in violation of the order and demand compliance for the well-being of our citizens and state. Local officials are also working hard to ensure compliance with local directives, which vary by city and county across our state."

Kemp announces federal approval of major disaster declaration

Gov. Brian Kemp said on Sunday that President Trump has declared a major disaster for all 159 counties in the state of Georgia as a result of the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.

"Georgia is grateful for this designation, as it will enable the state to continue partnering with federal agencies in a coordinated fight against this pandemic,” Kemp said in a statement on Sunday. “The presidential declaration is a critical step in providing additional assistance to our state and local governments as they continue to respond to COVID-19.”

The declaration for federal emergency aid currently covers act taken to eliminate or lessen immediate threats to life, public health or safety.

This also allows federal agencies -- including FEMA -- to provide direct assistance to the state of Georgia.

RELATED: Kemp announces federal approval of major disaster declaration for Georgia

Motorists entering Florida on I-95, I-10 being pulled over, questioned by police

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has directed the Florida Dept. of Transportation to set up checkpoints at the Florida border to stop drivers coming from what he called coronavirus hotspots. 

All drivers, except for semi-trucks, have to pull into a weigh station. Workers from the Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Highway Patrol ask questions about where your trip started and where you are headed. 

The stops are set up on Interstate 10, entering from Alabama. A second stop is on I-95 entering the state from Georgia.

RELATED: Checkpoints set up entering Fla. from Ga. & Ala., in effort to limit spread of COVID-19

Amazon confirms worker at south Macon center tests positive for COVID-19

Amazon said on Sunday that at least one worker at its south Macon fulfillment center has tested positive for COVID-19.

The company says they have notified employees at the fulfillment center of this confirmed case, but did not give any more details about the person or which part of the center they worked. 

Amazon says they will ask employees who had close contact with the worker to not return to the building and quarantine for at least 14 days. They will be paid during this time. 

RELATED: Amazon confirms worker at south Macon center tested positive for COVID-19

2,651 confirmed cases, 80 deaths across Georgia

The number of deaths from coronavirus in the state of Georgia has gone up by one since Saturday evening, according to the Department of Public Health.

The state agency says there are 80 deaths across the state, up from 79 on Saturday evening. The death rate in Georgia is down slightly from Saturday evening, at 3.02 percent of the total number of cases.

The number of hospitalized in the state has gone up to 666 in the state, slightly more than 25 percent of the total number of cases of COVID-19.

There are a total of 2651 cases in the state, an increase of more than 200 cases across the state. Fulton County continues to have the most cases in the state, with 407. DeKalb County has 272, followed by Dougherty County with 239 cases, Cobb County with 222, Gwinnett County with 143 cases and Bartow County with 119 cases.

County-by-county coronavirus case breakdown

Fulton    407    
Dekalb    272  
Dougherty    239    
Cobb    222    
Gwinnett    143    
Bartow    119    
Carroll    64    
Clayton    59    
Cherokee    56    
Henry    55    
Lee    43    
Douglas    37    
Clarke    35    
Hall    32    
Floyd    27    
Fayette    26    
Forsyth    25    
Paulding    23    
Coweta    22    
Lowndes    20    
Rockdale    18    
Newton    17    
Early    16    
Chatham    15    
Houston    15    
Mitchell    15    
Sumter    15    
Gordon    14    
Bibb    13    
Tift    13    
Columbia    12    
Richmond    12    
Spalding    12    
Oconee    11    
Polk    10    
Terrell    10    
Worth    10    
Laurens    9    
Troup    9    
Coffee    8    
Glynn    8    
Muscogee    8    
Whitfield    8    
Barrow    7    
Bryan    7    
Thomas    7    
Colquitt    6    
Crisp    6    
Peach    6    
Butts    5    
Meriwether    5    
Pickens    5    
Upson    5    
Walton    5    
Ware    5    
Burke    4    
Decatur    4    
Effingham    4    
Lumpkin    4    
Miller    4    
Calhoun    3    
Catoosa    3    
Fannin    3    
Irwin    3    
Liberty    3    
Lincoln    3    
Madison    3    
Monroe    3    
Murray    3    
Pulaski    3    
Randolph    3    
Seminole    3    
Stephens    3    
Baldwin    2    
Ben Hill    2    
Camden    2    
Dawson    2    
Franklin    2    
Haralson    2    
Harris    2    
Jackson    2    
Jasper    2    
Jones    2    
Lamar    2    
Pierce    2    
Pike    2    
Tattnall    2    
Turner    2    
Twiggs    2    
Washington    2    
Bacon    1    
Baker    1    
Brooks    1    
Bulloch    1    
Candler    1    
Charlton    1    
Chattahoochee    1    
Chattooga    1    
Clinch    1    
Dodge    1    
Greene    1    
Hart    1    
Heard    1    
Jenkins    1    
Long    1    
Macon    1    
Mcduffie    1    
Morgan    1    
Taylor    1    
Toombs    1    
Wheeler    1    
White    1    
Wilkes    1    
Unknown    262    
*Based on patient county of residence when known

RELATED: Tracking COVID-19: Georgia Coronavirus Interactive map

Habersham Sheriff concerned about folks coming from 'hot spots in Atlanta'

In a Facebook post late Saturday, Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said he had received a lot of questions wondering if the county was under a curfew as a result of the coronavirus

Though the county is not under a curfew, the Habersham Board of Commissioners did issue a shelter-in-place order for residents. 

Terrell also talked about a "lot of motorcycles" and "folks pouring out of the hot spots in Atlanta" heading to the mountains and how they should stay away. 

"If they would stay down there and isolate and just get through this, this thing (the coronavirus) will start to flatten out and it'll go away," Terrell said.

RELATED: Habersham County Sheriff concerned about 'folks pouring out of the hot spots in Atlanta'

2,446 confirmed cases, 79 deaths

The number of deaths from coronavirus in Georgia has increased by 10 since the noon update from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The agency now confirms 79 deaths in the state - up from 69 at noon. Nine of those deaths were in Dougherty County - a south Georgia location hit extremely hard by the virus. It also has the highest number of deaths related to coronavirus of any in Georgia. The death rate from COVID-19 in Georgia overall now stands at 3.23 percent.

Cases also rose to 2,446 people confirmed to have the virus. The hospitalization rate sits at just under 27 percent - or about one in four people who test positive for COVID-19.

Fulton County still has the highest number of confirmed cases at 378 and the second-highest number of deaths. DeKalb follows with 247 cases, Dougherty with 224, Cobb with 185, Gwinnett with 131 and Bartow with 117.

County-by-county coronavirus case breakdown

Fulton    378
Dekalb    246
Dougherty    224
Cobb    185
Gwinnett    131
Bartow    117
Carroll    64
Clayton    57
Cherokee    54
Henry    50
Lee    39
Clarke    35
Douglas    35
Hall    31
Floyd    27
Fayette    26
Forsyth    22
Coweta    20
Lowndes    20
Paulding    20
Rockdale    17
Early    16
Chatham    15
Mitchell    15
Newton    15
Gordon    14
Bibb    13
Houston    13
Sumter    13
Tift    13
Columbia    12
Richmond    12
Spalding    11
Oconee    10
Polk    10
Terrell    10
Laurens    9
Troup    9
Muscogee    8
Worth    8
Barrow    7
Bryan    7
Coffee    7
Glynn    7
Thomas    7
Crisp    6
Peach    6
Whitfield    6
Butts    5
Colquitt    5
Pickens    5
Upson    5
Ware    5
Decatur    4
Effingham    4
Lumpkin    4
Miller    4
Burke    3
Calhoun    3
Catoosa    3
Fannin    3
Irwin    3
Liberty    3
Lincoln    3
Madison    3
Meriwether    3
Monroe    3
Pulaski    3
Randolph    3
Seminole    3
Stephens    3
Baldwin    2
Ben Hill    2
Camden    2
Dawson    2
Franklin    2
Haralson    2
Harris    2
Jackson    2
Jasper    2
Jones    2
Lamar    2
Murray    2
Pierce    2
Tattnall    2
Turner    2
Twiggs    2
Walton    2
Washington    2
Baker    1
Bulloch    1
Charlton    1
Chattahoochee    1
Chattooga    1
Clinch    1
Dodge    1
Greene    1
Hart    1
Heard    1
Jenkins    1
Long    1
Macon    1
Mcduffie    1
Morgan    1
Pike    1
Taylor    1
Toombs    1
Wheeler    1
White    1
Wilkes    1
Unknown    229
*Based on patient county of residence when known

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An archive of Saturday's coronavirus news can be found here.

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