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Coronavirus in Georgia on April 22

There are more than 21,000 cases in the state.

ATLANTA — Here is the latest coronavirus blog for April 23.

Below is an archive 

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The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. As of 7 p.m., there are 21,102 confirmed cases of the virus and 846 deaths reported. Scroll to read more.

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.

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Tours of the Governor's mansion will not resume after shelter-in-place order

The office of Gov. Brian Kemp said tours at the mansion will not resume once the shelter-in-place order is lifted. 

“Tours at the Governor’s Mansion are postponed. We appreciate everyone’s understanding,”  they said when reached out by 11Alive. 

We were told that it would be June before the tours take place again. 

LA Fitness won't reopen until May 1

Despite the governor giving gyms the green light to open on Friday, LA Fitness said they will not open in Georgia until May 1. When they do, it'll come with restrictions.

They said they will initially limit building occupancy to one person for every 200 square feet and move equipment to create safe social distancing. They also said they will will staff scheduled during all hours of operation to disinfect frequently used areas.

Dept. of Health releases latest numbers

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. As of Noon, there are 21,102 confirmed cases of the virus and 846 deaths reported. This is up from the 20,740 confirmed cases and 836 deaths that they announced on Monday evening.

Of the 21,102 confirmed cases, 2255 are in Fulton, 1609 are in DeKalb, 1479 are in Dougherty, 1272 are in Cobb and 1273 are in Gwinnett. For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

They said 4018 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19.

COUNTY - CASES - DEATHS

Fulton    2255    85

Dekalb    1609    31

Dougherty    1479    106

Gwinnett    1273    46

Cobb    1272    63

Hall    907    9

Clayton    549    21

Henry    386    10

Sumter    341    20

Cherokee    340    10

Richmond    313    13

Carroll    304    11

Lee    294    17

Mitchell    280    23

Bartow    259    27

Douglas    259    8

Muscogee    244    4

Forsyth    227    8

Bibb    224    4

Chatham    193    7

Houston    190    13

Upson    185    12

Early    184    12

Coweta    168    4

Terrell    159    18

Colquitt    158    6

Baldwin    155    4

Randolph    148    17

Thomas    148    14

Fayette    146    8

Newton    146    5

Paulding    145    7

Rockdale    144    6

Worth    142    9

Spalding    136    8

Crisp    130    2

Habersham    130    3

Floyd    128    8

Butts    125    1

Columbia    124    2

Lowndes    122    4

Clarke    118    13

Troup    109    4

Barrow    103    3

Ware    95    7

Tift    93    3

Coffee    84    4

Calhoun    76    3

Dooly    74    6

Walton    73    3

Gordon    70    8

Jackson    63    1

Macon    59    2

Turner    59    5

Walker    59    0

Burke    53    3

Oconee    53    0

Whitfield    53    4

Glynn    51    0

Pierce    51    2

Wilcox    51    6

Decatur    50    1

Greene    50    1

Dawson    49    1

Harris    49    2

Meriwether    48    0

Appling    47    2

Catoosa    45    0

Laurens    44    1

Stephens    42    1

Grady    40    2

Bryan    37    2

Johnson    37    1

Mcduffie    37    4

Brooks    36    6

Polk    36    0

Peach    35    2

Pike    35    2

Liberty    34    0

Oglethorpe    34    3

Bulloch    33    2

Marion    33    1

White    33    0

Effingham    30    1

Lamar    28    0

Washington    28    1

Camden    27    0

Putnam    27    2

Seminole    27    2

Lumpkin    26    0

Haralson    25    1

Miller    24    0

Morgan    23    0

Jones    22    0

Wilkinson    22    2

Dodge    21    0

Talbot    21    1

Toombs    21    3

Wilkes    21    0

Bacon    20    1

Ben Hill    20    0

Brantley    20    2

Clay    20    2

Fannin    20    0

Gilmer    20    0

Murray    19    0

Towns    19    0

Baker    18    2

Jasper    18    0

Madison    18    1

Pickens    18    2

Stewart    18    0

Union    18    1

Pulaski    17    1

Telfair    17    0

Banks    16    0

Schley    16    1

Cook    15    1

Dade    15    1

Emanuel    15    0

Irwin    15    1

Monroe    15    1

Crawford    14    0

Jenkins    14    1

Screven    14    1

Franklin    13    0

Taylor    13    2

Chattooga    11    1

Hancock    11    0

Jefferson    11    1

Berrien    10    0

Elbert    10    0

Lincoln    10    0

Warren    10    0

Wayne    10    0

Rabun    9    0

Chattahoochee    8    0

Heard    8    1

Candler    7    0

Charlton    7    0

Clinch    7    0

Jeff Davis    7    1

Lanier    7    1

Webster    7    0

Hart    6    0

Tattnall    6    0

Twiggs    6    0

Atkinson    5    0

Bleckley    5    0

Echols    5    0

Evans    4    0

Mcintosh    4    0

Quitman    3    1

Wheeler    3    0

Long    2    0

Montgomery    2    0

Treutlen    2    0

Unknown    576    0

Non-Georgia Resident    1003    9

Cobb County opening some parks, trails

Cobb County will reopen trails and passive parks in the county on Saturday, government officials announced.

Passive parks are those without amenities like playgrounds, ballparks, soccer fields, or tennis centers. The passive parks allow for more social distancing under public health guidelines.

Based on public health guidance, those who use these facilities and trails will be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear masks, they said.

FULL LIST: Cobb County to reopen some parks, trails

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra canceling rest of season

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra says all remaining performances of its classical subscription season have been canceled. 

Those performances were set to run through June 14.

The orchestra had previously canceled its concerts through May 11. It says that, to date, it has lost more than $3 million in ticket revenue.

FULL STORY: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra canceling rest of season, loses nearly $3 million in revenue

Confirmed cases at 20,740 with 836 deaths

The Georgia Department of Health announced new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. As of Noon, there are 20,740 confirmed cases of the virus and 836 deaths reported. This is up from the 20,166 confirmed cases and 818 deaths that they announced on Tuesday evening.

Of the 20,740 confirmed cases, 2222 are in Fulton, 1587 are in DeKalb, 1468 are in Dougherty, 1259 are in Cobb and 1263 are in Gwinnett. In all, there are cases reported in 157 counties (667 cases are listed as unknown counties). There are 1002 cases listed as "non-Georgia residents." For a breakdown by county, view the 11Alive interactive map.

They said 3959 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Of the confirmed cases, 1 percent are between the ages of 0-17, while 62 percent are 18-59 years old, 34 percent are over 60 and 3 percent are unknown. 54 percent are female, and 44 percent are male.

In total, 88058 tests were conducted at commercial labs, reporting 19628 positive cases. At the Department of Public Health Laboratory, 6014 tests were conducted with 1112 positive results.

COUNTY - CASES - DEATHS

Fulton    2222    84
Dekalb    1587    30
Dougherty    1468    107
Gwinnett    1263    46
Cobb    1259    61
Hall    778    9
Clayton    548    21
Henry    388    10
Sumter    341    20
Cherokee    331    10
Carroll    311    11
Richmond    309    13
Lee    292    17
Mitchell    278    23
Bartow    258    27
Douglas    253    8
Muscogee    237    4
Forsyth    223    8
Bibb    217    4
Chatham    193    6
Houston    188    13
Upson    186    12
Early    176    12
Coweta    168    4
Terrell    159    18
Colquitt    157    6
Randolph    147    17
Fayette    145    8
Newton    144    4
Paulding    144    7
Thomas    144    14
Rockdale    143    6
Baldwin    142    4
Worth    141    9
Spalding    139    8
Crisp    128    2
Floyd    127    8
Columbia    123    2
Habersham    119    2
Clarke    116    13
Lowndes    116    3
Troup    107    4
Barrow    101    3
Ware    95    7
Tift    91    3
Coffee    84    4
Butts    83    1
Calhoun    75    2
Dooly    73    6
Gordon    68    8
Walton    64    3
Jackson    63    1
Turner    59    5
Macon    57    2
Oconee    53    0
Burke    51    3
Pierce    51    2
Decatur    50    1
Glynn    49    0
Greene    49    1
Dawson    48    1
Harris    48    2
Meriwether    47    0
Whitfield    47    4
Appling    46    2
Wilcox    46    6
Laurens    43    1
Stephens    41    1
Bryan    38    2
Grady    38    2
Johnson    37    1
Mcduffie    37    4
Oglethorpe    37    3
Polk    36    0
Walker    36    0
Brooks    35    6
Peach    35    2
Pike    35    2
Liberty    34    0
Marion    33    1
Bulloch    32    2
White    32    0
Effingham    30    1
Catoosa    29    0
Lamar    28    0
Washington    28    1
Camden    27    0
Putnam    27    2
Lumpkin    26    0
Seminole    26    2
Haralson    25    1
Miller    23    0
Morgan    23    0
Jones    22    0
Talbot    22    1
Wilkinson    22    2
Dodge    21    0
Toombs    21    3
Wilkes    21    0
Bacon    20    1
Baker    20    2
Brantley    20    2
Clay    20    2
Ben Hill    19    0
Gilmer    19    0
Murray    19    0
Fannin    18    0
Jasper    18    0
Madison    18    1
Pickens    18    2
Telfair    18    0
Pulaski    17    1
Stewart    17    0
Banks    16    0
Schley    16    1
Emanuel    15    0
Irwin    15    0
Monroe    15    1
Towns    15    0
Union    15    1
Crawford    14    0
Jenkins    14    1
Screven    14    1
Cook    13    1
Dade    13    1
Franklin    13    0
Taylor    13    2
Jefferson    11    1
Berrien    10    0
Chattooga    10    1
Elbert    10    0
Hancock    10    0
Lincoln    10    0
Warren    10    0
Wayne    10    0
Heard    8    1
Rabun    8    0
Candler    7    0
Charlton    7    0
Chattahoochee    7    0
Clinch    7    0
Jeff Davis    7    1
Lanier    7    1
Webster    7    0
Hart    6    0
Atkinson    5    0
Bleckley    5    0
Echols    5    0
Tattnall    5    0
Evans    4    0
Mcintosh    4    0
Twiggs    4    0
Quitman    3    1
Wheeler    3    0
Long    2    0
Montgomery    2    0
Treutlen    2    0
Unknown    667    0
Non-Georgia Resident    1002    8

Kemp, Loeffler to hold town hall

Gov. Brian Kemp and Sen. Kelly Loeffler announced they will be holding a town hall this afternoon from 3:50 p.m.-4:50 p.m. Representatives for the senator said members of the public will be permitted to ask questions, though specific information for the conference call is not yet available. 

The Gathering Spot to stay closed

Ryan Wilson, the CEO and co-founder of the popular Atlanta private social club The Gathering Spot, says the club will remain closed despite the governor's order that such clubs will be allowed to reopen starting next Monday.

Calling the decision to reopen a "complete failure of leadership," Wilson said in a statement: "We’re not opening despite the order. We could technically open on April 27, but we’re not going to because it’s not safe to do so. The worst thing that could happen is we open our space up and someone gets sick or dies as a result of coming into contact with someone here. We just simply are not at the point where the data suggests that it’s a responsible move to make."

Piedmont Healthcare says current capacity manageable

Piedmont Healthcare says its system-wide patient load of those with COVID-19 has "declined slightly" recently and that "current capacity is manageable."

It provided this statement on current operations:

"Piedmont Healthcare continues to closely monitor the available capacity across our system. For the past few weeks, our number of confirmed positive cases of patients with COVID-19 has remained steady and has, more recently, declined slightly. Thus, our current capacity is manageable, thanks in part to the impact of social distancing and other precautionary measures as well as because of the expansion of two of our largest hospitals, which were made possible by generous gifts from philanthropic donors. While our caseload is not currently putting undue strain on our operations, we remain very watchful for any changes that could indicate a resurge."

Things to know this morning

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Experts say a lot of what we're doing now, will continue for the next year

Faith leaders react to Kemp's order to reopen Georgia

Despite clearance to reopen, many restaurants sticking to take-out, for now

Health experts worry COVID-19 cases could still rise, Georgia not prepared to reopen businesses