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COVID-19: United States and Georgia at a Glance

Total cases in the United States: 15,219 Total deaths in the United States: 201 Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U. S. Virgin Islands) * Data gathered from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) * Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now…

Dental Practice now offering Free Teledental Services to Atlanta Metro Area amid COVID-19 pandemic

MARIETTA, GA: Dentistry at East Piedmont, a cosmetic dentistry practice and dental spa, is offering free online dental appointments for both patients and members of the community in efforts to promote social distancing without having to sacrifice oral health. These teledental appointments will take place via phone or video call, with either Dr. Ashish Patel or Dr. Dahlia Levine administering the consultation. Teledentistry allows people to receive dental advice from trusted professionals while in the safety of their own homes, preventing unnecessary physical contact in the wake of the Coronavirus.…

Fulton County Coordinating Multi-Agency COVID-19 Response

ATLANTA – One week ago two confirmed cases of COVID-19 were announced in Fulton County, and additional cases have since been identified. County leaders have closely monitored the impact of COVID-19 on residents, visitors, and employees. Fulton County is in daily contact with the Fulton County Board of Health and Georgia Department of Public Health as well as other key agencies. “Fulton County Government will continue to lead local COVID-19 response with our 15 cities, school systems, and state agencies. We do not have plans to close any facilities at…

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Issues Executive Order Declaring State of Emergency

ATLANTA – Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that public assemblages, events and gatherings of 50 or more persons be prohibited within the City and territorial limits of the City of Atlanta until March 31, 2020. “This is a serious and evolving health threat that warrants action,” said Mayor Bottoms. “As guidelines and recommendations are adjusted daily by our federal and state partners, we will assess and adjust our policies accordingly.” The Executive Order is just…

Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger Postpones the Presidential Preference Primary

ATLANTA, GA – In light of the public health emergency posed by COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, in-person voting presents increased risk to voters and poll workers. Governor Kemp has declared a public health emergency. President Trump has declared a national emergency, said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “Events are moving rapidly and my highest priority is protecting the health of our poll workers, their families, and the community at large.” Maintaining the integrity of the election depends on the talents of poll workers who are in the…

Georgia Governor Kemp Urges Calm, Announces Coronavirus Task Force Subcommittees

Atlanta, GA – This afternoon, Governor Brian P. Kemp held a press conference to provide an update on COVID-19. The Governor was joined by Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, Speaker David Ralston, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, Adjutant General Tom Carden, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John King, and Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force members. During the press conference, Governor Kemp addressed the following topics: Coordination with Georgia’s Schools Local school systems have already implemented some limited closures in specific areas to deal with…

Georgia Governor Kemp, Department of Public Health Report First Death from COVID-19 in Georgia

Atlanta, GA – Governor Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) are confirming the first death from COVID-19 in Georgia. The individual, a sixty-seven year old male, was hospitalized at WellStar Kennestone since testing positive for COVID-19 on March 7. In addition to being infected with coronavirus disease, this individual also had underlying medical conditions. “Marty, the girls, and I are praying for the family and loved ones of this individual during this incredibly difficult time,” said Governor Kemp. “I know the medical professionals on site did everything…

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Issues Administrative Order to Fund Coronavirus Pandemic Coordination Team

ATLANTA, GA — Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an Administrative Order directing the Chief Financial Officer to coordinate with the Chief Health Officer and Director of Emergency Preparedness to develop a financial framework to identify funds to implement the activities and needs of the Mayor’s Coronavirus Pandemic Coordination Team. “While facing the coronavirus health threat, this Order will ensure the City is in its best posture to conduct day-to-day operations without disruption,” said Mayor Bottoms. “This funding framework will be used to guarantee the City of Atlanta is positioned to…

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with the CDC, and state partners to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S., including Georgia. The goal is to quickly identify cases of COVID-19 and take the appropriate public health action to reduce its spread and protect the general public.  DPH already has a detailed pandemic flu plan that was developed in partnership with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the Georgia Department of Education and other state agencies, and will be adapted for a COVID-19 outbreak…

DPH Awaits CDC Confirmation of Positive COVID-19 Test

Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Awaits CDC Confirmation of Positive COVID-19 Test ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is awaiting confirmatory testing on a positive test for COVID-19 in a Georgia patient in Floyd County. The initial testing was completed by the Georgia Public Health Laboratory on March 5. Per testing protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the test results were sent to the CDC for confirmation. Testing at most state laboratories, including Georgia, is just underway; and due to previous…

Civil Rights Giant and Activist Clinton E. Warner, Jr., MD Succumbs at Age 87

Clinton E. Warner, Jr., MD Civil Rights Giant, Activist, Humanitarian, Physician, Author, Philosopher July 11, 1924 – June 30, 2012 Dr. Clinton E. Warner, Jr. was born on July 11, 1924 to educators Mr. Clinton Ellsworth Warner, Sr. and Mrs. Mabel Hubert Warner. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on the campus of Morehouse College in Graves Hall. He attended elementary school at the Training School at Arkansas State College in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He graduated from East Depot High School in LaGrange, Georgia in 1940. Always identifying with the…

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