Georgia: Latest updates on Coronavirus

Last updated March 26 at 7:37 pm ET

There are 1,643 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia and 56 deaths, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. This makes it 11th in the list of states for the most US coronavirus cases.

Kemp declared a public health state emergency for Georgia at a press conference on March 14. "Out of an abundance of caution, I have worked with the Georgia General Assembly to appropriate $100 million in emergency funding to address the spread of coronavirus in Georgia,” Kemp said. 

Georgia's first two cases of COVID-19 were residents of Fulton County who lived in the same household and one had just returned from Italy, according to a statement from the department on March 2. Both of them had mild symptoms and were isolated at home with other relatives. Since then, the state has had dozens more confirmed and presumptive positive cases (some of them had travel history and some of them had infections from unknown sources). 

On March 12, a 67-year-old man with underlying medical conditions died from the coronavirus, marking Georgia's first death, according to the Associated Press. The man was hospitalized at WellStar Kennestone, a hospital serving Cobb county.

In a corner of a state park, Georgia has set up mobile housing units for people with COVID-19 who can't stay home but don't need to be hospitalized, according to the AP. A quarantine space with 20 temporary housing units for those who aren't able to self-quarantine at home is under construction on the Georgia Public Safety Training Center campus in Monroe County, according to a statement from the Georgia Department of Public Health on March 13.

Georgia set up a hotline for questions about the coronavirus: (844) 442-2681

"If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center," according to the Georgia Department of Public Health Website. "Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility."

Cases by county:

  • Fulton: 231
  • Dougherty: 164
  • Dekalb: 137
  • Cobb: 119
  • Bartow : 93
  • Gwinnett: 79
  • Carroll: 52
  • Cherokee: 44
  • Clayton: 37
  • Lee: 29
  • Henry: 29
  • Clarke: 29
  • Hall: 22
  • Douglas: 18
  • Floyd: 17
  • Forsyth: 15
  • Fayette: 14
  • Coweta: 14
  • Lowndes: 14
  • Rockdale: 13
  • Spalding: 11
  • Columbia: 10
  • Mitchell: 10
  • Newton: 12
  • Polk: 10
  • Richmond: 11
  • Troup: 10
  • Chatham: 9
  • Gordon: 9
  • Houston: 9
  • Bibb: 8
  • Early: 7
  • Laurens: 8
  • Oconee: 7
  • Paulding: 7
  • Glynn: 6
  • Muscogee: 6
  • Peach: 5
  • Sumter: 7
  • Terrell: 5
  • Tift: 7
  • Whitfield: 6
  • Worth: 6
  • Barrow : 5
  • Colquitt: 4
  • Crisp: 4
  • Lumpkin: 4
  • Pickens: 4
  • Bryan: 3
  • Butts: 3
  • Dawson: 2
  • Effingham: 3
  • Lamar: 3
  • Monroe: 3
  • Baldwin: 2
  • Camden: 2
  • Coffee: 2
  • Decatur: 2
  • Irwin: 3
  • Jasper: 2
  • Madison: 3
  • Miller: 2
  • Seminole: 2
  • Tattnall : 2
  • Turner: 2
  • Twiggs: 2
  • Washington: 2
  • Baker: 1
  • Ben Hill: 1
  • Calhoun: 1
  • Burke: 3
  • Catoosa: 1
  • Charlton: 1
  • Chattooga: 1
  • Clinch: 1
  • Franklin: 1
  • Haralson: 1
  • Dodge: 1
  • Fannin: 1
  • Greene: 1
  • Harris: 1
  • Heard: 1
  • Jackson: 2
  • Jones: 1
  • Liberty: 1
  • Lincoln : 3
  • Long: 1
  • Macon: 1
  • Meriwether: 3
  • Mcduffie: 1
  • Morgan: 1
  • Pierce: 1
  • Pulaski: 1
  • Randolph: 2
  • Stephens: 1
  • Taylor: 1
  • Thomas: 1
  • Toombs: 1
  • Ware: 2
  • White: 1
  • Wilkes: 1
  • Unknown: 178