Latest COVID-19 information for metro Atlanta

LAST REVIEWED September 23, 2021 3:21 P.M. EST

Overview

Georgia has given more than 11.28 million COVID-19 tests. There have been 1,203,812 cases of COVID-19 in Georgia and there is currently a 10.6% positive rate. At least 21,865 people have died. The rolling 7-day average of new cases is 3,755.4. The rolling 7-day average is 12% positive.

Vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine arrived in metro Atlanta with the first doses administered Dec. 16. The state said as of Feb. 25, it was doing away with the phase terminology. As of March 25, vaccines are open for all Georgians over the age of 16. On May 10, the FDA authorized the vaccine for anyone 12 and over. Vaccines for people 65 and up began Jan. 11. So far, the state has administered 10,315,483 vaccines.

Restrictions

The cities of Savannah, Atlanta and Athens have all issued mask mandates for all indoor public places. The city of South Fulton has issued an order requiring people – regardless of vaccination status – to wear masks in public places, including stores, schools, restaurants and other buildings and public spaces. Henry County has issued a state of emergency for 60 days because of the rise of COVID cases.

On June 30, the state lifted all of its emergency declarations and orders related to COVID-19.

How to help

There are multiple ways to help, including food drives, supply drives and by donating to a local charity. Here’s a list of ways to help. The American Red Cross also has a severe blood shortage.

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.

Public Transport

The CDC still says people need to wear a mask when using mass transit.

MARTA is taking extra precautions to protect riders and requiring masks. MARTA continues to thoroughly clean all buses, trains, rail stations, and facilities, with a focus on high touch areas such as handrails, elevator buttons, Breeze machines, and restrooms. They have also started mid-day end of line cleaning of buses while parked in bus bays at targeted rail stations. All MARTA employees have been instructed how to best protect themselves and others against the potential transmission of the virus.

If you’re flying, TSA requires individuals to wear a mask at airport screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation systems. This will remain effective until at least Sept. 13, 2021.

COVID-19 testing

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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