This electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19.

UPDATE at 7 p.m.: Another death attributed to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus has been recorded in Cherokee County, according to the Georgia Department of Health.
According to DPH, a 90-year-old man with a preexisting health condition became Cherokee County's sixth death from the disease Tuesday. To date the county has seen 147 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection. As of Tuesday evening statewide there have been 9,156 confirmed infections and 348 deaths.
Cherokee County had recorded 144 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection as of midday Tuesday, three more cases than Monday night, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The local death toll remained at five.
Statewide, DPH reported 8,818 infections and 329 deaths as of midday Tuesday - an increase of 1,260 infections since Monday evening. The death total Monday night stood at 294.

The state releases an update online twice daily at around noon and around 7 p.m. at this site:

Gov. Brian Kemp has issued a statewide shelter-in-place order. Details of the order, which began Friday and is in place through April 13 can be found here

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now recommending that people wear a face covering when they go out in public.

Public health officials recommend that to help protect yourself and others that you:
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze;
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose;
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

Contact COVID-19 hotline

The state of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. 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 or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

Hotline: (844) 442-2681

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