UPDATE | Coronavirus in DeKalb County: The latest news from the AJC

The coronavirus pandemic has affected daily life everywhere, including DeKalb County.

As of March 28 there were 246 cases and 3 deaths reported in DeKalb, according to the latest information posted by Georgia Department of Public Health.

Statewide, there have been 2,446 (100%) cases with 660(26.98%) hospitalizations and 79 (3.23%) deaths due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Nationally, there have been 103,321 cases with 1,668 deaths, according to information posted online daily by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond has issued a stay at home order, ratcheting up the coronavirus-related restrictions he put in place earlier in the week. The order, which goes into effect at 9 p.m. Saturday and remains in place until further notice, bans all public gatherings and instructs residents in unincorporated DeKalb to leave their homes as little as possible unless they’re seeking medical care. Exempted activities include “obtaining necessary services and supplies” and going to work for essential businesses — things like grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and a number of other retailers. More information can be found on the county website.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has come under intense criticism from epidemiologists and other critics who say the restrictions he’s imposed, which include a ban on many public gatherings and a shutdown of bars and nightclubs, don’t go far enough to contain the highly contagious illness, the AJC reports. See Georgia’s COVID-19 website for more state information.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff, the largest news gathering organization in the state, is dedicated to keeping you informed amid this crisis.

This article was generated automatically by AJC Bot, a computer software application that searches for updated numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and includes them in text articles based on templates created by AJC writers. An AJC editor reviewed the work before publishing. Email George Mathis to report bugs or errors.

MORE CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

• All AJC.com coronavirus news

• Map: Coronavirus in Georgia

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