GUIDE: Coronavirus updates to know in Alpharetta, Milton

Community Impact Newspaper staff will continue to provide coronavirus-related updates as more information becomes available. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Community Impact Newspaper staff will continue to provide coronavirus-related updates as more information becomes available. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Community Impact Newspaper staff will continue to provide coronavirus-related updates as more information becomes available. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

As coronavirus cases continue to arise across the world, the Alpharetta and Milton communities are making changes to help stop the spread of the virus. Here are the state, county and city updates you need to know.

This story will be updated out outbreak-related news and links to other coronavirus-related coverage.

Updated 8:27 p.m. April 20

7 p.m. April 20: The state now has 19,399 cases of coronavirus and 775 virus-related deaths, according to the GDPH. Fulton County has 2,198 of these cases—or 11.33% of the cases statewide—and 80 deaths.

9:34 p.m. April 19: The GDPH updated its 7 p.m. case count an extra time, showing statewide coronavirus case counts now total 18,489 cases and 689 deaths. Fulton County has 2,131 cases and 75 deaths.


7 p.m. April 18: Georgia saw a smaller increase in coronavirus case counts this time, according to GDPH data. Statewide totals are at 17,841 cases and 677 deaths, while Fulton County has 2,065 of those cases and 74 deaths.

7 p.m. April 17: Fulton County now surpasses 2,000 cases of coronavirus, totaling 2,037 cases and 74 deaths, according to the latest Georgia Department of Public Health data. Statewide totals continue to rise, now totaling 17,432 cases and 668 deaths.

7 p.m. April 16: In the end-of-day update of coronavirus case counts by the GDPH, Georgia now has 16,368 cases of coronavirus and 617 total deaths, the data shows. Additionally, Fulton County has 1,945 of these cases and 66 deaths.

7 p.m. April 15: The number of cases of coronavirus in the state totals 15,260 cases now with 576 deaths, the GDPH data shows. Fulton County has 1,902 of these cases and 63 deaths.

7 p.m. April 14: Case counts continue to increase in Georgia, reaching 14,578 cases statewide and 524 deaths, according to the GDPH. Three counties have quadruple-digit case counts: Fulton County, with 1,182 cases; Dougherty County, with 1,297 cases; and DeKalb County, with 1,144 cases. Fulton County has 60 virus-related deaths.

7 p.m. April 13: Case counts now total 13,621 coronavirus cases and 480 virus-related deaths statewide, the GDPH's daily case count report shows—meaning 23.88% of the 57,038 administered tests have come back positive, according to the data. Fulton County has 1,635 coronavirus cases and 52 deaths, the report indicates.

7 p.m. April 12: Coronavirus cases have increased to 12,550 cases statewide and 442 deaths, according to the latest GDPH data; however, the percentage of positive test results has decreased in the last four days. The state has administered 54,453 COVID-19 tests so far, meaning 23.05% of the tests have come back positive—a decrease from April 8's percentage of positive test results at 26.3%. Fulton County holds 1,495 cases of the coronavirus and 50 virus-related deaths, the data indicates.

7 p.m. April 11: The GDPH reported another increase in the number of coronavirus cases statewide, the total now reaching 12,261 cases and 432 virus-related deaths. Fulton County still has the most number of cases at 1,446 cases, but there was no increase in the death toll from yesterday's report.

7 p.m. April 10: The state now has 11,859 cases of coronavirus and 425 virus-related deaths, according to the GDPH. A total of 1,417 of these cases are in Fulton County, with 50 virus-related deaths.

7 p.m. April 9: In the 7 p.m. coronavirus case update, GDPH data shows another increase in the number of cases to 10,885 statewide with 412 deaths. Fulton County's total sits at 1,336 cases and 48 coronavirus-related deaths.

April 8: Gov. Brian Kemp extends the statewide shelter-in-place order through April 30.

7 p.m. April 8: Georgia now has 10,204 confirmed positive cases of coronavirus—out of 38,787 administered tests, meaning 26.3% of the tests come back positive—and 370 coronavirus-related deaths, according to the GDPH. Fulton and Dougherty counties both have more than 1,000 cases in each county, totaling 1,261 and 1,001 cases, respectively.

7 p.m. April 7: Earlier today, the GDPH sent a press release citing "sharp increases" in the number of coronavirus cases statewide in recent days as more testing has become available, and these increases are expected to continue as testing availability is still being improved as well. The latest daily status report shows 9,156 cases of coronavirus statewide and 348 coronavirus-related deaths. Fulton County has 1,185 of these cases and 39 total deaths due to the virus.

7 p.m. April 6: Almost 1,000 more cases of coronavirus were added to the GDPH's daily COVID-19 status report update, with the state now seeing 7,558 cases of the virus and 294 deaths. Fulton County pushes past 1,000 cases, totaling 1,053 cases countywide and 32 coronavirus-related deaths. Dougherty County is still seeing the highest death toll, totaling 722 cases and 44 deaths.

7 p.m. April 5: COVID-19 cases in Georgia now mark 6,742 total, as well as 219 deaths, according to the GDPH. Fulton County saw another increase as well, totaling 970 cases and 28 deaths.

7 p.m. April 4: The end-of-day daily update on coronavirus cases from the GDPH shows Georgia has now surpassed 6,000 cases, totaling 6,160 and 201 coronavirus-related deaths. Fulton County has 941 of these cases, with 26 total deaths.

7 p.m. April 3: Georgia saw another increase in the number of coronavirus cases and coronavirus-related deaths as more testing results come in, with the state now seeing 5,967 cases of the virus and 198 deaths. Fulton County has 910 cases of COVID-19, with 26 deaths related to the virus. Including Fulton County, 11 counties in the state have hit triple-digit case numbers.

7 p.m. April 2: Cases of coronavirus in Fulton County reached 747 cases with 23 total deaths; meanwhile, the state now has 5,444 cases of coronavirus with 176 total deaths related to COVID-19. Dougherty County still has the most coronavirus-related deaths in the state, totaling 30 deaths and 521 cases.

7:30 p.m. April 1: Alpharetta City Council passed an emergency ordinance ordering a citywide shelter in place, effective upon adoption. The order continues for up to 30 days and will automatically be repealed after this time limit unless council members decide to extend or reenact it for an additional 30 days.

7 p.m. April 1: As testing becomes more available, the number of cases of coronavirus in Georgia continues to climb. As of 7 p.m. April 1, 4,748 cases of coronavirus have swept the state, with 638 of those cases lying in Fulton County resulting in 20 deaths due to the virus. Dougherty County is seeing the most deaths in relation to COVID-19, with 490 total cases and 29 total deaths.

April 1: Gov. Brian Kemp held a press conference announcing he plans to sign an executive order for a statewide shelter in place mandate to begin April 3 and continue through April 13. He also announced the closure of all K-12 public schools for the remainder of the school year.

7 p.m. March 31: Coronavirus cases statewide now total 4,117, with Fulton County's numbers rising to 599 cases, GDPH data shows.

7:09 p.m. March 30: The GDPH made another update shortly after the scheduled 7 p.m. daily status report, which showed the total number of coronavirus cases in Georgia is 3,032, just four more cases from the first update. The total number of deaths increased by two, totaling 102 deaths now. Fulton County still has 503 cases of coronavirus, but now 16 total deaths.

7 p.m. March 30: The latest daily status report from the GDPH shows the number of coronavirus cases in the state have now reached 3,028 cases and 100 deaths. Fulton County has now seen 503 cases of coronavirus and 15 total coronavirus-related deaths.

7 p.m. March 29: GDPH data indicates Fulton County saw a 12.43% increase in the number of coronavirus cases in 24 hours, now totaling 425 cases as opposed to yesterday's 378 cases. Statewide totals now reach 2,683 cases, with 83 deaths due to the coronavirus.

7 p.m. March 28: Statewide coronavirus cases total 2,446 cases and 79 deaths, with 13 of those deaths tied to Fulton County residents. Fulton saw another increase in the number of coronavirus cases, now totaling 378 cases.

7 p.m. March 27: Fulton County saw 347 cases of coronavirus with 12 coronavirus-related deaths in the county. The Georgia Department of Public Health began releasing data on the number of coronavirus-related deaths in each county, whereas only statewide numbers were available previously. The total number of cases in Georgia rose to 2,198 with 65 total deaths due to the coronavirus.

7 p.m. March 26: The number of cases of coronavirus rises to 1,643 cases with 56 deaths, the daily coronavirus status report from the GDPH shows. Fulton, Dougherty, DeKalb and Cobb counties all hold triple digit numbers of coronavirus cases, with Fulton holding the highest number at 231 cases.

March 26: Gov. Brian Kemp issues an executive order closing public elementary and secondary schools for in-person instruction through April 24, including Fulton County Schools.

7 p.m. March 25: Coronavirus cases statewide total 1,387 cases—up 290 cases in 24 hours—and 47 deaths, according to the GDPH. Fulton County now passes 200 cases, totaling 204 as of now, still the highest number of cases of all 159 counties in Georgia. The second highest number of cases is 125 cases in DeKalb County.

6:48 p.m. March 25: Milton announces the closure of all parks and park facilities beginning March 26 at 9 a.m.

7 p.m. March 24: Georgia surpasses 1,000 total cases of coronavirus, with 1,097 total cases and 38 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of cases in Fulton County reaches 191 cases.

7 p.m. March 23: The state total reaches 800 cases of coronavirus—with Fulton County landing at 152 cases now—and 26 coronavirus-related deaths.

5:46 p.m. March 23: Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood suspends four business-related ordinances, allowing for the equivalent of takeout alcohol sales at table-service restaurants.

Noon March 23: Coronavirus cases statewide rise to 772 cases total and 25 total deaths. GDPH officials said the significant increase is partially due to the improvement of electronic reporting efficiency from commercial laboratories.

March 23: Alpharetta City Council members and Mayor Jim Gilvin pass an emergency ordinance to close all city parks and park facilities.

7 p.m. March 22: Another 65 cases were added to the statewide total number of coronavirus cases, totaling 620 now with Fulton County making up 111 of these cases.

7 p.m. March 21: The state now sees 555 cases of coronavirus in total, with 20 deaths due to the virus. Fulton County makes up 99 of these cases.

7 p.m. March 20: 65 more cases of coronavirus are added to the statewide total, marking 485 cases as of 7 p.m. with 14 total deaths due to the virus. Fulton County now has 88 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

5:46 p.m. March 20: Alpharetta city officials enact emergency ordinance prohibiting all dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other food-serving establishments until further notice.

Noon March 20: Coronavirus cases reach 420 statewide, up 133 from yesterday, with 13 deaths in total. The number of cases in Fulton County make up 79 of the 420 cases.

March 20: The GPDH begins releasing daily coronavirus case status reports twice per day, once at noon and once at 7 p.m.

Noon March 19: Fulton County sees 66 total cases, up 17 from yesterday, with Georgia now totaling 287 cases statewide. A total of 10 deaths have occurred due to coronavirus, according to GDPH data.

Noon March 18: Coronavirus cases are up to 197 cases, with Fulton County still has the most cases of all 159 counties in Georgia at 49 cases.

March 18: The state of Georgia has received an official statewide disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Kemp announced in a press conference. The declaration provides assistance in the form of SBA economic injury disaster loans to impacted small businesses in all 159 counties in Georgia. Loans are available for small business and nonprofit organizations. Small business owners and nonprofit leaders can visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov to apply.

Noon March 17: The total number of coronavirus cases in Georgia now totals 146 cases, up 25 cases from yesterday. Fulton County has 33 total cases.

7:45 p.m. March 16: Milton City Council members and Mayor Joe Lockwood passed a 30-day emergency ordinance halting all matters that require a public hearing, canceling all city board and committee meetings and allowing for City Council to meet only on matters regarding the coronavirus and other public health and safety issues.

Noon March 16: Georgia now has 121 cases of coronavirus total, with Fulton County marking 27 of these cases, according to GDPH data. This is still the highest number of cases of all the counties in Georgia; however, Fulton County is also the most populous county in the state.

11 a.m. March 16: Alpharetta City Council members and Mayor Jim Gilvin unanimously passed a 30-day emergency ordinance to allow council members to conduct meetings virtually.

March 16: Kemp issues an executive order to close all elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools from March 18-31.

Noon March 15: The number of coronavirus cases statewide reaches 99 total cases. Fulton County still has the most cases in the state, totaling 20 cases.

4:31 p.m. March 14: Gov. Brian Kemp has signed an executive order declaring a public health state of emergency and orders the Georgia Department of Defense to provide up to 2,000 Georgia National Guard troops to be used in preparation, response and recovery efforts.

Noon March 14: Georgia reaches 66 cases of coronavirus, according to the GDPH, including one death from the virus. Fulton County marks 12 of these cases.

March 14: Fulton County officials have announced the rescheduling of the March 24 presidential preference primary and special election to May 19 in conjunction with other elections scheduled for that date.

March 13: FCS officials have rolled out a new remote learning plan and food distribution program to begin March 16.

March 13: Officials in the cities of Alpharetta and Milton have halted all parks and recreation programs in both cities. The Alpharetta Adult Activity Center and the Milton Senior Center were both closed effective immediately.

6 p.m. March 12: FCS officials have announced closure of all schools and administrative offices beginning March 16 until further notice. Officials also canceled all school and district activities effective March 13.

March 12: Kemp and the GDPH roll out a daily status report website for confirmed coronavirus cases in the state.

3 p.m. March 11: Second FCS employee has been diagnosed with coronavirus. The employee worked at Woodland Middle School.

March 11: Georgia has 12 confirmed cases and 19 presumptive positive cases of coronavirus, according to the GDPH.

5:15 p.m. March 10: FCS officials announced that all FCS schools and administrative offices will remain closed through March 11 for cleaning. All schools with the exception of Bear Creek and Woodland middle schools were scheduled to reopen March 12.

4:30 p.m. March 9: One Fulton County Schools teacher was diagnosed with coronavirus by GDPH. The employee taught at Bear Creek and Woodland middle schools, so district officials dismissed all students and staff at both schools. Creekside High School was also closed and dismissed due to its close proximity to BCMS and the sharing of several staff members between the schools. FCS officials also announced the closure of all FCS schools and administrative offices for the entirety of March 10.

March 8: Four additional presumptive-positive cases of coronavirus are awaiting confirmation, according to a March 8 GDPH press release. This addition marks six total presumptive-positive cases of coronavirus in Georgia and five total confirmed cases.

March 7: The GDPH has confirmed three more cases of the coronavirus in Georgia: one in Cobb County, one in Fulton County and the third a previously-presumed positive, now-confirmed case in Floyd County.

March 2: Gov. Brian Kemp, Kathleen Toomey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, and state officials have confirmed Georgia's first cases of the coronavirus involving two residents of the same household in Fulton County. One had recently returned from Italy, according to a GDPH press release.
By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.


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