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 9:30 a.m. March 30

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.
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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 Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served as the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan—Midwestern State University's student-run campus newspaper—and interned with both the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.


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