Atlanta’s latest coronavirus updates: Saturday, April 4

A quick roundup of what's happening in metro Atlanta and what you may have missed

Atlanta coronavirus updates
The CDC now recommends wearing cloth masks while out.

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On Friday, the statewide shelter in place went into effect and the CDC issued a new recommendation on masks. Here’s your Saturday morning update:

• There are now 5,967 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia, which is up 520 cases from yesterday morning. 198 people have died. 1,222 have been hospitalized. 25,265 people have been tested. [GA Dept. of Public Health]

• Welcome to the first full day of statewide shelter in place. It . . . probably won’t be any different from yesterday, at least not in metro Atlanta, where most residents have already been under some sort of shelter in place. But if you have questions, we broke down the specifics of the statewide order here. First and foremost, just stay home.

• The CDC is now recommending that everyone wear cloth masks in public. The masks are less about protection for the wearer and more to help prevent transmission  from asymptomatic people. Cloth masks are fairly easy to make and an easy no-sew version with a bandana and a couple of hair ties has been making the rounds on Twitter. (The CDC also has instructions for the bandana method on their website—you can also slip a coffee filter inside.) [CDC]

• With Atlanta Public Schools now closed for the rest of the school year, they will begin doing weekly grocery distributions on Mondays rather than daily meals. Bus delivery will still be available. Check out the full schedule at 11Alive. [11Alive]

• Piedmont Hospital in Buckhead is trying to open its new expansion, previously set to open in August, as soon as possible to help with COVID-19. The hospital is trying to get the final equipment it needs to operate. [WSB]

• Target and Wal-Mart will begin limiting the amount of customers that can be in the store at one time starting this weekend. [Target/Wal-Mart]

• Add Fellini’s and La Fonda to the list of restaurants that have temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Chai Pani also temporarily closed earlier this week, as did the Vortex. [Fellini’s/Chai Pani/Vortex]

• Here’s drone footage of what a much more quiet Atlanta looks like:

• April 4 has become 404 Day here in the city, and Atlanta’s pro sports teams decided to share a message of resilience. Freddie Freeman, Josef Martinez, Grady Jarrett, Tiffany Hayes, and John Collins each recorded messages from their homes—Martinez appears on crutches as he recovers from ACL surgery.

Also for 404 Day, Jermaine Dupri will do a DJ set on Instagram Live at 4 p.m.