Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:52 PM EST
By KATE BRUMBACK and JEFF AMY, AP
ATLANTA (AP) — State health officials say confirmed infections from the new coronavirus in Georgia have risen to nearly 1,250. Numbers released Wednesday show that nearly a third of those people were hospitalized. Two additional deaths were reported, bringing the total to 40. In four counties, the number of confirmed cases topped 100, with Fulton County closing in on 200 infections. The spread of the virus also continued to take its toll on businesses big and small. Waffle House, known for its "always open" restaurants, has closed more than 400 of its nearly 2,000 outlets. And Kia Motors Corp. is suspending production at its plant in southwest Georgia.