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Staff at Emory University Hospital now treating patient


ATLANTA, Ga. -- Now that Dr. Kent Brantly has arrived at Emory University Hospital, a team of Doctors and Nurses will work around the clock in a special isolation room to treat the side-effects of the Ebola Virus.

That room is one of only four in the country and part of the reason why Dr. Brantly was brought to Atlanta.

The room was created 12 years ago. It's essentially a mini-hospital, complete with a lab and anything else the medical team will need.

"I can't think of a better place in the world, other than Emory University Hospital to care for this patient," said Dr. Jay Varkey with the Infectious Disease Unit at Emory Hospital.

Word spread last week that the two American citizens infected with the deadly Ebola virus would be coming to Emory University Hospital. But as Dr. Varkey puts it, the team has been training for years.

CDC works to keep Ebola virus from spreading


ATLANTA -- The Centers for Disease Control will be working with the State Department to evacuate two American citizens infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

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CDC Director Tom Frieden, in speaking with CNN's Sanjay Gupta, described the government agency's role.

EXPANDED COVERAGE: Read and watch coverage of Ebola patients coming to and be treated in metro Atlanta

First Ebola patient to arrive at Emory Saturday


ATLANTA – Emory University Hospital is preparing to receive two Ebola patients from West Africa. The Pentagon says the patients will be flown into Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base in Marietta. One will arrive Saturday, the other will arrive later, on a date not announced.

He noted, Emory's isolation unit has been used before to treat SARS, but has been used far more in training than in practice. "The bottom line is, we have an inordinate amount of safety involved... no one is in ANY way at risk." "You need to appreciate Ebola is NOT spread by some magic mechanism," Dr. Ribner said.

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

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DeKalb police chief honored

DeKalb police chief honored

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander has been recognized for his many achievements over his three-decade law enforcement career.

Alexander was presented with a resolution by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police during its 2014 conference.

"It is an honor and a privilege to receive this recognition from the Georgia Chiefs Association," Alexander said in a release. "It's always humbling to get recognized by your peers."

Alexander has served as DeKalb's police chief since April 2013 and is also president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.