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Both Ebola patients released from Emory


ATLANTA -- Both Ebola patients being treated at Emory Hospital have been released. Both Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were cleared of the virus.

Nancy Writebol was released Tuesday. Dr. Kent Brantly was released today.

"God saved my life," said Brantly, looking gaunt, at a press conference Thursday, at which the room applauded his appearance. He thanked his medical team and the millions of people around the world praying for his recovery. "Please do not stop praying for the people of West Africa."

Bruce Ribner, medical director of the hospital's Infectious Disease Unit,said Brantly will go to an undisclosed location with his wife and children after the conference.

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 8.3 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Emory St. Joseph's names new CEO

Emory St. Joseph's names new CEO

ATLANTA -- Craig McCoy will become CEO of Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, effective Sept. 1.

McCoy joined Emory Healthcare in May 2011 as CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital, and has served as interim CEO of Saint Joseph's since May 2014.

Prior to joining Emory, McCoy served as CEO of a hospital in Phoenix, Ariz owned by Vanguard Health System. He holds a bachelor's degree from Furman University and a master's of health administration from Medical University of South Carolina/Clemson University.

Poll: Georgians OK with Ebola patients' treatment at Emory

Poll: Georgians OK with Ebola patients' treatment at Emory

(WXIA) -- A recent poll found the majority of Georgians agree with the decision to treat two American Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital.

In an exclusive 11Alive News poll conducted by research firm SurveyUSA, 66 percent of those who participated said they are fine with Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol receiving treatment at the Atlanta hospital.

Twenty-one percent of those polled said they do not agree with the decision to bring the patients to Atlanta, while 13 percent were not sure.

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Separated by Ebola, husband has tearful visit with wife


David Writebol, the husband of missionary Nancy Writebol who was quarantined after his wife came down with Ebola while in Africa, has been released from supervision and enjoyed a through-the-looking-glass reunion Sunday with Nancy in Atlanta.

In a statement released Monday by the charitable group SIM USA, for which Nancy was a volunteer, David Writebol said he had completed his 21-day period of temperature and health monitoring that he was asked to observe by local health officials on his return to the U.S. with his wife. Nancy Writebol and missionary Kent Brantly were transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment after they had become infected with Ebola.

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

American Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly issues statement


Dr. Kent Brantly, the first American Ebola patient transported to Atlanta for treatment at Emory, has issued a statement.

Brantly, a doctor working with the aid organization Samaritan's Purse, was working in Liberia when he contracted the Ebola. He was taken to Emory on August 2.

In a statement written Friday from his isolation room at Emory University Hospital, Brantly says he is getting "the very best care possible" from doctors and nurses there.

He's at the same hospital as Nancy Writebol, another American aid worker infected with Ebola while serving the sick in Liberia. Both of them have been given treatment with an experimental Ebola drug and are said to be improving, but it's too early to know if the drug is the reason.