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Ebola czar to visit Atlanta on Thursday

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain will be in Atlanta on Thursday for meetings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters with Director Tom Frieden and other officials.

Reuters quotes an unidentified official saying, "Mr. Klain has been in daily contact with Dr. [Tom] Frieden and other CDC officials, but this will be his first opportunity to visit the headquarters of the men and women of the CDC, who have been a critical component of our international and domestic response since the onset of this outbreak."

Amber Vinson discharged from Emory

ATLANTA -- Dallas nurse Amber Vinson was discharged from Emory University Hospital on Tuesday after being treated for Ebola virus disease.

Vinson was admitted to the hospital's Serious Communicable Disease Unit on Oct. 15 and is now virus free. Vinson, 29, and Nina Pham, 26, were the two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who contracted the virus while caring for Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national who died of the disease Oct. 8.

Vinson spoke at a Tuesday afternoon news conference, saying that she was "thankful to be alive" and that "with God, all things are possible."

Vinson did not take any questions.

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Emory confirms Ebola no longer detected in nurse

ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University Hospital officials are confirming tests no longer detect the Ebola virus in a nurse being treated at its hospital near Atlanta.

Emory said in a statement Friday afternoon that Amber Vinson is making good progress, and tests no longer detect the virus in her blood. Vinson's family had said Wednesday that officials couldn't detect the virus in her blood as of Tuesday evening.

Emory said it had no discharge date for Vinson yet, as she continues to receive supportive care.

Vinson was one of two nurses diagnosed with Ebola after they treated an Ebola-infected patient at a Dallas hospital.

The other nurse, Nina Pham, was released from a Maryland hospital on Friday after doctors declared her free of the virus.

3rd Ebola patient released from Emory

ATLANTA -- The third patient to be brought to Emory University Hospital for treatment for Ebola has been released, according to a news release from the hospital.

The patient, the fourth American brought to the United States with the disease, arrived at Dobbins Reserve Base in Marietta on Sept. 9.

The patient was determined to be free of Ebola by the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health and released on Sunday.

The patient has asked to remain anonymous and left the hospital for an undisclosed location. He will make a statement at a later date, the news release said.

Two other patients, Dr. Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol, were also treated for Ebola virus disease and discharged from the hospital on August 19 and August 21.

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Reports of threats to cut off Emory Hospital if Ebola waste goes into sewage system


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- Articles in both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal this week that an Emory University Hospital doctor said DeKalb County had threatened to cut the hospital off from the sewage system if Ebola was being disposed of into it.

The articles also said couriers and pizza delivery workers had refused to deliver to the hospital.

On Tuesday afternoon, DeKalb County spokesperson Burke Brennan adamantly denied that any such threat was made.