🌱 Fulton Hospitals Near Capacity? + Push To Empty Pet Shelters

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Here are the top 5 stories in Atlanta today:

  1. How close to capacity are metro Atlanta hospitals as hospital systems in parts of the country are currently challenged by COVID-19's delta and omicron variants? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 80 percent of ICU beds nationally were filled as of Dec. 16, and 20 percent of those were occupied by COVID-19 patients. In Georgia, state health officials reported approximately 83 percent of both inpatient and ICU beds were occupied, with COVID patients in around 6 percent of inpatient beds and 8 percent of ICU beds statewide. For the latest figures for Fulton County hospitals, check out the list compiled by the Atlanta Patch. (Atlanta Patch)

  2. The Atlanta Women’s Chorus’ annual holiday concerts will be today, with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church. Called “Remembrance and Joy,” this year's concerts are dedicated to the memory of lives lost in 2020 through the COVID-19 pandemic and social injustices across the nation. Dr. Melissa Arasi, the chorus’s artistic director, said this year’s theme and music will set a tone for remembrance and holiday warmth. (WABE 90.1 FM)

  3. If you're considering adopting a pet this holiday season, take note: Through Dec. 20, Bissell Pet Foundation's "Empty the Shelters" campaign is sponsoring reduced adoption fees for $25 or less per dog or cat at over 235 shelters across 41 states, including Georgia. Local rescue organizations participating in the campaign include Furkids, Inc., PAWS Atlanta, Planned Pethood of Georgia and several animal shelters. (theatlanta100.com)

  4. Detectives are investigating after a woman’s body was found near a trail leading to Anderson Park in northwest Atlanta Thursday afternoon. According to police, the woman's body was found by homicide investigators and members of the department’s command squad responding to reports of an injured person at Tiger Flowers Drive and Croesus Avenue just before 2:30 p.m. The deceased woman, who was found behind homes in a wooded area just south of the intersection, has not been identified, but detectives told Channel 2 Action News she was between the ages of 20 and 30. (Free: WSB-TV Atlanta; Subscription: The Atlanta Journal Constitution)

  5. While a white Christmas season probably isn't in the forecast for Atlanta, the Illuminarium offers another way to enjoy a winter wonderland locally with Winterland: A Magical Holiday Experience. An immersive entertainment venue just off the BeltLine, the Illuminarium has transformed into a magical winter wonderland through Jan. 2 with sensory experiences including the Northern lights, an enchanted Winterland village and a luxurious winter palace. (theatlanta100.com)

Today in Atlanta:

  • Christmas with Piccadilly Puppets at Children's Museum of Atlanta (9:00 AM)

  • Ugly Sweater Brunch at Mrs. P’s Bar & Kitchen (10:00 AM)

  • How to Feel Joy at Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia (10:00 AM)

  • Festive Family Brunch with Santa at Bellyard (10:00 AM)

  • Solstice Sound Ceremony at Trinity Center for Spiritual Living (11:30 AM)

From my notebook:

  • The International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 623 provided Christmas gifts to 50 of the City of Atlanta Police Department's Police Athletic League kids this week. Due to COVID protocols, the officers and youngsters were not able to shop together, but members of the police union bought gifts from lists they were provided and presented them to the kids at a breakfast at Atlanta's Hard Rock Cafe. This year's most requested items were iPads, iPods and bicycles. (Facebook)

  • 🎶 On the fourth day of Christmas, APD sent to me … 🎶 … a reminder regarding drinking in moderation. It is easier said than done, however, when you drink more alcohol than usual, you can lose your inhibitions and act out of character which, in itself, could present you with a dangerous situation.Keeping your wits about you will decrease the risk of crime.Also remember, NEVER drink and drive. (Facebook)

  • Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is sold out through Dec. 23 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. But the show runs through January 15 – plenty of time to experience the magic of Atlanta's favorite holiday tradition. (Facebook)

  • In support of the tornado victims in Kentucky, many of whom are now homeless, the Atlanta Downtown Social Impact Safety Team (A.S.I.S.T.) delivered 25 coats to the Convoy of Care collection site in the WSB-TV lot at West Peachtree Street this week. New coats had been purchased and donated by Seay/Felton LLC for distribution during the organization's “Thanks for Giving” Coat Drive for those experiencing homelessness. (Facebook)

  • Thanks to North Point Ministries for their generous gift of sponsoring three houses to help families achieve affordable homeownership through Atlanta Habitat for Humanity & ReStore. North Point Ministries has been an Atlanta Habitat Partner since 2013, but 2022 will be its first builds, thanks to the $300,000 donation. Volunteers from all its campuses will help with the builds. (Facebook)

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This article originally appeared on the Atlanta Patch

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