ATLANTA — Georgians gathered in small groups atop parking decks, on rooftop patios and along normally busy interstates to see U.S. military fighter jets that flew over the Atlanta metro area in a tribute to health care workers battling the coronavirus.
Spectators cheered loudly as the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds roared overhead Saturday afternoon. The jets flew in formation as they passed over the area's major hospitals.
At the historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, spectators generally adhered to social distancing guidelines, but few wore masks. Some carried lawn chairs and beverages while others pushed strollers. Many tried to capture the moment with phones or more advanced cameras.
Statewide, more than two dozen more deaths of people with COVID-19 were reported through Sunday at noon by the Georgia Department of Public Health, bringing the state's death toll to at least 1,177.