First COVID-19 patient moved to state isolation camp in state park

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The COVID-19 Isolation Camp established in Hard Labor Creek State Park is now in use with a patient from Cherokee County.

According to a statement released by Governor Brian Kemp, this action was taken as a precautionary measure “in accordance with the state’s strategic plan to prepare for any and all scenarios as it relates to COVID-19 cases in Georgia.”

The statement went on to say, “The Governor’s Office is able to confirm this evening that the first patient, an individual from Cherokee County who tested positive for the virus, has now been isolated on the state park grounds in one of the mobile units. The individual was not able to isolate at their primary residence and was not in critical condition requiring any hospital admittance.”

Seven emergency mobile units have been set up in the state park, located in Morgan County, for use in isolating people who may have been exposed to COVID-19, or for individuals who have been diagnosed with the illness.

State public health officials determined that a specific section of Hard Labor Creek State Park would be best suited for isolation as the individual is treated by medical professionals.

“This site was specifically chosen for its isolation from the general public and ability to house mobile units in the short term,” said Georgia Emergency Management Agency Director Homer Bryson. “State public health staff will monitor the individual’s progress and work together with state law enforcement to ensure the safety of the community and the patient.”

The isolation camp at Hard Labor Creek State Park is closed to public access and is closely monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by state law enforcement professionals.

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