Governor Kemp to declare Georgia’s first ever public health emergency

STAFF REPORT :::

Governor Brian Kemp has announced his intention to declare a public health emergency beginning Saturday morning.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Kemp stated, “Based on President Trump’s emergency declaration, I will declare a public health emergency for the state of Georgia beginning tomorrow morning. This declaration will greatly assist health and emergency management officials across Georgia by deploying all available resources for the mitigation and treatment of COVID-19. In accordance with state law, I will call for a special session of the General Assembly to convene at the State Capitol at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 to ratify this action through a joint resolution. At this time, it is appropriate for faith-based organizations and similar entities to consider cancellation of public events and services. Contact your local public health office or consult official sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health, for helpful guidance on decision making. Elderly citizens and those with chronic, underlying health conditions face a serious risk to their health, and we must do everything in our power to reduce risk associated with this virus. Continue to support one another, be mindful of potential exposure, use best practices to prevent infection and pray for your fellow Americans in the weeks ahead.”

Authorities say a review of state records indicates Kemp’s declaration will constitute Georgia’s first ever public health emergency.

For updates on COVID-19, follow @GeorgiaFEMA, @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter.

For additional information, please visit the DPH website at https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus.

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