Georgia Has 1k New COVID Cases in the Last Day
In Mid-April, the White House listed out a series of guidelines that each state should follow in order to reopen their economy. The guidelines, however, were just recommendations with no laws requiring states to hit the benchmarks in order to give non-essential businesses the go ahead.
Despite not reaching the benchmarks, Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp decided to allow businesses like barber shops, gyms and tattoo parlors to open their doors. He was heavily criticized for his actions. And now, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the state saw over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.
Chelsea Prince writes, “As of noon Thursday, the Georgia Department of Public Health was reporting just over 26,000 confirmed cases. That number now stands at 27,134, according to data released at 12:25 p.m. Friday.”
Kemp tweeted on Thursday, “While the current shelter in place order will expire tonight at 11:59 PM for most Georgians, the elderly and medically fragile will still be required to shelter in place through June 12.“
The Georgia Governor continued, “encourage all Georgians to continue to maintain social distancing, limit their travel, and use best practices. Gatherings of more than 10 people will not be allowed unless it is possible to maintain 6 feet of distance.”
I encourage all Georgians to continue to maintain social distancing, limit their travel, and use best practices. Gatherings of more than 10 people will not be allowed unless it is possible to maintain 6 feet of distance. Read the new Executive Order: https://t.co/foH4Y5kA4H pic.twitter.com/n5k5ihC2df
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) April 30, 2020