Battling COVID-19 in Georgia 

The Georgia House Democratic Caucus stood in firm opposition against the Governor’s premature call to reopen the state.  Our state was not and still is not ready to completely resume operations.  Over the past few weeks, we have seen drastic increases in COVID-19 cases across the state with as many as 3,000 new COVID-19 cases within a 24-hour time period. 

Kemp’s failed response has already made this crisis much worse and far harder on Georgians than it could have been — now, his lack of action will put more families at risk.  Local governments cannot issue orders that go against Governor Kemp’s executive orders, effectively binding local governments to follow the state’s lax orders.

He has repeatedly said that he will not mandate Georgians to wear a mask and is instead spending taxpayer dollars flying around the state encouraging people to wear a mask. 

The Georgia House Democratic Caucus believe that our state can come out of this global pandemic stronger, if we listen to public health experts.  With numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths continuing to rise, our government must act swiftly to do whatever it takes to flatten the curve.  The shelter in place order worked.  Georgia was able to flatten the curve; but once Governor Kemp prematurely lifted the order, people went back out and the virus has continued to rapidly spread.    

 

We continue to ask Georgians to shelter in place when possible and to wear a mask whenever you are out in public. 

 

Here are some helpful resources: 

COVID - 19 Tracking and General Information

  1. Georgia's COVID-19 Hotline: (844) 442-2681

  2. Centers for Disease Control

  3. Georgia Department of Public Health

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