Kemp extends COVID-19 state of emergency for Georgia

Here are some of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the CSRA and across the country.
Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 6:06 PM EDT
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ATLANTA (WRDW/WAGT) - Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp signed two executive orders extending the public health state of emergency and existing COVID-19 safety measures.

“While we continue to see a decreasing case fatality rate, expanded testing, and adequate hospital surge capacity, in recent days, Georgia has seen an increase in new cases reported and current hospitalizations. Given these trends, I am extending previous COVID-19 safety requirements and guidelines that were due to expire on June 30 at 11:59 PM,” Kemp said in a statement Monday.

Executive Order extends the state of emergency through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 11.

It allows for enhanced coordination across government and the private sector for supply procurement, comprehensive testing and health care capacity.

A second order continues to require social distancing, bans gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is 6 feet between each person, outlines mandatory criteria for businesses and requires sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile.

The order also outlines that the Georgia Board of Education must provide “rules, regulations, and guidance for the operation of public elementary and secondary schools for local boards of education” in accordance with guidance from Dr. Kathleen Toomey, the Department of Public Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

This order lasts until at least July 15.

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