Message from Rep. Eddie Lumsden

The following information is from a Confrence Call held (Friday) morning with Governor Kemp and other State Leaders regarding COVID 19 response.

Thank you Representatives Bonnie Rich for this excellent summary.

At 11am (Friday) MARCH 20, 2020, the Governor held a conference call with members of the Georgia General Assembly, during which Governor Kemp, Homer Bryson, the Director of GEMA, and Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, all spoke. They offered the following updates:

Homer Bryson, the Director of GEMA:

Georgia has received significant numbers of N95 masks from the federal stockpile. In addition, we have requested significant numbers of ventilators and personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, garment covers, etc.) from FEMA. Finally, Georgia has placed orders from private suppliers for these same items. Lists of the exact items and numbers of each will be published later today.

In order to address the shortage of hand sanitizer, an Atlanta manufacturer has converted its plant to produce hand sanitizer, which has been tested for efficacy. The state of Georgia has ordered for purchase a large quantity of this hand sanitizer, which will be distributed across the state as needed.

Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health:

Georgia’s death rate is high due to the fact that we are testing only the highest risk patients. We expect to see a higher complication and death rate among this population.

Everyone, please heed the guidance of the CDC with respect to social distancing. Do not go out at all if you are exhibiting any symptoms. Do not present in doctor’s offices or hospitals. Immediately call your doctor or the COVID 19 Hotline and follow their guidance with respect to quarantine and testing.

If you do not have insurance, Medicaid or Medicare and do not know where to go for testing, Call COVID 19 Hotline: 844-442-2681.

Governor Kemp:

The State is not planning to order any businesses closed at this point. Local governments around the state are making those decisions as they deem appropriate for their communities. These orders allow for exceptions for certain life-sustaining and necessary business operations.

Local law enforcement at Tybee Island and St. Simons Island has taken action to keep the beaches safe during this state of emergency. The Georgia State Patrol assisted local law enforcement to mitigate traffic control during these locally-led endeavors.

Georgia will most likely follow the federal government’s lead on the 90-day extension for the filing of income tax returns. The Governor’s office is studying this now and will make a decision shortly.

To our faith community: Please follow CDC guidelines on public gatherings.

As additional information becomes available I will keep you informed.


Eddie Lumsden